CFU Club Championship: Caledonia in must win situation; Defence Force out

Trinidadian clubs against Jamaicans on Tuesday

Defence Force attacking midfielder Josimar Belgrave (centre) battles for the ball against Caledonia midfielders Tyrone Charles (left) and Densill Theobald during their Round Two clash of the 2013/2014 Digicel Pro League.

Caledonia AIA are now in a must win situation against Group 2 leaders, Waterhouse FC, in the Caribbean Football Union Club Championship, after being held to a 2-2 draw against Inter Moengotapoe on Sunday afternoon at the Mirebalais Stadium in Haiti.

Following a goalless first half, Anduelo Amoeferie (48’) broke the deadlock with Inter’s first goal of the competition.  Nuru Abdullah Muhammad (61’) and Tyrone Charles (72’) then put the Trinidadians ahead as each scored their second goals of the tournament.  Despite Kareem Kwasie (76’) ensuring Moengotapoe a share of the points, the Surinamese were eliminated.

While the chances of fellow TT Pro League club Defence Force advancing out of the group phase, came to a complete end on Sunday when Group 3 leaders, Alpha United of Guyana, crushed Jamaican outfit Habour View 4-0 at the Harbour View Stadium in Jamaica to top the three-team group with 6 points.

Alpha, equipped with a number of former TT Pro League players Gregory Richardson, Dwight Peters, Dwain Jacobs and Kithson Bain, had defeated Defence Force 2-0 venue in their group opener on Friday, and with a late pull-out of the competition by Surinamese outfit Sporting Vereniging Notch, the soldiers faced elimination by their opening day defeat.

Defence Force – the reigning Digicel Pro League champions – will meet hosts Harbour View – the reigning Red Stripe Premier League champions – on Tuesday, with both teams chasing a consolation win on the final day of the group phase.

Defence Force are currently sixth on its domestic league standings, five points ahead of seventh positioned Caledonia, while Habour View sits second on its current domestic standings, ahead of Waterhouse by goals-difference.

Harbour View are equipped with Jamaica National Team players Dicoy Williams, Kemar Lawrence, John-Ross Edwards and Nicholas Beckett.

Caledonia meanwhile, with 4 points, must defeat Group 2 leaders, Waterhouse (6 points), to hurdle the Jamaicans for a place in the semi-final round to join automatic berth Valencia FC (Haiti) and already qualified Alpha United (Guyana).

The top three teams out of the Caribbean Club Championship will advance into next season’s Concacaf Champions League.
Caledonia midfielder Nathan Lewis (left) during game 2 action against Inter Moengotapoe.
Caledonia, the 2012 Caribbean champions who defeated host team AS Mirebalais of Haiti 3-0 last Friday, are chasing a third consecutive qualification into the Concacaf Champions League – a tournament milestone.

While Waterhouse, 4-0 winners over Inter Moengotapoe on Friday, and 2-1 against Mirebalais on Sunday, are hoping to put Jamaican club football back on the confederation’s map.

Group 1, contested at the Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Puerto Rico, remains open with leaders Bayamon FC and Unite Saint Rosienne both on 4 points, and Centro Dominguito still within a mathematical chance.

Hosts Bayamon, who defeated Boddon Town FC 5-0 on Friday and drew 0-0 against Centro Dominguito on Sunday, will take on Curacao’s Unite Saint Rosienne on the final day.

Rosienne first drew 0-0 with Dominguito and followed-up with a slim 1-0 win over Bodden to stay within qualifying out of the group.

The undefeated Dominguito will look to its first win on the final day against Bodden, while hoping for a slip-up by Bayamon and Rosienne, as a draw by the leaders can see the Netherlands Antilles side through to the semi-final round.

Group 1
1. Bayamon FC (4 points)
2. Unite Saint Rosienne (4 points)
3. Centro Dominguito (2 points)
4. Bodden Town FC (0 points)
 
Group 2, hosted in Haiti
1. Waterhouse FC (6 points)
2. Caledonia AIA (4. points)
3. Inter Moengotapoe (1 point)
4. Association Sporting de Mirebalais (0 points)

Group 3, hosted in Jamaica
1. Alpha United (6 points)
2. Habour View FC (0 points)
3. Defence Force (0 points)