Monday 12 November, 2018

Barbados goes down to St Kitts in football thriller

It was a narrow lost for Barbados in the International Friendly.

It was a narrow lost for Barbados in the International Friendly.

By Renaldo Gilkes

A 73rd-minute strike by Carlos Bertie handed the “Sugar Boys” of St Kitts & Nevis a narrow 2-1 victory over the Barbados senior men’s football team last weekend, at Warner Park in St Kitts.

The game began at a neck-breaking pace with the host applying some early pressure, particularly on the right flank, where the Kittians played some delightful balls into the penalty area.

The traveling Tridents succumbed to the pressure and in the 9th minute Javeim Blanchette handed St. Kitts & Nevis the lead with an exquisite strike.

Barbados’ midfielder Jomo Harris was dispossessed in the midfield and St Kitts quickly broke away, playing the ball to their preferred right flank, where the initial pass was partially blocked but fell favourably to Blanchette to volley powerfully beyond goalkeeper Dario Weir from just outside the area.

As the game settled, Barbados grew more comfortable and held possession well in the midfield but lacked the finishing touches within the attacking region.

The Tridents were rewarded for their persistence in the 43rd minute, when Rashad Jules weaved his way into the penalty area from the right and unleashed a low left-footed shot into the bottom left-hand corner to level the score.

Barbados created a number of opportunities in the second half with Zeco Edmee having the easiest of them when he was left unmarked inside the six-yard box but the Claytons Kola Tonic Notre Dame forward headed his effort wide of the mark.

The Tridents were made to pay for their misses in the 73rd minute.

St Kitts forward Carlos Bertie ran onto to a ball which was played behind the Barbadian defense and with sublime composure and accuracy he passed the ball into the far corner, beyond the approaching Weir.