There were high scoring victories for Inter Moengotapoe of Suriname and Martinique's Club Franciscain on Day Two of the CONCACAF Caribbean Shield in Santiago, Dominican Republic.
Inter Moengotapoe secured their second straight win, defeating Barbados' Weymouth Wales 5-0 in their Group A clash at Estadio Cibao to virtually secure a place in the semi finals, recording an impressive ten goals without conceding in two matches. Club Franciscain rebounded from their first match defeat, to trounce St Kitts/Nevis' Cayon Rockets FC 6-0 in Group C action at Universidad Isa.
Inter's second successive win was inspired by a four-goal performance by Suriname National Team forward Stefano Rijssel who struck in the 2nd, 47th, 71st and 74th minutes while Romeo Castile added a final item in the 81st minute.
The overwhelming victory was just what Inter were hoping for ahead of their closing group stage encounter against USR of Guadeloupe on Tuesday. They will be aiming to make it three wins in a row after their 5-0 defeat of Aruba's Nacional on the opening day.
Rijssel was over the moon with his prolific goalscoring performance on Sunday, expressing his delight moments after the final whistle.
"This game today was a very important one for us. We won our first game so we came into this one with some confidence knowing that we had to get the job done again," Rijssel said.
"I was very focused for this match. We all came prepared because we know a win would put us closer to the next round and we want to go all the way. This is a great opportunity for us to do something special," he added.
In the other Group A contest at Cibao, St Vincent/Grenadines national team forward Myron Samuel scored a 72nd minute winner to guide his team to a 3-2 victory over Grenada's Hard Rock FC.
Chevil Cunningham gave Avenues a 14th minute lead before Raymond Alleyne tied it up for Hard Rock in the 36th. Ray Snagg struck two minutes after the interval to put Avenues ahead again but Hard Rock were not to be easily outdone and they forced themselves back into the outing, getting an equaliser in the 50th minute from Nicko Williams. But Samuel and Avenues had the final say as both teams went in search of a winner.
Samuel later said that the fitter team came out on top.
"Today the key to the win was our fitness and we stayed together throughout. We saw the other team play before so we decided from the start that we needed to press them and use our strengths and take it to them. We had a little setback but we came out with the victory. It's a good win for us because now we can try to focus on our next game knowing that another win can put us into the semi finals," Samuel said.
In Group C action, Club Franciscain were led by a hattrick from Timon Yann who grabbed items in the 29th, 45th and 62nd minutes. Djenhael Maine struck a double in the 16th and 22nd minutes to set the pace for his side in the first half. Stephane Abaul got their final goal in the 63rd minute. The other Group C encounter saw Bodden Town FC and Centro Dominguito battle to a 0-0 draw.
In the other Group A match, SV Deportivo Nacional of Aruba bounced back from their opening loss to Inter Moengotapoe with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over USR of Guadeloupe in the day's final match at Estadio Cibao. Kenroy Ranger opened the scoring for Nacional in the 16th minute and Devis Oliveros netted the second goal on 46 minutes to guide Nacional to their first win of the competition,
Nacional Dreyer Bracho said his team addressed one of their major issues from the opening day defeat and were able to lift their game level on Sunday.
"We looked back at the performance in the first match and we knew defensively we were not good enough and we hard to work on that," Bracho said after the win.
We did it today and it paid off because it put us in a good position. We did not conceded and we scored two goals to get us the victory. It's an important victory for the club because we have been working hard and to come here and get a victory in the CONCACAF Caribbean Shield is a good accomplishment . Now we have to keep our spirit and go into the next game with the same attitude in order to get another win and hopefully make it to the next round," Bracho added.
Tuesday's final Group stage matches will determine the semi-final qualifiers and promises to present some exciting matchups as the teams seek their progress to the next phase.