Haiti exploded for four second-half goals to earn a 5-0 win over Cuba in the final of the Caribbean qualifying competition for the 2017 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship at Ato Boldon Stadium Sunday.
The Haitians completed the final round with a 4W-1D-0L record, scoring 15 goals and conceding only one, while Cuba lost for the first time after posting four straight wins.
Steve Mondestin scored in a third straight game to give Haiti a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute.
Ten minutes after break, Steve Selso Saint-Duc doubled the advantage with his team-high fifth goal and Jean Jacques Danley made it 3-0 in the 63rd minute.
Luidon Casseus (78th min) and Nael Wellofky Elysee (90th+2) completed the scoreline with their second and third goals of the tournament, respectively.
In the match for third place, Jamaica posted a 3-0 victory over Curacao. Raewin Senior got things started with a 21st-minute goal and Nicque Daley (48th, 70th) netted a second-half brace. Senior and Daley finished the tournament as the team’s co-scoring leaders with four goals each.
Cuba, Curacao, Haiti and Jamaica had previously earned berths to the CONCACAF event, which will be played in Panama from April 21-May 7, 2017. The field also include the host nation, Canada, Mexico, Suriname, the United States and three to-be-determined Central American sides.