Haiti put four past Bajans
Barbados’ dream of qualifying for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup is officially over.
Having lost their first two games at the CONCACAF Championships in Miami, Florida, the young Tridents were faced with a must-win situation to keep their slim chances of making it to the qualifying stage alive. But it wasn’t to be.
Led once again by captain Keason Trench, Barbados suffered their worst defeat at the tournament with a 4-0 loss to Haiti on Wednesday night at the IMG Academy.
Bicou Bissainthe netted a first-half brace, inclusive of a penalty in the 39th minute, while strikes from Delentz Pierre and substitute Ronaldo Damus ensured that Barbados were eliminated from the competition.
The game started in the balance, with both teams beginning the match in a slow fashion.
Once again coach Kenville Layne made two changes to the side that recorded a shocking loss against St Lucia on Monday.
Rashawn Kellman replaced Yannick Blackman at full back while Elijah Downey returned to the starting line-up in place of Dishon “Eto’o” Howell.
Senior national player Ackeel Applewhaite had his work cut out in the early exchanges and was almost awarded when he was brought down in the box, but the match officials waved play on.
The Barbados backline stood firm for all but 39 minutes, with Bissainthe giving Haiti the 1-0 lead.
Downey was the culprit in the area although whether or not his committed foul was indeed a penalty was a major talking point. But Mexican referee Fernando Gomez pointed to the spot.
Despite the controversial call, Bissainthe put the ball down the middle of Liam Brathwaite’s goal from 12 yards.
Haiti created the majority of the chances in the first half and that goal opened the floodgates for a team looking to edge out Costa Rica in Group E to a spot in the next round.
Six minutes later and Barbados were 2-0 down. Brismax Clerger delivered a brilliant left-footed free kick and Barbados were caught ball-watching before Delentz Pierre smashed a one-time finish into the back of the net.
It went from bad to worse for Barbados who found themselves another goal behind within seconds of the resumption of play.
A ball from the midfield was played to Bissainthe, who stepped his way straight through the Tridents’ defence and placed the ball out of Brathwaite’s reach to give Haiti the 3-0 advantage at half-time.
Facing an uphill battle, Layne decided to switch up the team, introducing Tyrique Holder, Rashon Speedy Gittens and Dishon Howell to the fray.
Barbados’ best moment of the second half came when Applewhaite slipped a perfect pass through to Downey, but his shot was met with an equally good save by Haiti’s Jose Duverger in goal.
Haiti added a fourth in the 90th minute for good measure. Keny Charleston was in space down the left-hand side of the Bajan backline and when he played his cross along the carpet, Ronaldo Dimus drove it home, making the final score 4-0.
Barbados’ Andre Applewhaite (right) challenging Fredler Christophe for possession.