Saint Lucia continued their unbeaten run in Nations League C Group C with a hard-fought 2-1 road victory over Anguilla on a sunny Friday afternoon at the Raymond E. Guishard Stadium.
The scoring began in the 17th minute with a nice team effort from the visitors; Gregson
President played a clever through ball towards Jevick MacFarlane, who then sent in a
cross that found Andrus Remy’s head inside the six-yard box.
Remy comfortably finished the job to put the visitors up 1-0. The goal was Remy’s
second of the competition, with his first also coming against Anguilla last summer.
In the 45th minute Saint Lucia doubled their lead via corner kick, with President lunging to knock in a ball that snuck past all defenders towards the back post.
Anguilla’s success in this tournament has come from a defense that has frustrated opposing
scorers and grinded out games; even when falling behind early to Dominica they were able to hold the line and allow nothing further.
And to an extent that defense was on display again in the first half of this match, but the group leaders were able to convert on their best two opportunities and take a 2-0 lead into the break.
But Anguilla fought back in the 76th minute, when Jalen Smeins set up fellow substitute Lamar Carpenter at the top of the 18-yard box for a blast that deflected into the bottom left corner of the net and cut the Saint Lucia lead to 2-1.
This set up a dramatic final 15 minutes as the hosts searched for an equalizer, but ultimately came up short.
Anguilla finish the competition with two points and demonstrated in all four games that they have evolved into a much more competitive side.
Saint Lucia have now won three straight games and have one more match to play against
Dominica in Gros Islet on Monday 27th March before they head to the Gold Cup Prelims later this summer.
SOURCE: Saint Lucia Football Association