Portmore United (pictured) won its 2017 Caribbean Club Championship, first-round group. (Photo: Puerto Rico FC)
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico – Portmore United claimed the last berth in the 2017 Caribbean Club Championship finals, defeating SV Transvaal, 6-1, on Saturday at the Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel, to finish first in Group D.
Here are the highlights:
Portmore United (Jamaica) 6, SV Transvaal (Suriname) 1
- Needing only a draw to progress, Portmore United struck for three goals in each half to post a 6-1 win over SV Transvaal.
- Six different players accounted for the Portmore goals, none of whom scored in either of the previous two matches.
- Portmore United captured its only Caribbean club title in 2005.
Puerto Rico FC (Puerto Rico) 4, Scholars International (Cayman Islands) 0
- With Portmore United securing the only berth from Group D in the Caribbean finals, host Puerto Rico FC outdistanced Scholars International, 4-0, in a match played only for pride.
- Four different players got on the scoresheet for Puerto Rico FC, each of whom scored their first goal in the competition.
The other finalists are two-time defending champion and host Central FC (Trinidad & Tobago), plus group winners Racing FC (Haiti, Group A), Cibao FC (Dominican Republic, Group B), Grenades FC (Antigua & Barbuda, Group C) and San Juan Jabloteh (Trinidad & Tobago, Group E).
The champion of the Caribbean Club Championship qualifies for the newly re-formatted CONCACAF Champions League, while the second-, third- and fourth-placed clubs will participate in the Confederation’s newly launched club championship for Caribbean and Central American teams, which kicks off in August.
Last year, Central FC defended its Caribbean title by prevailing over fellow Trinidadian side DirecTV W Connection in the final for the second straight year, 3-0.
2017 CARIBBEAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
GROUP D (Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel – Bayamon, Puerto Rico)
Table (Games Played, Wins, Draws, Losses, Goals For, Goals Against, Points)
Portmore United 3-3-0-0-9-1-9
Puerto Rico FC 3-2-0-1-5-1-6
SV Transvaal 3-1-0-2-5-7-3
Scholars International 3-0-0-3-0-10-0
March 14, 2017
Scholars International 0, Portmore United 2
Ricardo Morris 8’; Jermie Lynch 21’
Puerto Rico FC 1, SV Transvaal 0
Hector Ramos 28’ pen
March 16, 2017
SV Transvaal 4, Scholars International 0
Debolha Akoela 28’; Alessandro Ferreira 48’; Sorencio Juliaans 88’; Jerry Boldewijn 90’+1
Puerto Rico FC 0, Portmore United 1
Ricardo Morris 90’+1
March 18, 2017
Portmore United 6, SV Transvaal 1
Sue-Lae McCalla 20’; own-goal, Cherwin Doorson 24’; Tremaine Stewart 33’; Cleon Pryce 52’ pen; Ewan Grandison 56’; Maalique Foster 81’ / Ivenzo Comvalius 66’
Puerto Rico FC 4, Scholars International 0
Michael Ramos 14’; Sidney Rivera 35’; Brian Bement 51’; Cristiano Fagundes Dias 57’