Under-20s edge Select team in Bermuda battle
The Bermuda Under-20 side beat a Bermuda Select 4-3 team to record their first victory of the Bermuda International Football Festival at Goose Gosling Field last night.
Ray Jones’s young charges held a 2-1 advantage at half-time and withstood a late fightback by a Bermuda Select team who refused to roll over and play dead.
Jenico Sealey opened the scoring in the 25th minute to put the Bermuda Under-20s’ noses out front but their joy was short-lived as Clay Darrell equalised for the Bermuda Select three minutes later from the penalty spot.
However, Bermuda Under-20 regained the lead through Jahkari Furbert’s 37th-minute strike only for Tevahn Tyrell to bring the teams level again in the 61st minute from the penalty spot.
The under-20s regained the lead a third time, through Diego Richardson’s 65th minute strike and they extended it a minute later after D’Andre Wainwright added another.
The Select side battled on and pulled one back when Darrell scored his second to set up a nervy finish, but their opponents held on for the win.
The under-20s drew 1-1 with the West Ham United Under-19 and lost 1-0 against the Azores Under-19 in their opening two fixtures of the round-robin tournament.
Meanwhile, West Ham won 5-3 over Azores, who had four players sent off in last night’s opening fixture at Goose Gosling Field that was abandoned late in second-half stoppage time.
The Portuguese side had a player sent off in the 66th minute for elbowing an opponent.
Tempers then flared after an off-the-ball incident which resulted in three more Azores players being sent off and the game being abandoned.
The loss was the Azores Under-19s first of the tournament, having beaten both Bermuda teams.
The tournament concludes tomorrow at the National Stadium where Bermuda Under-20 will take on West Ham Under-19 for a second time.
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