Haiti defeat Martinique in Caribbean derby

Published on 19 July 2021

#10 Kevin Fortune scores the 1000th Concacaf Gold Cup goal and the only goal for Martinique against Haiti in the 53 minute. (Photo: Concacaf Media)

FRSCO, Texas (July 18, 2021)—With both teams eliminated from the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup, the Group B clash between Haiti and Martinique at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on Sunday was strictly for pride. Haiti triumphed 2-1.

Haiti started the aggressors and seemed intent on making their early superiority count. They were rewarded for their industry as early as the third minute of play after a Carnejy Antoine conversion. Antoine’s strike came after a deflected Derrick Etienne’s cross found the French attacker, who made no mistake with his finish to notch his second goal of the tournament. 

Antoine could have increased his tally and his team’s lead in the 13th minute, running onto a pass by Pierre, but the shot went into the side netting.

Martinique’s first-half chance of the match was a speculative long-range shot by Stephane Abaul, who tried to catch the Haitian goalkeeper unaware. But he saw his effort sail harmlessly over the goal.  A minute later, in the 25th, Haiti had back-to-back chances to increase their lead through Ronaldo Dumas and Etienne, but were denied on both occasions by some fantastic work between the uprights by Arnaud Des Etages.

Etienne’s shot in first-half stoppage time rounded off a dominating effort by Haiti and saw them take the one-goal advantage into the second half.

The match resumed and Martinique looked to get back into the match.  That they did in historic fashion through a 53’ Kevin Fortune goal. Fortune’s goal arrived when Abaul floated a cross into the Haitian penalty area and Fortune was on the spot to head home for the 1000th goal in Gold Cup play. That conversion came after a sustained period of pressure from Martinique in what would prove to be their best spell of the match.

Abaul shot wide after some good off the ball movement and a give-and-go at the top of the penalty area.  Abaul should have done more with that effort, at least testing Sylvestre in goal for Haiti and would soon rue that spurned opportunity.

Momentum shifted back to Haiti on the hour mark when Les Martinino’s Sebastien Cretinoir received his marching orders. The resulting free kick saw skipper Ricardo Ade’s free kick take a deflection before nestling into the bottom corner of the net to restore Haiti’s advantage in the match.

The Martinique resurgence took another blow in the 78th minute, when Patrick Burner was also sent off, leaving Martinique to play the remainder of the match with only nine men.

With a two-man advantage, Haiti was able to comfortably see out the remainder of the match and end their 2021 Gold Cup campaign on a high note.

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