Late goals sink Caledonia
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Harrison Rochez and Jonathan Reyes scored second half goals to lift Marathon to a 2-1 win over Caledonia AIA, on Wednesday night, in a match between two teams already eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League.
It was Marathon's first win of the group stage, and the Hondurans moved into sole possession of second place, with one match remaining. Marathon close out their Champions League campaign with a match against quarterfinal-bound Seattle, at CenturyLink Field, on October 24.
Caledonia wrapped up their participation, earning just one point from four matches. That came in a 0-0 draw with Marathon at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on August 22.
Reyes assured Wednesday's victory by collecting a deflected ball in the box and lifting it over a charging Glenroy Samuel to give Marathon the lead for good in the 81st minute. Rochez had put Marathon in front in the 53rd, pouncing on the rebound of Cristhian Altamirano's saved shot.
Tulio Vega appeared to double the lead in the 65th minute, again capitalising on a rebound, but he was ruled offside and his goal from 12 metres was voided.
Three minutes after having a shot blocked by a Marathon defender in the box, Jamal Gay struck for Caledonia.
Abdallah Phillips started the play by winning the ball from Kevin Espionza in the Marathon defensive third. He raced into the box and passed to Gay, who hammered home the equaliser from 12 metres, in the 72nd minute.