Martinique women’s national football team got off to a winning start after beating Antigua and Barbuda 2-0 in a 2014 Women’s Caribbean Cup Group B match yesterday, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.
Striker Prisca Carin registered a brace for Martinique with a goal in either half, against an Antigua-Barbuda team which had spells of possession, but not much cutting edge. The action never got above mediocre as both teams looked to find their foot early in the tournament.
Martinique took the lead in the 12th minute when Carin took a through pass and scored in an empty net after going around the Antiguan keeper Nikisha Samuel.
However, Antigua-Barbuda settled down and Marley Joseph hit the bar with an excellent long range shot, midway through the first-half. The Antiguans had much more of the ball, but hardly looked like drawing level.
Having survived some pressure after scoring, Martinique had another excellent chance, from another through ball, putting Nathalie Cyrille clear down the middle. But having so much time, the striker hesitated enough to give the keeper Samuel a chance to block the shot.
In the second half Carin doubled her tally in the 65th with an expert finish when putting Nathalea Paulin’s corer kick high into the net. And five minutes later, Martinique looked set for a third goal with a hard shot from Pauling headed to the far corner, before the Antiguan keeper got a fist to it. The Antiguan keeper had no chance when Aurelie Rouge swung in a direct shot from a free-kick and saw the ball crash off the crossbar in the 80th minute.
And even when the Martinique keeper Cathy Bellune contrived to give the ball away in the penalty area, two Antigua strikers did their best to give the ball back to her. They simply did not want to score.