Barbados came from behind to level the playing field against Bermuda in the 91st minute of their opening encounter of the Concacaf Under-20 Men’s Championship.
But Bermuda huffed them a minute later, to end the Group C encounter 3-2 at the Felix Sanchez Olympic Stadium in the Dominican Republic last night.
Debutant and Captain Kevon Lucas opened the scoring for the Tridents after converting a penalty kick in the 35th minute, delivering the ball comfortably at far post, even as Bermuda was a man down after Jaheem Jennings was handed a straight red card 20 minutes for a double footed attack on center back Tyrique Bailey.
Bermuda however tightened its defense and came back to secure two goals, courtesy Jarryd Richardson (38th) and Kenyi Mills (41st) just as the whistle blew to signal the end of the first half.
Heading into the second half, Head Coach Fitzgerad Carter changed his 4-1-4-1 formation to a 3-4-3 and introduced Nadre Butcher, Tre Byer, Zuhri Morris, Mikalai Dziazhko, and Kemar John.
As the referee added five extra minutes on the clock, Barbados pocketed a goal to level the score after a goal from Zuhri Morris in the 91st minute, which sent the Tridents into celebratory mode.
But their jubilation was short-lived when Stefan Jones deposited the final goal of the match in the 92nd, to put the opponents up one, just before the final whistle was blown.
While Puerto Rico and St Vincent and the Grenadines were set to clash in an earlier encounter, the match did not occur after Puerto Rico failed to produce the required COVID-19 PCR tests to comply with the competition’s guidelines.
As per competition regulations, the match was declared a forfeit in favor of St Vincent and the Grenadines and they were awarded three points.
Following last night’s games, Barbados stands in third place with zero points, while St Vincent leads the pack on goal difference.