Bermuda Under-14 aim to finish group play with victory over Barbados
Bermuda will be looking to close out their group play in the Caribbean Football Union Under-14 Challenge Series in Dominican Republic when they play Barbados in a must-win final match today.
Both teams are on three points in group one of Tier 2, three points behind top two teams St Vincent and French Guiana. Both Bermuda and Barbados need a win and for other results to go their way if they are to win the group and advance to the knockout stage.
Bermuda have a superior goal difference over the other teams after their 9-0 hammering of Dominica in their opening match last Saturday, as Kannahz Fray led the scoring with the tournament’s first hat-trick.
However, two close defeats in the last few days to French Guiana and St Vincent – 2-1 and 1-0 – quickly brought Bermuda down to earth, leaving them now needing one more victory if they are to advance.
“With the exception of Dominica, it has been a very competitive group with each game in the group being decided by one goal thus far,” said Bermuda coach Vashun Blanchette, who has been pleased with the effort shown by the youngsters.
“We are a bit unfortunate to have lost the last two matches and probably deserved to win the match versus St Vincent,” Blanchette said.
“Great exposure for the boys as they experience different styles of play and all the details related to international football such as team travel and pre match protocols.
“Looking for a positive performance that reflects our preferred style of play in the last group game. Proud of all the players and their efforts. I am certain they will return better players as a result of this competition.”