Youth team beaten in championship opener
Bermuda suffered a 3-1 defeat in their Concacaf Under-17 Championship opener against Trinidad and Tobago at the IMG Soccer Stadium in Bradenton, Florida yesterday.
Cecoy Robinson's team dominated possession but were unable to contain their opponents who made the most of their chances to come away with all of spoils from this group A contest.
Bermuda went into their first ever match against their Caribbean opponents at this level keen to make a positive start to the tournament but were pegged back when Justin Araujo-Wilson struck twice inside of 14 minutes to send his team into the dressing room at the break with a 2-0 cushion.
Bermuda rallied in the second half and finally pulled a goal back in the 75th minute through subsitute Nazuri Dailey to set up an intriguing finish.
However, Trinidad weathered the storm and effectively put the game beyond Bermuda's reach when Andrew De Gannes netted in the 90th minute to restore his team's two-goal advantage.
Bermuda are back in action tomorrow when they face defending champions Mexico before taking on Jamaica in their final group match on Sunday.
Group F includes the United States, Canada, Guatemala and Barbados, with Honduras, Haiti, El Salvador and Guayana making up group G and Costa Rica, Panama, Surinam and Curaçao in group H.
The top three finishers in each of the groups will join the winners of groups A, B, C and D from the qualifiers — Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe and Puerto Rico — in the round of 16.
The semi-finalists will automatically qualify for the Under-17 World Cup to be held in Brazil in from September 17 to October 8.
n Bermudian goalkeeper Nathan Trott played in his second match back from injury since March, but could prevent West Ham being relegated from Premier League Two First Division.
To avoid the drop, West Ham needed to overcome newly crowned champions Everton and then rely on relegation rivals Tottenham to drop points against Derby.
West Ham kept up their end of the bargain, overcoming Everton 2-1 courtesy of goals from Grady Diangana and Ben Johnson, while Trott made a number of smart saves.
However, it was prove in vain as Tottenahm cruised to a 3-1 victory to condemn Trott's team to relegation by a solitary point.