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GOLD CUP: Jamaica and Cuba qualify for 2003 finals
March 31st, 2003 1:27AM
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Jamaica and Cuba qualified for this summer's Gold Cup by winning their respective Caribbean qualifying tournaments.

Led by recent Chicago Fire acquisition Andy Williams, the Reggae Boyz wrapped up Group A with a 3-0 win over Haiti. Martinique took second place to advance to the interzone playoffs when it came from three goals back with 26 minutes remaining to beat St. Lucia, 5-4.

The Martinique-St. Lucia game capped a wild week of qualifying in Kingston. The host Reggae Boyz came from two goals down in the last seven minutes to tie Martinique, 2-2. David Flavius' goal in the last minute gave St. Lucia a 2-1 victory over favored Haiti and temporarily kept its hopes alive of qualifying for the Gold Cup for the first time.

In Group B, Cuba shocked host Trinidad & Tobago, 3-1, to return to the finals for the third time. Former Columbus Crew star Stern John had the only goal for the second-place Soca Warriors, giving him all four goals in three games.

T&T joins Martinique and Honduras, the No. 4 team in Central America, in the interzone playoffs next month. Two of the three teams advance to the finals, where one will play in the United States.

GOLD CUP: Groups

Group A (Mexico City) -- Mexico, Brazil, Interzone qualifier (Trinidad & Tobago, Martinique or Honduras).

Group B (Miami) -- Colombia, Guatemala, Jamaica.

Group C (Foxboro, Mass.) -- USA, El Salvador, Interzone qualifier (Trinidad & Tobago, Martinique or Honduras).

Group D (Foxboro, Mass.) -- Costa Rica, Canada, Cuba.

GOLD CUP: Caribbean Group A Qualifying

March 26/Day 1

Jamaica 5 (A.Williams 9, Taylor 11, Chin-Sue 37, C.Davis 56, Daley 62) St. Lucia 0. Haiti 2 (Menelas 22, 64) Martinique 1 (Percin 5).

March 28/Day 2

St.Lucia 2 (Emmanuel 45, Flavius 90) Haiti 1 (Turlien 73).

Jamaica 2 (Daley 83, C.Davis 90) Martinique 2 (Gordon 25, Duragrin 63).

March 30/Day 3

Martinique 5 (Goron 24, Girier-DuFournier 64, 84, Reuperne 73, Duragrin 89) St. Lucie 4 (Elva 21, Mark 38, Jean 52, V.Joseph 56).

Jamaica 3 (Johnson 15, Daley 56, own goal 66) Haiti 0.

Final Standings: *Jamaica 7 points; **Martinique 4; St. Lucia, Haiti 3.

*Qualifies for finals.

**Advances to Interzone playoff.

GOLD CUP: Caribbean Group B Qualifying

March 26/Day 1

Cuba 3 (Galindo 44, 83, Dalcourt 30) Guadeloupe 2 (Farnabe 44, 51).

Trinidad & Tobago 2 (S.John 3, 55) Antigua & Barbuda 0.

March 28/Day 2

Cuba 2 (More 65, 78) Antigua & Barbuda 0.

Trinidad & Tobago 1 (S.John pen. 88) Guadeloupe 0.

March 30/Day 3

Guadeloupe 2 (Mocka 67, 76) Antigua & Barbuda 0.

Trinidad & Tobago 1 (S.John 18) Cuba 3 (Ramirez 26, More 72, Galindo 77).

Final Standings: *Cuba 9 points; **Trinidad & Tobago 6; Guadeloupe 3; Antigua & Barbuda 0.

*Qualifies for finals.

**Advances to Interzone playoff.

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