Bajan Tridents claim victory over USVI
Mario Harte marked his return to the Barbados senior men’s team with an influential and impactful performance, which helped the Tridents to their first victory in the Concacaf Nations League.
Last night at the Barbados Football Association Wildey Turf Barbados defeated the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) 3-0 and moved five places up the Nations League table into 18th position.
Coach Ahmed Mohamed started an experienced squad against his former team, which included returnees Harte, Ricardio Morris, Shakille Belle and Romario Harewood, along with Canadian center back Kaeson Trench.
Barbados looked dominant early on and was comfortable in possession against their lower ranked opponents who opted to sit deep and absorb the Tridents’ pressure.
The Tridents first opportunity came in the 12th minute when a swift counter attack led by captain Hadan Holligan, Harte and Belle, resulted in Belle’s right footed effort deflected for a corner.
Harte tried his luck just a minute later but his effort from just outside the area, went narrowly wide of the left upright.
Barbados’ pressure finally paid off in the 26th minute.
A neat passing move on the right saw Belle get beyond his marker and played an inch perfect cross along the surface for Holligan to touch over the line from close range.
The visitors’ best chance of the half came in the 34th minute when their captain Aaron Denis fired a low right footed shot from 25 yards but Barbados goalkeeper Kishmar Primus pushed the ball onto the post and away from danger.
In their customary fashion, Barbados resumed in their usually unhurried state and almost suffered the consequences, when substitute Bryce Pierre ran onto to a loose ball, lobbed Primus and also the goal.
One of Barbados’ own substitutes impacted the game almost immediately.
Raheim Sargeant entered the game for Harewood and in the 79th minute he had the boisterous home crowd in frenzy, following his in-swinging left sided corner which somehow managed to deceive USVI goalkeeper Benny Labadie.
Then the moment the football public was seemingly waiting for; Harte scored his 14th international goal heading in from close range after a headed cross from Ricardio Morris, sparking mass celebration by the front man and the crowd who showcased their appreciation by displaying Harte’s name on placards.
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