ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (March 22, 2016) – The Scotiabank CFU Men's Caribbean Cup kicked off with Grenada and Guyana scoring freely in wide margins of victory against St. Maarten and Anguilla respectively and Cuba defeating Bermuda 2-1.
Cuba 2-1 Bermuda
Playing at Pedro Marrero Stadium in Havana, Cuba defeated Bermuda 2-1 to take control of Group 3.
The Cubans opened the scoring through Deniel Luis in the 29th minute of play, taking a one nil lead into the first half. Cuba doubled the lead in the 77th minute with a strike from Alberto Luis, making the match 2-0.
Bermuda would score a consolation goal in the 90th minute of play through Jonte Smith to end the encounter 2-1 in favour of Cuba.
Guyana 7-0 Anguilla
Guyana's Golden Jaguars, playing before a home crowd at the National Stadium in Providence, routed Anguilla 7-0 in Group 5 action.
Opening the scoring for Guyana was Dwight Peters in the 11th minute followed by Christopher Nurse in the 14th minute of play. Peters would score his second of the match in the 30th minute, while English-based player Neil Danns made it 4-0 in the 34th minute.
The Golden Jaguars continued the scoring just before the half when Gregory Richardson made it 5-0 in the 45th minute of play. In the second half, Guyana continued to dominate with strikes from Vurlon Mills in the 47th minute and Marcel Barrington in the 65th minute, ending the match 7-0 in favour of Guyana.
Grenada 5-0 St. Maarten
Grenada, meanwhile, welcomed back St. Maarten to Caribbean Cup action by defeating the Dutch-Caribbean team 5-0 at the Grenada National Stadium.
After being held goalless in the first half, Jake Rennie broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute. Minutes later, in the 54th minute, Jamal Charles double Grenada's lead. The third goal for the Spice Isle came from a St. Maarten own goal in the 56th minute.
The home team's second-half blitz in the Group 2 encounter continued when Shavon John-Brown added a fourth goal in the 67th, while Shane Rennie made it 5-0 in the 87th minute of play.
Round 1 continues on Wednesday, March 22, 2016 when Antigua and Barbuda hosts Aruba in Group 1; Barbados is at home to Curacao in Group 4; Suriname travels to Guadeloupe in Group 6; and British Virgin Islands is away to Martinique in Group 7.
The Caribbean Cup is a biennial event that qualifies teams to the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Jamaica's Reggae Boys are the defending champions.