Tuesday 11 December 2012

French Guiana crash to defeat, Martinique secure important point

French Guiana slipped back down to earth with a 2-1 defeat to Cuba after substitute Ariel Martinez stunned them with 2 quick-fire 2nd half goals.

French Guiana were unchanged and had to resist some early Cuban pressure as Marcel Hernández saw his long-range shot turned away by Laurent Petchy after 8 min, before  Alberto Gómez headed wide from a corner on the quarter-hour mark. However in a classic French Guiana counter they took the lead in the 17th minute. Rhudy Evens sent the ball through to hotshot Gary Pigrée and as Odelín Molina ran of his line he slid it past the advancing Cuban goalkeeper for, remarkably, his 13th goal in his 15 internationals. The FIFA side remained on top but failed to test Petchy before the interval.

In the 2nd-half Cuba came out strongly and hit the bar after a fine strike from Jaime Colome in the 52nd minute. The pressure eventually told 20 minutes later when substitute Ariel Martinez fired a long-range equaliser past Petchy. Cuba then stunned the non-FIFA side just 120 seconds later when a long ball found Martinez who nodded home his 2nd. French Guiana were stunned and failed to exert any pressure on the Cubans, who went on to comfortably see out the win.

Match information –

Score: Cuba 2 – 1 French Guiana

Goals: Cuba - Ariel Martinez 73’, 75’. French Guiana - Gary Pigrée 17’.

French Guiana XI: Petchy; Marigard, Torvic, Evens, Lespérance; Ajaiso, Darcheville [Ridel 86’], Malouda, Sophie; Pigrée, Edwige.


Martinique played out a bland 0-0 draw with Jamaica, who find themselves bottom, as they went top of group B.

The 1st half was a lacklustre affair with few chances created by either side. In the 14th minute Kévin Parsemain had a goal ruled out for offside and 3 minutes later Arles-Avignon defender Gaël Germany watched his low shot sail wide of Dwayne Miller’s goal. Jamaica were restricted to long-range efforts though they came close in the 45th minute when Demar Phillips was unlucky to see his bicycle kick go just over Kévin Olimpa’s crossbar.

After 5 minutes of the 2nd-half William Sery put in a good block to deny Jermaine Anderson, and the Jamaican player headed over from a corner in the 59th minute. 4 minutes later the 1998 World Cup finalists were down to 10 men when Phillips was sent off somewhat harshly having received a 2nd yellow. Martinique failed to take advantage and were happy to go top of the group with 4 points.

The two non-FIFA teams will now meet on Wednesday at 17:00 (21:00 U.K) in a crucial tie for both sides. Les Matinino know a point will be enough, French Guiana will need to win. Updates will be available via our Twitter service @NonFIFAfootball.

Match information –

Score: Jamaica 0 - 0 Martinique


Martinique XI: Olimpa; Zaire, Herelle, Germany, Sery; Delem [Reuperné 85'], Cretinoir, Berdix, Mirza; Parsemain [Angély 89'], Piquionne [Joseph-Rose 82'].

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