Bermuda slip to narrow defeat by Bonaire at Under-14 Challenge Series
Bermuda saw their momentum halted after going down to a narrow 1-0 defeat in their second group B encounter at the CFU Girls’ Under-14 Challenge Series in Antigua on Saturday.
Don Vickers’s side were aiming to build on the 2-0 victory over Antigua & Barbuda in their opening encounter and cement their place at the top of the group.
However, in what was a tight affair, a defensive mistake in the 73rd minute proved pivotal as Prado Klinger capitalised to score what proved to the be the winner and gift her side a first win of the tournament.
Avery Taylor had Bermuda’s clearest opportunity, after racing through one-on-one, only to see her effort beat the Bonaire goalkeeper, but not the upright, as her shot came back off the post before being cleared to safety.
The Bonaire custodian was called into action on number of occasions and proved equal to the task, ensuring a clean sheet and a vital three points for her side.
The result leaves Bermuda second in the group, one point behind Barbados. The two teams were due to face one another in a top of the table clash on Sunday, only for the game to be postponed until Monday because of adverse weather.
In Bermuda’s first game a day previously, a sensational strike from Cayli Dowling broke the deadlock in the 18th minute, with Taylor adding a second in the 31st minute to put her side firmly in control at the interval.
Antigua responded strongly after the restart, but could not find a way through a dogged Bermuda defence that was marshalled superbly by Miyari Trott.