St Kitts and Nevis Sugar Boyz wrote the script and delivered on the act, walking over the Barbados Football Association’s (BFA) National Under-23 team 3-0.
Playing in an international friendly before both teams head to Haiti next week, the boys collectively showed their skill on the ball, but St Kitts and Nevis were more aptly gifted and faster.
The home team are set to face Haiti on September 22, while the Sugar Boyz will meet the Dominican Republic on the same date. Both Barbados and St Kitts and Nevis are one match away from the 2020 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, after they beat Cuba and the USVI in Group B and Jamaica and Dominica in Group A respectively.
The game, which was the highlight of the kickoff of the BFA’s inaugural Capelli SuperCup, saw a massive crowd descend on the Wildey Turf to see the Bajan Tridents pull off a win at home. However, it was not to be, despite the local team’s valiant effort.
As the game opened, the fans were treated to the “Gale force winds” of 18-year-old Thierry Gale, who expertly caught a deflection off the crossbars, by senior teammate and Captain of the Under-23 team Omani Leacock, beating the Kittitian keeper Meneliek Gumbs. Unfortunately, FIFA referee Gillian Martindale ruled it offside, much to the dismay of the fans and the young Tridents.
The St Kitts team, led by Captain Yohannes Mitchum, showed their perfect passing, and in the eighth minute pocketed their first goal. The ball came in from the left and Tyquan Terrel caught a deflection which he expertly pocketed.
Try as they might, however, the Tridents, while skillfully working their way around the parameter, were unable to get the ball into the back of the net, despite showcasing the likes of Gale, Leacock, Carl Hinkson and T’Shane Lorde, all of whom were part of the senior Tridents side who deflated (French) Saint Martin last week at the same venue.
With five senior team players in Terrel, Yusuf Saunders, Gvaune Amory, Petrez Williams and Salas Cannonier, the Kittitians were a hard nut to crack, and caused the local national side to appear unsettled and give up possession too often.
With St Kitts attacking relentlessly down the left side, Terrel came back in the 37th minute, took a defender for a walk, and volleyed the ball past an unsuspecting Liam Brathwaite to give them a 2-0 lead heading into half time.
Although the Tridents returned reenergized following the halftime break, their extra effort still wasn’t enough, even with substitutes Dishon “Eto” Howell, Keason Trench, Ackeel Applewhaite, Darico King, Elijah Downey, Abiola Grant and Rivaldo Graham.
Then in the 75th minute, Terrel again stepped back to the plate, pulling off a shake and bake before he slipped the ball past Brathwaite’s fingers which grazed the top of the ball, to seal his hat trick and the Tridents demise.