Kingston, Jamaica - Club Franciscain continued its superb international season by booking the final Caribbean spot for the new Scotiabank Concacaf League.
The Martinique club took care of business by edging Trinidad and Tobago outfit Central FC 2-1 at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Kingston on Thursday night.
Anthony Wolfe gave Central FC an early 1-0 lead with a strike in the 15', but Club Franciscain would answer with a pair of scores before halftime. Djenhael Mainge brought Club Franciscain level 1-1 with a good finish in the 27', and then Johnny Marajo converted right before the break in the first minute of first-half stoppage time to hand Club Franciscain a 2-1 lead that they would never relinquish.
Club Franciscain earned the right to contest the play-off fixture when they were crowned champions of the inaugural Concacaf Caribbean Shield, beating back the challenge of Suriname's Inter Moengotapoe 2-1 in the Dominican Republic in April.
Central FC, meantime, wrapped up its FLOW Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship in disappointing fashion, finishing outside of the automatic qualifying group for the confederation's second tier club competition, the Concacaf League.
Caribbean Cup runner-up Arnett Gardens and third-place finisher Portmore United, both of Jamaica, secured the two automatic qualifying spots after Sunday's final round of matches.
Meanwhile, Club Atletico Pantoja of the Dominican Republic, the Caribbean champion, booked a direct berth to the 2019 edition of the prestigious Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.
A draw for the Concacaf League is scheduled for Miami, Florida, on Wednesday, May 23.
The Concacaf League is a 16-team club competition to be contested by semi-final professional clubs from Member Associations in the Central American and Caribbean zone of Concacaf.
Central America will qualify 13 teams, while the other slots will be filled by clubs from the Caribbean.
The competition, which was introduced in 2017, will be played annually in a knockout Cup format with each round having two legs. This year's competition is expected to be disputed between August and October.
Club Deportivo Olympia of Honduras is the defending Concacaf League champion after defeating Costa Rica's Santos de Guapiles 4-1 on penalties at the National Stadium in San Jose in 2017.