Tridents return to the top of Nation's League table
A moment of brilliance by Maccabi Tel Aviv FC forward Nick Blackman saw the Barbados Men’s football team return to the top of Group A in League C of the Concacaf Nations League competition.
Last night at the Barbados Football Association (BFA) Wildey Turf, Barbados defeated the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) 1-0 and moved on to six points from their three matches.
Earlier in the day, Yannick Bellechasse registered a hat trick to lead St. Martin to a 3-0 victory over the Cayman Islands and create an opportunity for the tridents to return to the summit of Group A.
Trident’s coach Russell Latapy made some changes to the starting 11 with the most notable omission being captain Rashad Jules, who made his appearance from the bench.
Barbados dominated possession from the kick-off but created a few dangerous situations for their opponents.
Omani Leacock came closest to giving Barbados the lead in the opening stages when he intercepted a pass at the top of the USVI penalty area and shot low to the right of goalkeeper Lionel Brown but the ball struck the post and away from the USVI penalty area.
Four minutes later, Barbados almost paid for their missed opportunity as James Mack’s left-footed effort beat the out stretched arm of Kishmar Primus and went narrowly wide of the left upright.
Efforts by Jomo Harris and Armando Lashley were brilliantly saved by Brown and the teams would go into the break goalless.
Barbados sent an early warning sign to the USVI Eagles when Blackman shot from close range but Brown displayed tremendous athleticism to ensure the ball did not cross the line.
Blackman got the last laugh when he curled an unstoppable free-kick from 25 yards over the wall and into the top right-hand corner, giving Brown no chance.
The Tridents and the Eagles will battle again on Tuesday evening in St Croix at 5 p.m.