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St Lucia Hold St Kitts-Nevis to a draw

St. Lucia forced a draw with home team St. Kitts/Nevis in the fourth round of matches in the CONCACAF Zone of 2014 World Cup Qualifiers.

St. Lucia opened the scoring against the run of play in the 74th minute when the defensive line for St. Kitts was caught in attacking mode and a few passes from a counter attack left Cliff Valcin with only one defender to beat. He muscled him off the ball and caught Akil Byron (the St. Kitts/Nevis keeper) in no man’s land. He then stabbed the ball into an empty net before the St. Kitts defense could recover.

St. Kitts continued to dominate and press the St. Lucia deep into the own half as had been the situation throughout the game. The once difference came in the 84th minute when Ian “Rumpy” Lake was able to score from a left sided cross with a beautiful flick- on header.

St. Kitts/Nevis could only blame themselves for the home draw after defeating the Lucians 4-2 in St. Lucia. Jevon Francis missed a penalty after George Isaac was brought down in the box. Lake hit the post with a previous header and early in the second half two attacking players combined to miss the ball from in the 6 yard box. Such was the dominance and greater possession on the ball that St. Lucia had to rely on counter attacks and on a few occasions nearly made St. Kitts/Nevis pay dearly.

However St. Kitts was handed a short life line going in the round of matches with Canada as an improved Puerto Rico team held the hosts Canada to a nil- nil draw in Toronto.

Canada now leads the group with 10 points while St. Kitts/Nevis holds on to second place with 6 points. The means that St. Kitts Nevis has to beat Canada twice in order to advance


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