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Barbados edge closer to top spot in penultimate WIFA fixture

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After a tough start in this year's edition of the Windward Islands Football Association tournament, things have turned around for the Bajan Tridents. Taking their first win off the field after having their 0-0 draw with Grenada overturned in their favour, the Barbados senior men moved up to second place in the standings after handing down a 2-0 loss to St. Lucia on yesterday evening.

Two first-half goals at Victoria Park in St. Vincent saw the Tridents to the win as Mario Harte got the show on the road in the 1st minute of the game. Getting a lob from Raheim Sargeant just outside the box, Harte just had to get behind the ball and hit it with the outside of his right boot. The shot went to far post and left the St. Lucian keeper almost rooted as he failed to get to the ball before it dropped in under the crossbar.

Just before the half wrapped up, Sargeant added to the lead when a throw in on the left from Ackeel Applewhaite fell to his feet. With enough time and space to control the ball and turn, Sargeant took a chance and blasted the ball from the edge of the box to sail past the diving custodian.

Speaking after the match, Barbados Football Association Technical Director, Ahmed Mohamed said that he was pleased with the performance. “The team played very well in the first half. We were too dominant for St. Lucia tactically, mentally, technically and physically. We should have scored more goals and that would have put St. Vincent under more pressure. In the second half, the chances were there but St. Lucia were only defending. But all-in-all, I'm very proud of my boys.” he said.

Going on to say that the main focus was to continue the good form heading into the Concacaf Nations League game against Nicaragua later this month, Mohamed said that tomorrow's game against Dominica was going to be an interesting one. “Dominica is the more physical team. It will be a physical game but we should be able to manage that game.” he said.

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