Mauritius only had themselves to blame when several missed opportunities and a late conceded goal led to their game against St. Kitts & Nevis ending in a 1-1 draw.
The pressure was more on Mauritius to perform after having lost their opening encounter to India. And it reflected as they showed attacking intent right from the word go. But the first real scare came at the other end when keeper Cesarne spilled the ball in his box but St. Kitts & Nevis couldnat utilise the opportunity.
The opening goal came in the 19thAminute when Jean Sarah headed Balissonas inch perfect cross right through the goalkeepersa hands to take the lead. Mauritius could have doubled within minutes but their attempt was saved from the goal line. Conceding seemed to have ignited the Caribbean men. St. Kitts & Nevis asserted themselves in the midfield but the equaliser eluded them with Mauritius holding on to their lead at half-time.
St. Kitts continued applying the pressure in the 2ndAhalf but Tiran Hanley only managed to head it over the bar in the 47thAminute. The attempt on their goal shook up the Africans with Mauritius coming close to putting the game to bed. Jacelyneas shot was saved by the outstretched hand of Jeffers while Justin headed it over the bar.
Tishan Hanley got a golden opportunity but like his brother earlier he failed to put in the back of the net. St. Kitts’ search for a goal continued as Mauritius took advantage of the open spaces to hit on the counter. Chiffone blasted it wide in the 79thAminute just before Sarahas dipping shot was tipped over by Jeffers in the 84thAminute.
Finally in the 87 . thAminute the elusive goal arrived as Kimaree Rogers put it past the rushing the goalkeeper to bring things level. Rungassamy could have won the game for the Mauritians late into added time but his attempt flew over as the game ended in a draw.
India are scheduled to lock their horns with St. Kitts & Nevis at the same venue on August 24, 2017 in the third match of Hero Tri-nation International Football series