GlobeBull: Etienne, Lawrence Guide National Teams in CONCACAF Nations League Wins

New York Red Bulls striker Derrick Etienne Jr and defender Kemar Lawrence were in action for their respective Concacaf Nations League qualifiers. Both players had a hand in goals that contributed to victories, keeping their teams in striking distance of League A of Nations League, and a berth into the 2019 Gold Cup.

GlobeBull: Etienne, Lawrence Guide National Teams in CONCACAF Nations League Wins

Haiti vs. Nicaragua (2-0)

The Haiti national team traveled to Managua for Matchday 3 against a tough Nicaragua team that also won both of its first two Nations League qualifying matches, without surrendering a goal. Haiti opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Mikael Cantave intercepted a bad clearance in the attacking box and hit a ball to the opposite top corner to put Haiti up 1-0.

It looked like Haiti would have their work cut out for them when Wilde-Donald Guerrier was shown red four minutes later to bring Haiti down to 10 men.

However, the next goal was the Red Bulls’ own Derrick Etienne after he and Duckens Nazon connected on a give-and-go and Etienne headed the ball over the goalkeeper to double the lead.

 

Haiti held tight the rest of the match to earn their third win in as many games, bringing them to the top of the table, at least for the time being. Their final Nations League qualifier will be hosting #2, Cuba on March 24th.

Jamaica vs. Suriname (2-1)

Jamaica hosted unbeaten Suriname in their Matchday 3 qualifier, who turned out to be a tougher opponent than expected, drawing with Dominica 0-0 during Matchday 1. Jamaica started the scoring early when Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence drove in a free kick from the side of the box to find Cory Burke in the 7th minute, earning a 1-0 lead.

Darren Mattocks brought it to 2-0, converting a 16th minute penalty kick. Suriname cut the lead in half when Donnegy Fer scored in the run of play, but Suriname couldn’t find the equalizer by the final whistle. Lawrence was 38-for-39 in passing.

Jamaica head into the last matchday where they’ll travel to El Salvador on March 23rd. With their Suriname victory they sit in the final League A position, but if they defeat El Salvador, they’ll secure it.

Photo by Bill Twomey Photography

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