Emile Saimovici and Niall Reid-Stephen were the heroes for the Bajan Tridents tonight when they secured an early second-half goal at the Felix Sanchez Olympic Stadium.
But it wasn’t enough to see the Tridents through to the next round and they bowed out of Group D in the Concacaf Qualifiers of the FIFA 2022 World Cup with a 1-1 draw against Dominica. The Tridents finished their World Cup campaign in third position on five points, behind Dominican Republic (7) and Panama (12) after the latter defeated the hosts 3-0 tonight.
Fresh off the bench, Siamovici expertly cut inside with an assist from Niall Reid Stephen from the left. The very agile Saimovici proved to be too much for defender Sidney Lockhart, and buried the ball past a very surprised goalkeeper and captain Glenson Prince in the 48th minute.
The Nature Isle Boys however came back less than ten minutes later to level the score, with a set-piece from Julian Wade, who rose to the occasion, beating goalie Liam Brathwaite at near post.
Earlier in the first half, striker Hallam Hope was denied a penalty by referee Jaime Herrera Bonilla in the 35th minute, despite a clear challenge just outside the penalty box. As the game continued Hope was shut out and denied over and over again for his efforts.
Omani “The Chemist” Leacock and debutant Antone “Pookie” Greaves played a superb game in the midfield, but their chances were denied also kept at bay on a soaking wet pitch.
Midfielder Devonte Richards was one of the new faces in Head Coach Russell Latapy’s starting 11, which also saw the return of Carl Hinkson, Akeem Hill, and Jomo Harris to the field.
Viewers from all over the world logged onto the BFA’s live stream of the game, recording 12,571 viewers from as far as India.