ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Day 1 in CFU Under 20 Qualifying saw wins for Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, Antigua and Barbuda, Puerto Rico and St. Lucia.
Jamaica 2 - 1 Dominica
Shaman Nicholson 46', 61' (JAM), Zion Lander 24' (DOM)
Jamaica came from a goal down in the first half to defeat Dominica 2-1 in their opening Group 2 encounter. Dominica took the lead in the 24th minute with a goal from Zion Lander, giving the men from the Nature Isle the lead into half time. Jamaica took hold of the match in the second half with a Shaman Nicholson double in the 46th and 61st to give the young Reggae Boyz the victory.
Dominican Republic 2 - 1 St. Kitts and Nevis
Manny Rodriguez 52' (DR), Arismendy Jimenez 74' (DR), Tahir Hanley 42' (SKN)
Hosts Dominican Republic also had to come from behind as St. Kitts and Nevis’ Tahir Hanley gave his team the lead in the 42nd minute. But two goals, from Manny Rodriguez in the 52nd minute and Arismendy Jimenez in the 70th, were enough for the hosts to claim three points.
Turks & Caicos 0 - 2 St. Lucia
Antoine Wilfred 57' (LCA), Nyrone Winter 70' (LCA)
After a scoreless first half St. Lucia scored twice after the break to seal a victory versus Turks and Caicos Islands. St. Lucia's goals came from Antoine Wilfred in the 57th minute and Nyrone Winter in the 70th.
Trinidad and Tobago 1 - 0 Guadeloupe
Jarred Dass 48' (TRI)
Last edition’s champions Trinidad and Tobago defeated French islanders Guadeloupe 1 - 0 at the Ato Boldon Stadium. The lone strike came from Jarred Dass, who made it 1 - 0 in the 48th minute, securing an opening day win for the host.
Antigua and Barbuda 2 - 1 Cuba
Javorn Stevens 15’, 24’ (ANT), Lazaro Yasmani 41’ (CUB)
Antigua and Barbuda were 2-1 victors over Cuba thanks to a double by Javorn Stevens in the 14th and 24th minutes. The Benna Boys went into the interval up by two goals, however, Lazaro Yasmani pulled one back for Cuba in the 41st but it was not enough to deny Antigua and Barbuda the win.
Puerto Rico 9 – 0 Sint Maarten
Javier De La Rosa 3’ and 47’, Jose Rodriguez 12’, Andre Rivera 45+2, Jeimax Osoria 60’ and 70’ Juan O’Neill 68’, Carmelo Carrillo 76’ and 84’ (PR)
Puerto Rico notched up the widest margin of victory on opening night, with a 9-0 trouncing of Sint Maarten. Doubles by Javier DeLaRosa (3’ and 47’), Jeimax Osoria (60’ and 70’) and Carmelo Carillo (76’ and 84’) as well as singles by Jose Rodriguez, Andre Rivera and Juan O’Neill led Puerto Rico to a convincing win over the home team at the Raqul Illidge Sports Complex.