There was much expectation and the local team was determined to deliver the victory necessary to march on to the next stage, but the cloud of unfortunate circumstances, quelled the hopes and aspirations of this proud nation, as the 2011 CFU London Olympic Qualifiers came to an end in Basseterre, on Monday 28th November, 2011.
The St. Kitts and Nevis under 23 National Team was held to a 1-1 draw by Cuba and this was not enough for them to move on as one of the two qualifying teams.
After Trinidad and Tobago crushed Suriname 9-1, the Kittitians/Nevisians knew that a victory over Cuba was the only way for them to move on to the CONCACAF stage of qualifying.
In front of an animated crowd, both teams came out from looking to put each other under pressure, with players from each side creating good chances but failing to capitalize on them.
When a move from the home team in the 39th minute was halted because Travis “Rug Rat” Somersall was brought down in the 18 yard box the referee awarded a penalty, much to the delight of the crowd in attendance. Hat-Trick hero from the last game and now a household name to the football loving public of St. Kitts and Nevis, Romain Sawyer, stepped up and tucked away the penalty kick, sending the Cuban goalkeeper the wrong way in the process, but sending the crowd into raptures.
With a one goal advantage, St. Kitts and Nevis found it difficult in the second half to keep possession and made some unfortunate passes giving the Cubans chances to create opportunities, which eventually led to a goal, headed in by Jorge Corrales Curdero in the 73rd minute.
In the latter stages of the game the young Sugar Boys, knowing only a win will do, started to mount some pressure on the Cuban defense, but failed to create an opportunity of any substance to really trouble the Cuban goal.
Yellow cards were distributed to Jorge Corrales Cordero (Cuba) 12th minute, Romaine Sawyer (SKN) 39th minute, Lawrence Jeffers (SKN) 58th minute, Dalain Aira Fernandez (Cuba) 80th minute and Karim Mitcham (SKN) 88th minute.
In the earlier game 4 goals from Kevin Molino in the 15th, 18, 32 & 63rd minute practically booked the Trinidadians placed in the next round, after they trounced Suriname 9-1.
Two goals were scored by Micah Lewis, who scored 2 goals in the 28th & 77th minute and Jamal Gray also scored 2 goals in the 50th & 71st minute. Sean De Silva in the 69th minute got his penalty save but then scored the rebound.
The final positions were: 1st place went to Cuba with 5 points, 2nd place Trinidad & Tobago 4 points, 3rd went to St. Kitts and Nevis also on 4 points (but Trinidad having a better Goal Difference),and 4th Suriname with 3 points.
This means that Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago will join the United States, Canada, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Panama, from March 24th -2nd April, 2012, for the CONCACAF Finals in the United States.