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Sterling fires St Kitts to winning start, Antigua suffer first defeat


(CMC) MIAMI, Florida – United Kingdom-based forward Omari Sterling scored an astonishing long range free kick as St Kitts and Nevis made a winning start to their Nations League campaign with a 3-2 victory over Aruba on Thursday.

Playing in Group B of League C, the 28-year-old doubled St Kitts’ lead just after the hour mark at the Rignaal Francisca Stadium in Willemstad, after Carlos Bertie had opened the scoring inside six minutes with a brilliant finish.

Gregor Breinburg hit back early in the second half from the spot for Aruba but Vinceroy Nelson restored St Kitts’ two-goal cushion, before Javier Jimenez scored deep in stoppage for Aruba.

While Aruba lead the group with four points from two matches, St Kitts sit second on three points but with two games in hand.

Kimaree Rogers held off centre back Fernando Lewis down the left flank to float a cross into the centre of the box where Bertie controlled on his chest before flicking a right-footed shot past goalkeeper Eric Abdul.

Sterling then took the spotlight when his spot kick from nearly 30 yards out which also left Abdul helpless, giving St Kitts a 2-0 half-time lead.

A handball in the area saw Breinburg haul Aruba back into the contest with a 55th minute strike and the game remained open until Nelson latched onto a long ball out of the back, out-muscled centre half Darryl Baly and completed a smooth finish in the 83rd.

Jimenez struck late with a desperate close range goal but it came too late to impact the result.

Also in League C but in Group C, St Lucia pulled off a 1-0 victory away to Dominica at Windsor Park, Jevick Macfarlane scoring in the 54th minute while in Group D, Cayman Islands went down 3-0 to Puerto Rico at the Truman Bodden Stadium with Isaac Angking notching a goal on either side of the break.

In Group A of League B, Thierry Ambrose’s 16th minute strike at the Darren Sammy National Stadium in Gros Islet sent Barbados tumbling to their third straight defeat and earned Guadeloupe their second win in three outings.

Antigua and Barbuda, meanwhile, lost their first in three appearances, going down 2-0 to Cuba also in Group A at Warner Park in Basseterre, courtesy of strikes from Luis Paradela (16th) and Onel Hernández (83rd).

In Group D, Joel Sarrucco’s 89th minute strike earned French Guiana a 1-1 draw away to Belize and kept them unbeaten and top of the standings on seven points.

There were crushing wins for Panama and Canada in League A, the Central Americans blanking Martinique 5-0 in Panama City and the North Americans inflicting a 4-0 defeat on Curacao in Vancouver.


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