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U20's dismal form continues against Haiti

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Barbados’ dismal form continued when they lost 4-0 against Haiti in their third match in the Concacaf’s Under-20 Championship continued yesterday.

The game was Barbados’ last chance at any possibility of advancing to the next round but Haiti was the team that maintained ultimate possession of the ball even though the Bajan Tridents improved their attack.

The Haitians scored first early in the game after a header was deposited into the nets, but the referee ruled it void.

Local midfielder Elijah Downey then took down Valdo Etienne in the 38th minute, which earned Haiti their first penalty of the night. Captain Bicou Bissain then converted it perfectly, on the right side of Liam Brathwaite, to give them the lead.

Six minutes later, Brismax Clerger took a free kick, which was finished by a volley into the back of the net courtesy Delentz Pierre, leaving Bajan captain Kaeson Trench staring in utter disbelief.

From there it was all downhill for the local lads, as seconds later Bissainthe split two defenders and beat Brathwaite, who was heavily taped at the knees, adding to Barbados’ frustration.

At the end of the first half, Haiti had maintained 63 per cent possession with 15 shots, ten of which were on target, while Barbados had 37 per cent ball possession, no targeted shots, one offside, six fouls and a yellow card.

The second half progressed slowly, with Barbados upping the ante but still remaining at the disadvantage, as the Haitians continued to grind them.

Then in the 90th minute, an assist from Haitian Kenny Charleston saw Ronaldo Damus walk the ball into the back of the net to seal the deal for the Haitians, despite Barbados trying to make a comeback in the last two minutes of extra time of the game.

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