Lombardo double virtually qualifies 10-man Jabloteh for Caribbean final round

San Juan Jabloteh double scorer Jairo Lombardo, third from left, is congratulated by his teammates during their 4-1 win over Club Sportif Moulien in their Caribbean Club Championship 2017 Group E clash at Victoria Park in Kingstown, St. Vincent on 10 March.

Saturday 11 March 2017

San Juan Jabloteh looks set to join Trinidad and Tobago Pro League compatriots and two-time reigning champions Central FC in the Caribbean Club Championship 2017 Final Round to be hosted in Trinidad from May 14 - 21.

This after 10-man Jabloteh improved their stranglehold of Group E in St. Vincent with a 4-1 comeback win over Guadeloupe’s Club Sportif Moulien on Friday at Victoria Park in Kingstown.

Nineteen-year-old Panamanian midfielder Jairo Lambardo scored on either side of the break to cushion Jabloteh, after the San Juan Kings needed an equaliser through Verlon Mills after midfielder Minji Gomez had first put Moulien ahead.

Nathan Lewis capped off the victory with a late item but Jabloteh, already without injured striker Jamal Gay, must do without influential captain Damian Williams in their final group stage game against second-positioned System 3 Sport Academy on Sunday.

The Jamaican defensive midfielder received a direct red card midway in the second half. His position will be filled by Kion Joseph, Elijah Manners or Keyon Edwards, who according to coach Keith Jeffrey, have all “stepped up their game making the selection process a difficult one.”

The win, however, kept Jabloteh perfect with 6 points and a superior goal-difference of +12 ahead the clash against Vincentian team System 3 who have 3 points and a +3 goal-difference.

System 3, with a mountain of a challenge against Jabloteh, crushed Flames United 9-2 in the second game on Friday, jumping ahead of Moulien (3 points / +1 goal-difference) on goal-difference, while Flames, who will face the Guadeloupe side in their final game on Sunday, are anchored at the bottom without a point.

While a win or a draw will see Jabloteh through to the Final Round, a loss – based on the goal margin – can also suffice. 

“We want to leave with 9 points,” said Keith Jeffrey, who plans to rotate his squad against System 3.

“We want to finish as shining group winners, but this game also allows us the opportunity to give other players more playing time, such as Tyrone Charles, Kadeem Corbin and Kennedy Hinkson, and give the team some fresh legs.”

Left to right: San Juan Jabloteh players Jairo Lombardo, Verlon Mills, Keithy Simpson and Elijah Manners at Piarco International Airport on March prior to the team's departure for St. Vincent and the Grenadines last Monday. (Photo courtesy San Juan Jabloteh twitter account)

The Jabloteh coach credited the performances of such players as Nathan Lewis, Keithy Simpson, Lombardo and Verlon Mills as “tremendous”, and said the competition within his entire team has been brilliant. He also singled out the performances of goalkeepers Javon Sample against Flames United and Andrew Durant against Moulien as great for the team.

Moulien had grabbed the lead on 13 minutes through Gomez and Jeffrey conceded that his side was outplayed for the first 20 minutes against the Guadeloupe outfit.

“I was very much impressed by Moulien,” said Jeffrey. “They were similar to Central FC in Trinidad, good structure in their play and all. But they (Moulien) didn’t have the speed to complement their play. Our speed and movement made the difference for us.”

Mills equalised for Jabloteh on 17 minutes, the Guyana winger's second goal of the tournament, before left-footed talent Lombardo gave the Pro League outfit a 2-1 lead by the 20th-minute.


Lombardo completed his double in the 68th-minute with his third goal of the campaign before he was replaced injured.

Lewis, who scored a hat-trick against Flames in Wednesday’s 9-0 opening win, got his fourth goal of the campaign five minutes from the end as Jabloteh moved one step closer to the Final Round.

Central, as reigning champions received a bye to the Final Round which will be contested in two groups of 3, with the overall group winners advancing into the title match and the Caribbean’s place in the newly re-formatted CONCACAF Champions League.

Haiti’s Racing FC (Group A), Dominica Republic’s Cibao FC (Group B) and Antigua and Barbuda side Grenades FC (Group C) have already qualified for the Final Round of the Caribbean Club Championship, while Puerto Rico Islanders, Jamaica’s Portmore United, Cayman Islands’ Scholars International and Suriname’s SV Transvaal will contest Group D in Puerto Rico from March 14 – 19.

Teams finishing second, third and fourth in the Caribbean Club Championship will participate in the Confederation’s newly launched club championship tournament for Caribbean and Central American clubs which kicks off in August. The winner of that tournament will also qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League.

Caribbean Football Union (CFU) 2017 Club Championship
Group E results
(Friday 10 March 2016)
San Juan Jabloteh 4 
(Verlon Mills 17’, Jairo Lombardo 20’, 68’, Nathan Lewis 85’) vs Club Sportif Moulien 1 (Minji Gomez 13’), at Victoria Park, St. Vincent;

System 3 Sport Academy 9 
vs Flames United 2, at at Victoria Park, St. Vincent.

(Wednesday 8 March 2016)
Flames United 0 
vs San Juan Jabloteh 9 (Keithy Simpson, Nathan Lewis, Jairo Lombardo, Tyrone Charles, Jamal Gay), at Victoria Park, St. Vincent;

System 3 Sport Academy 0 vs Club Sportif Moulien 4, at Victoria Park, St. Vincent.

Upcoming games
(Sunday 12 March 2017)
Club Sportif Moulien (Guadeloupe) v Flames United SC (St Maarten), at Victoria Park, St. Vincent;

System 3 Sport Academy (St. Vincent & the Grenadines) v San Juan Jabloteh (T&T), at Victoria Park, St. Vincent.

