The CONCACAF Under-15 football tournament has been a resounding success with full houses at all three venues. Wednesday night is the final round of group matches and free entry.
When the semi-finals are played at the Truman Bodden field on Friday and the finals kick off on Sunday, there will be an admission charge. Worth every cent, many are saying. Entry to the semis are $10 and $15 for the finals. One free child’s ticket is available when a parent/guardian purchases one full price ticket.
Honduras have been the best supported visiting team. That was again evident on Monday night in their Group D game against Guadeloupe at a packed TE McField Annex Stadium when they won 2-0. Flags and jerseys in national colours were worn by many, and the klaxons, horns and sirens blared out throughout the night.
Walter Rodrigues in the 20th minute and Man of the Match Darixon Vuelto in 50th minute confirmed Honduras their place at the top of the table and a semi-final spot. Jorge Alvarez had an exceptional game for Honduras.
In an earlier match at the Annex, St. Kitts and Nevis earned their first points of the tournament with a 4-2 win over Curacao.
Then in the last match of Group D, El Salvador defeated St. Vincent and The Grenadines 4-1. One goal by Juan Martinez in the 23rd minute, two by Man of the Match Josue Melendez in the 43rd and 49th minute, and a fourth by Carlos Herrera near the end, earned El Salvador top group place with one match remaining.
Alejandro Cortez was another one of El Salvador’s heroes, with some magical touches and passes from midfield.
In Monday’s first game at Ed Bush Stadium, Haiti defeated Puerto Rico 1-0. Man of the Match Tchekvoh-Kevin Amede scored in the 41st minute.
Haiti secured the second place in Group D and still have a change to qualify for the semis if they beat table toppers El Salvador at Ed Bush on Wednesday.
In the second game at Ed Bush Stadium, Martinique defeated Antigua and Barbuda 2-0 and El Salvador showed some silky skills to comfortably beat St. Vincent and The Grenadines 4-1.
In Tuesday night’s games, Group A matches leaders Bermuda played St. Maarten, the Cayman Islands faced Aruba and Bahamas faced US Virgin Islands.
The Group B match between Guatemala and Jamaica decided who advances to the semis. The other game was Grenada against Belize.
Wednesday night at the Annex sees: St. Martin against St. Kitts and Nevis (4.30pm), Antigua and Barbuda face Puerto Rico (6pm) and Honduras against Curacao (7.30pm). At the Ed Bush stadium, El Salvador play Haiti (4.30pm) and Martinique face St. Vincent (6pm).