The Bajan Tridents had their hopes dashed when the Cayman Islands Turtles quickened their pace and managed to pull off a 3-2 win on Sunday night.
Playing at the Truman Bodden Stadium, the hosts were first on the scorecard in both teams’ second encounter in the 2019 Concacaf Nations League.
Leading their group in League C, Michael Martin was the first out the blocks. As the clock hit the five-minute mark, after managing to get his third goal of the tournament past Tridents keeper Kishmar Primus, he caught his third goal of the tournament.
The Bajans however, proving that they were there for the win, especially after silencing (French) Saint Martin 4-0 at home days before, equalized eight minutes later when defender Akeem Hill caught a ball and headed it straight past Albertini Holness into the top right corner.
While the local boys kept pace with the Turtles, Jonah Ebanks pocketed a corner shot, after finding himself free in the box to give his team the advantage at the end of the first half.
It seemed the Tridents found some much-needed magic when they returned in the second half, because in the 74th minute Captain Rashad Jules hammered one home past an unsuspecting Holness to level the playing field.
However, the old adage of slow and steady wins the race was quintessential for the Turtles, who not a full minute later, secured the final goal of the night courtesy Jorel Bellafonte, crushing the Tridents hopes of taking home any points in this round.
Following the game Tridents Head Coach Russell Latapy said the team while improving was still making some basic errors.
“I think there is a steady improvement in the team that I am extremely happy about, but I think we’re still making basic errors that we need to improve on. In general, I think it is a game we should have won. We had more than enough goal-scoring chances in comparison to what they had,” he said.
Latapy added that the team needed to trust the process and take the chances provided.
“We need to get more efficient at taking our chances when we create them, but I am satisfied with the way we are moving forward. We are going to play every game and try to win these games; that is how we have to play football,” he declared.