It was nothing but Trident power all the way when the Barbados senior men’s team pummeled USVI 4-0 in their return game in the Concacaf Nations League earlier today in St Croix.
This win keeps the Tridents at the top of Group A in League C, as they now have nine points under their boots.
Playing minus their international players, the local boys ended the first half with a 1-0 advantage, before returning in the second 50 minutes to pocket three goals in 11 minutes.
Head coach Russell Latapy made three changes and introduced last game’s substitutes T-Shane Lorde and Rashad Jules, who resumed his role as captain, along with Zico Phillips in the starting squad.
The Bajans maintained 51 per cent of possession throughout the game, and as early as the fifth minute they began their campaign to get on the score sheet. But it wasn’t until the 17th minute when a corner kick, which went out for a throw-in, was deflected into the back of the net by Omani Leacock.
The 21-year-old Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme striker, playing as a midfielder in this game, picked up his second goal in the Nations League, having scored in the game against (French) Saint Martin.
While the second half began uneventfully, it took a turn in the 49th minute when Hadan Holligan’s diving header off Jules’ cross went just wide of the goal bars. Eleven minutes later, the captain’s free-kick from 30 yards out rebounded off the corner of the crossbars, much to the team’ s dismay, and his shot on target seven minutes later, from just outside the penalty area, was stopped in its track by USVI’s goalkeeper Lionel Brown.
Barbados and USVI both dished out 15 fouls each. However, the Tridents had six of their 19 shots on target while, USVI, led by captain JC Mack managed two out of eight. And while USVI maintained 90 per cent of passing accuracy compared to Barbados’ 73, the Tridents shine was too much for the Dashing Eagles to handle in the end.
In the 77th minute, the Bethlehem Soccer Complex was plunged into complete darkness, delaying the game for at least ten minutes. However, that seemed to be all the inspiration the Tridents needed, pocketing three goals in quick succession on resumption.
As soon as the lights were turned back on, and the clock restarted, Jules hammered one over the top of Brown’s head and into the back of the net to settle in the far corner.
Three minutes later, substitute Armando ‘Sugar’ Lashley sweetened the pot for the homeboys when he found himself in the right spot, to collect a cross from the national captain, and deposit it into the back of the nets to get his first Nations League goal.
The final goal of the night came off the head of Zico Phillips, who rose to the occasion in his first Nations League game, with a floating header, off a corner from Lashley on the 90-minute mark, to give the Tridents the victory as they exited the field to the strains of Skinny Fabulous’ mega-Soca hit Famalay.