HAITI finished a respectable third at the first Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s Caribbean Cup, after defeating Martinique 5-1 yesterday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.
After losing 2-0 to Jamaica at the semi-final stage, the Haitians bounced back with a Kensie Bobo (15th, 47th & 72nd) hat-trick, while Manoucheka Pierre-Louis (70th) and Wisline Dolcine (45th) got one apiece. At one point, Kelly Brena pulled Martinique closer at 3-1 in the 65th minute, before Haiti pulled away again.
Early on, Martinique’s goalkeeper Cathy Bellune matched a powerful strike from Haitian left-midfielder Pierre-Louis, who cut inside, with an equally good parry.
San Francisco-based Samantha Brand lifted another shot over from a good position, as Haiti took control in the opening 15 minutes.
Bobo gave the Haitians the lead in the 15th minute, guiding in a cross, from a suspicious-looking offside position.
Martinique should have equalised on the half hour, when a ball over the top put clear their best player, central midfielder Nathalela Paulin.
But she missed with a wild shot. Striker Bobo then twice missed further chances to put the Haitians ahead, before a goalkeeper error gave the Haitians a second goal on the stroke of half-time, when Dolcine’s free-kick slipped from Bellune’s grasp.
Haiti took a 3-0 lead in the early minutes of the second-half when Bobo turned in a square pass from Shanna Hudson, but Brena put a good low chip across Haitian keeper Geralda Saintulus to pull a goal back for Martinique with 25 minutes left in the match.
Pierre-Louis then ripped a spectacular shot from an angle for Haiti’s fourth item, and Bobo added a fifth with a close-up finish.