Sevilla PR dominated most of the game, but the few mitakes they made were enough for the Hoppers to come back and tie the game (3 Hopper goals out of 4 shots). Sevilla broke open the score on the 16th minute on a penalty kick by Julio Maya. Early in the 2nd half (48′) Sevilla PR doubled up the lead with a goal by Giovanni Figueroa. Then the Sevilla defense faltered allowing the Antiguans to come back.
Eight minutes later (56′) Kelly Frederick scored the first one for the Hoppers. Frederick scored again on the 74th minute to keep the game close (3-2), 5 minutes after Sevilla seemed to have broken the game open (with a 3-1 lead) with Yaikel Pérez’ goal on the 69th. The final goal of the game came seconds into the extra time when George Dublin took advantage of the last Sevilla mistake to score the tying goal of the match, and take away the win from the local team. It was not a pretty international debut for Sevilla PR.
In other results, the W. Connection and InterMoengo Tapoe both scored road wins last Thursday in their 1st leg matches. W. Connection from Trinidad & Tobago gave Centre Bath Estate (Dominica) a 5-0 trumping, while the Surinamese team (InterMoengo Tapoe) won 3-1 over Curaçao’s CSD Barber.
The Guyanese hosts Alpha United tied 1-1 last night against Haiti’s Tepete FC. Tonight, the 2nd Haitian team in the tournament, Cavaly Sportif hosted SV Britannic from Aruba and gave them a 5-0 trumping in Port au Prince.
The return-legs for this round will be played March 25-30, with the winners advancing along with San Juan Jabloteh of Trinidad & Tobago to the quarter finals in mid-April. The Puerto Rico Islanders received a bye in the quarterfinals round and given a spot directly into the semifinals.
The winners in the quarter finals will qualify to the semifinals to be played in Trinidad in May. They will be drawn along with the Puerto Rico Islanders for the single-game semifinals to be played on May 15. The final and third-place match will be also be played in Trinidad on May 17, with the top three teams in the CFU Club Champions Cup qualifying to the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League.