Stamford’s Jordan Smith makes international debut

Jordan Smith for Stamford v King's Lynn Town EMN-140828-143217001
Jordan Smith for Stamford v King's Lynn Town EMN-140828-143217001
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Stamford AFC striker Jordan Smith made his international debut on Wednesday when he came off the bench for Antigua and Barbuda in their comeback draw with Haiti in the Caribbean Cup.

Antigua were trailing 2-2 but came back to earn a point in their opening game of the competition.

Haiti had taken the lead in the first half through Jean Alcenat in the 23rd minute and Kervens Belfort just after the half hour mark.

But in the 58th minute Myles Weston struck back before and Peter Byers hit a second for the Benna Boys two minutes later.

In the second round of games on Friday Jamaica beat Antigua 3-0 with goals from Kemar Lawrence and Darren Mattocks in the first half before Rodolph Austin wrapped up the result with two minutes left to play.

Yesterday (Sunday) Antigua played what turned out to be their last match in the tournament against Martinique, losing 2-0 in the third game in Group B.

Both teams went into the match needing to win by a big margin to earn one of the four automatic Gold Cup qualifying positions.

Neither side could break the deadlock in the first half and in the 57th minute Bédi Buval put Martinique in the lead when he beat goalkeeper Brentton Muhammad from just inside the 18-yard-box.

Jose Goron scored in the 90th minute to increase the lead but it was not enough for either side to qualify.

Jamaica won the Group B with a 2-0 win over Haiti 2-0 in a top-of-the-table clash.

The ReggaeBoyz will now face arch rivals Trinidad in tomorrow’s (Tuesday) championship decider.

What is bad news for Antigua is good news for the Daniels as Smith should now return sooner rather than later.