The Bajan girls missed out on a chance to move to the head of the class in their Group D campaign in the 2018 CONCACAF Under-15 Girls Championship when they went down to Bermuda in their second game of the tournament. Playing today at the IMG Academy in Florida the local lasses were edged out in the dying seconds of regulation time in a game that could have seen them remain in contention for a spot in the next round.
The 11:00 AM exchange was not a clear-cut one as both teams seemed evenly-matched for most of the encounter. Bermuda was able to get into the final third a few times but was denied each time by the tiny-but-brave Jameisha Stanford.
Barbados had their first real chance with a corner from captain Caitlin Padmore in the 19th minute. Padmore sent the ball in at the far post and as it glanced across the mouth of the goal, it passed just wide of the outstretched foot of Asha Stevenson to go out for a goal kick.
At the top of the second half, Rayna Cummins, who came off the bench early in the first half to replace an injured Kerisha Catlyn, had two good runs in the final third but had both opportunities cut out by defenders.
The game-winner came inside the 70th minute when Emily Cabral took a run on the left flank past two defenders before squaring the ball along the ground to Jahni Simmons who was waiting just inside the box. Just taking one touch to settle herself, Simmons turned and took a left boot to the ball which sailed inside the left upright above Stanford.
Bermuda now top the group with six points after two games. They began with a 3-1 win over Antigua on Monday before going up against Barbados today. Barbados began their campaign with a goalless draw against Curacao on Monday as well and have one more game on Thursday at 9:00 AM against Antigua in a bid to finish second in the group.