Haiti put four past Ba­jans

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Sport 6 -

by an­mar­goodridge-boyce@na­tion­news.com

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.

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