Group E Standings

#  Team                                            MP   W   D   L   GF   GA  GD   Points
1  San Juan Jabloteh                       2      2    0   0    13   1    +12     6
2  System 3 Sport Club                    2      1    0   1    9      6     +3     3
3  Club Sportif Moulien                    2      1    0   1    5      4     +1     3
4 Flames United                               2      0    0    2    2    18   -16     0  

San Juan Jabloteh team vs Club Sportif Moulien
Andrew Durrant (GK), Damian Williams (Capt.) (Red Card), Akeem Benjamin (Josiah Trimmingham), Jevon Morris, Adrian Reid, Kion Joseph, Elijah Manners, Keithy Simpson, Jairo Lombardo (Tyrone Charles), Nathan Lewis, Vurlon Mills (Micah Lansiquot).


Full First Round Schedule and Results


GROUP A (Antigua & Barbuda)

February 22, 2017

Racing FC (Haiti) v Inter Moengo Tapoe (Suriname) 2

Greenbay Hoppers FC (Antigua & Barbuda) v Bequia United FC (St. Vincent & the Grenadines) 1

February 24, 2017

Bequia United FC (St. Vincent & the Grenadines) v Racing FC (Haiti) 4

Greenbay Hoppers FC (Antigua & Barbuda) v Inter Moengo Tapoe (Suriname) 2

February 26, 2017

Inter Moengo Tapoe (Suriname) v Bequia United FC (St. Vincent & the Grenadines) 1

Greenbay Hoppers FC (Antigua & Barbuda) v Racing FC (Haiti) 2

Group A
#  Team                                            MP   W   D   L   GF   GA  GD   Points
1  Racing FC                                     3      2    1   0    8      2    +6     7
2  Inter Moengo Tapoe                       3      2    1   0   8      3    +5     7
3  Greenbay Hoppers                         3      1    0   2   2      5    -3     3
4 Bequia United                                  3      0     0   3   2    10   -8     0  

GROUP B (Haiti)

March 1, 2017

Police FC (Montserrat) v Cibao FC (Dominican Republic) 16

Don Bosco FC (Haiti) v USR Sainte‐Rose (Guadeloupe) 1

March 3, 2017

Cibao FC (Dominican Republic) v USR Sainte‐Rose (Guadeloupe) 0

Don Bosco FC (Haiti) 11 v Police FC (Montserrat) 0

March 5, 2017

USR Sainte‐Rose (Guadeloupe) v Police FC (Montserrat) 0

Don Bosco FC (Haiti) v Cibao FC (Dominican Republic) 1

Group B
#  Team                                            MP   W   D   L   GF   GA  GD   Points
1  Cibao FC                                       3      2    1   0    18     1   +17     7
2  Don Bosco FC                               3      1     2   0   13     2    +11    5
3  Sainte-Rose                                   3      1     1   1   10     2    -8     4
4 Police FC                                        3      0     0   3   0     36    -36    0  

GROUP C (Jamaica)
March 1, 2017

Club Barcelona Atletico (Dominican Republic) v Elite Sport Club (Cayman Islands) 0

Montego Bay United (Jamaica) 2 v Grenades FC (Antigua & Barbuda) 3

March 3, 2017

Grenades FC (Antigua & Barbuda) 2 v Club Barcelona Atletico (Dominican Republic) 2

Montego Bay United (Jamaica)  5 v Elite Sport Club (Cayman Islands) 0

March 5, 2017

Elite Sport Club (Cayman Islands) v Grenades FC (Antigua & Barbuda) 2

Montego Bay United (Jamaica) v Club Barcelona Atletico (Dominican Republic) 2

Group C
#  Team                                            MP   W   D   L   GF   GA  GD   Points
1  Grenades FC                                 3      2    1   0    7      4    +3     7
2  Club Barcelona Atletico                 3      1     2   0   8      4    +4     5
3  Montego Bay United                      3      1     1   1   9      5    +4     4
4 Elite SC                                           3      0     0   3   0     11   -11   0  

GROUP E (St. Vincent & the Grenadines)

March 8, 2017

Flames United SC (St. Maarten) 0 v San Juan Jabloteh (T&T) 9

System 3 Sport Academy (St. Vincent & the Grenadines) v Club Sportif Moulien (Guadeloupe) 4

March 10, 2017

San Juan Jabloteh v Club Sportif Moulien 1

System 3 Sport Academy (St. Vincent & the Grenadines) v Flames United SC (St. Maarten) 2

March 12, 2017

Club Sportif Moulien (Guadeloupe) v Flames United SC (St Maarten)

System 3 Sport Academy (St. Vincent & the Grenadines) v San Juan Jabloteh (T&T)

Group E standings
#  Team                                            MP   W   D   L   GF   GA  GD   Points
1  San Juan Jabloteh                       2      2    0   0    13   1    +12     6
2  System 3 Sport Club                    2      1    0   1    9      6     +3     3
3  Club Sportif Moulien                    2      1    0   1    5      4     +1     3
4 Flames United                               2      0    0    2    2    18   -16     0  

GROUP D (Puerto Rico)

March 14, 2017

Scholars International (Cayman Islands) v Portmore United (Jamaica)


March 15, 2017
Puerto Rico Islanders (Puerto Rico) v SV Transvaal (Suriname)

March 16, 2017

Portmore United (Jamaica) v SV Transvaal (Suriname)


March 17, 2017
Puerto Rico Islanders (Puerto Rico) v Scholars International (Cayman Islands)

March 18, 2017

SV Transvaal (Suriname) v Scholars International (Cayman Islands)


March 19, 2017

Puerto Rico Islanders (Puerto Rico) v Portmore United (Jamaica)

 

 
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