Bermuda slam St Vincent and the Grenadines 3-0 in Concacaf Under-20 qualifiers
Bermuda 3 St Vincent 0
Bermuda romped to a comfortable shutout win over St Vincent & the Grenadines at the Concacaf Under-20 Championship Qualifiers in the Dominican Republic last night.
Three unanswered second-half goals from Jazir Warner, Sincere Hall and substitute Stefan Jones, sent Cecoy Robinson’s team three points clear at the top of the group C standings.
Milai Perott, the Bermuda goalkeeper, was also equal to the task as he made a string of saves to maintain a clean sheet.
“Kudos to the players because this is the heart, determination and sacrifice that they have put in to get us the results that we have, to put us in the position that we have,” Robinson told The Royal Gazette.
Bermuda will face Puerto Rico in their final group match tomorrow.
The eventual group winner will qualify for the Concacaf Under-20 Championship, which takes place in 2022 and will serve as a qualifying tournament for the 2023 Fifa Under-20 Men’s World Cup as well as the Olympic Games.
“It’s not over yet and we are still here working all together,” Robinson added. “We are going to continue to be together and fight together to make sure we do the country proud.
“We are back to training tomorrow with a view to the last game to try and get a result to make sure we go through to the next stage in June.”
Bermuda made a positive start at the Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez with Jarryd Richardson and Warner both testing St Vincent goalkeeper Nickron Laidlow early in the contest.
Perott was also called into action at the opposite end to thwart attempts from Rasheed Wallace and Dakari Hector.
Warner finally made the breakthrough two minutes into the second half, finishing from close range, after getting on the end of a low cross, which was swung in from the left flank byJarrryd Richardson.
Hall doubled Bermuda’s advantage with a firm shot after controlling a cross in the area in heavy traffic.
Jones then grabbed his second of the tournament to round off the scoring seven minutes from the end of regulation time. Laidlow parried Hall’s free kick into the path of an alert Jones, who drilled the loose ball into the net from close range.
Bermuda: Warner 48, Hall 74, Jones 83
Bermuda (3-5-2): M Perott – A Trott, N Furbert, C McDowall (sub: A Simons, 87 min) – D Hill (sub: J Joseph, 78), M Moreno (sub: R Robinson, 66), C Lugo Elibox, L Lewis (sub: K Mills, 87), S Hall – J Richardson (sub: S Jones, 78), J Warner. Substitutes not used: C Fubler, S Simmons. Booked: Moreno
St Vincent (4-4-2): N Laidlow – A Medica, T Marshall, A Charles, R Matthias (sub: T Bute, 73) – B Richards, D Hector (sub: K Hamlet, 90) O Velox, J Adams – R Wallace (sub: J Davis, 61), S Blake (sub: K Alexander, 61). Substitutes not used: J Jarvis, T Bibby, S Browne.
Referee: J Escobar (Honduras)