Bermuda secured three points in the opening Group B match of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s Under 17 competition, with an exciting 3-1 victory over the Dominican Republic.
Playing at the Sylvio Cator Stadium in Haiti; Bermuda seemed to be cruising towards an easy win as they went into the half leading 2-0, however, an early second half goal from the Dominican Republic changed the match, and it took the full attention of their players for Bermuda to complete the win.
Bermuda’s Eva Frazzoni opened the scoring in the 20th minute as she was the benefactor of a fortuitous bounce after Dominican goalie Yelandy Vasquez saved the initial shot from Aaliyah Nolan, but the rebound fell in the path of Frazzoni who hammered the ball into the roof of the net.
Four minutes later Zahra Gibbons made it 2-0 as she displayed a brilliant solo run down the right flank into the 18 yard box while evading her defenders and slotted past Vasquez.
The second half began at an even pace as Dominican striker Winibian Peralta tried her best to penetrate the offside trap set by the Bermudans without success.
It was her strike partner Ana Taveras, who broke through for the Dominicans as she scored a lovely cross just in front of goal from Dayanara Martinez in the 59th minute.
This goal inspired the Dominicans to pick up the pace and they searched for an equalizer and then the game winner. However, it was not to be as Leah Smith played the ball inside to Deshae Darrell in the 90th minute to seal the victory and secure the all important three points for Bermuda.