The young Haitians gave a spirited performance of hard running off the ball coupled with good ball skills and sharp finishing in the first 45 minutes to lead 2-0 at the break . Jamaica’s Richard West scored immediately upon the resumption, at the 46th minute from a melee in the goal area but this was not enough of an offensive thrust to thwart the early strikes of Kelly Jean-Rood (12th minute) alongside Max Louis (36th minute). The sharper team movement in attack and possession by Haiti gave signs of class as they overran the disorganised looking Jamaican unit which showed more ascendancy in the second half with the introduction of French based midfielder Keith Kelly aided by Christopher McCrea. Coach Downswell remains optimistic of his charges on the return game in Haiti if Kelly could be there earlier plus Sheldon Battiste and England based Cleveland Taylor to get the two goals needed to qualify with a victory.
Harbour View failed to hold on to its early form after defeating Seba in stark contrast to Hazard who lost at home to Premier League debutants Bull Bay, then being further penalised by defender Claude Davis who was fined
$3,000 and suspended for three games. It did not stop there. Two managers were fined in addition to the club being further subjected to the new ruling of losing by a 3-0 scoreline. Well coach Lenworth Hyde turned adversity into motivation and his team sprung back to life with a disciplined team performance based on counter-attacking surges through midfield. The first blow struck in minute 39 by Trevino Porter bursting down the centre amidst two defenders to strike past goalkeeper Leroy Grey to lead 1-0 at halftime.
The game was primarily a midfield tussle with Jermaine Hue, Daniel Shaw supported by Baris Johnson battling the speed, skill and coordination of Omar Daley, Loxely Thomas and “axeman” Kevin Williams. But the difference came in the top end when last season’s leading goalscorer Reon Nelson latched onto a loose ball in the area to tap into a empty net , 2-0 at 51 minutes. Fabian Taylor responded with a header past Sawyers in goal only to be ruled offside soon after; this was the order of the day despite many raids by the homesters.
The Under 21 game between both teams played the day before ended in a 2-2 scoreline.