SANTO DOMINGO, SUNDAY APRIL 15, 2018 – There was victory for Avenues United FC of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in their first match in the 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield Group B match this afternoon at the Estadio Cibao FC Stadium.
A 72nd minute strike by Myron Samuel cancelled out Williams Nicko 50th minute equaliser to give Avenues United a 3-2 lead and eventual victory over Hard Rock Sports Club of Grenada in their Group B match as the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield continued in the Dominican Republic.
Chevel Cunningham open the scoring in the 14th minute to send Avenues United FC 1-nil ahead, but Raymond Alleyne equalised in the 36th minute for Hard Rock Sports Club.
Soon after the break, Avenues United went ahead again in the 47th minute courtesy a Ray Snagg strike, only to see Nicko equalise for the Grenadians.
The two teams remained deadlock till Samuels sent the Vincentians into a 3-2 lead in the 72nd minute. Avenues United held on to secure the full three points, while Hard Rock Sports Club have yet to register a point, losing their second game in succession.
Group B only has three teams since the Guyana Defence Force team was unable to make due to financial hiccups.
On Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m., Avenues United and SV Real Rincon of Bonaire will do battle at the Estadio Cibao FC Stadium.
Meanwhile Myron Samuel was ecstatic over hitting winning goal in Caribbean Shield against Hard Rock Sports Club today.
The Avenues United forward was happy that his goal-scoring performance helped Avenues United to a hard-fought victory over Hard Rock Sports Club of Grenada, in their Group B encounter at the Estadio Cibao in CONCACAF Caribbean Shield action on Sunday evening.
Samuel netted the winner in the 72nd minute to spur his team onto the win.
“I know about the level in this competition so I have tried to motivate the guys coming here by telling them that it’s just normal football, and we have just got to play our game. Of course it’s faster and more technical but we’ve just got to play our game,” Samuel said.
“Today the key was our fitness and we stayed together. We saw the team play before, so we decided from the start that we needed to press them and use our strengths and take it to them. We had a little setback but we came out with the victory.
“To play in this Caribbean shield is great for us. Every player looks up to me and they are trying to build the team around me, and I’m very honoured to be able to pass on my experience and knowledge to the rest of the team.
“This is a big step since they introduced this Caribbean Shield. Everyone in our league is trying to reach to this level by winning our league back home. It is sending a message back home by teams wanting to win and compete. It is giving us the power to believe that we can do it at this level,” Samuel added.
The St Vincent and the Grenadines national team player dedicated his winning goal to former teammate Sean Dopwell-James who was murdered in November, 2016.
“Sean was like the leader in the team and we lost him in 2016. We are trying to build the team again and I would like to dedicate this win in the Caribbean Shield to him,” Samuel said.