San Juan Jabloteh's Nathan Lewis (red jersey) in Caribbean Club Championship action against Racing FC on May 14, 2017, in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. (Photo: CA-Images)
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago – With slightly more than five minutes remaining in its last group match at the 2017 Caribbean Club Championship (CCC) finals on Thursday, San Juan Jabloteh was leading Portmore United, 2-0, and a place in the final was becoming clearer.
Then, Portmore – needing a win to advance – struck twice in three minutes to equalize.
No more goals were scored as San Juan Jabloteh survived the last tense moments to set-up a meeting with Cibao FC on Sunday for the Caribbean crown and a berth in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.
Although pleased to progress, the San Juan Kings was not happy with the performance.
“This was a good enough result for us, but we were poor in the second half,” said midfielder Nathan Lewis. “We let the game slip away from us. We had chances to put the game away, but we didn't take them. Portmore came back very well and we didn't deal with them good enough.”
San Juan Jabloteh is aiming for its first Caribbean title since 2003, but knows that in order to achieve that feat, it will have to avoid miscues.
“The final is important because we want to be champions of the Caribbean and get an automatic spot to the Champions League,” Lewis remarked. “We know we will have to lift our game because it's going to be a tough final. I think once we take our chances on goal and not make any silly errors then we should be okay.
“We just have to listen to what the coach says and buy into what he say.”
The draw with Portmore United snapped San Juan Jabloteh’s 2017 SCC winning streak at four games.