Bahamas stun Trinidad and Tobago with a goalless draw
Published on 06 June 2021
NASSAU, Bahamas (June 5, 2021)—A defensive masterclass by Bahamas held much favored Trinidad and Tobago to a goalless draw when the teams met in Nassau for the penultimate Round One Group F match on Saturday. The result saw the Soca Warriors crashing out of World Cup Qualifiers. It also means that St. Kitts and Nevis will advance.
Trinidad and Tobago, with the higher percentage of possession, looked to build up from the back, with Bahamas more than happy to get numbers behind the ball.
Surprisingly, the first chance fell to Bahamas as Marcel Joseph picked the pocket of Trinidad and Tobago’s skipper Sheldon Bateau, but he shot high and wide.
The first real chance for Trinidad and Tobago came in the 14th minute but the combination of a smart save from goalkeeper Ian Lowe and a timely clearance by Bahamian captain Dylan Pritchard prevented an early conversion.
Lowe was again called into action a few minutes later to keep Duane Muckett off the score sheet.
Bahamas continued to make things difficult for Trinidad and Tobago with good defensive organization and some old -fashioned hard work, particularly by Pritchard and Leslie St. Fluer. A long, mazy run by St. Fluer almost caught out the visitors, but he could only shoot into the side netting much to the relief of team Trinidad and Tobago. Consecutive saves by Lowe shortly after kept the score line at zero.
Dre Fortune should have capitalized on some good build-up play down the right side, but blazed his shot wide after finding himself relatively free in the Bahamian penalty area. The score at half time was nil all.
Trinidad and Tobago started the second half the aggressors with the half-time introduction of Daniel Phillips, looking to increase the quickness in possession and attacking with more urgency. However, the combination of Lowe, St. Fluer and Pritchard continued to keep Trinidad and Tobago at bay. The longer the game remained scoreless, the more the Bahamians grew in confidence.
Trinbagonians continued to commit bodies forward, searching for the win, and Bahamas continued to defend resolutely. Trinidad and Tobago’s best chance came in the 80th when Neveal Hackshaw rose to meet a cross swung in from the left side, but he saw his header clang into the post before Lowe scrambled the ball away for a corner.
Desperate attacking by Trinidad and Tobago and good old fashioned, agricultural defending from the Bahamians characterized the remaining 10 minutes plus stoppage time.
The full-time whistle brought relief and joy to the Bahamians, but agony to the Soca Warriors as a draw handed St Kitts and Nevis top honors irrespective of the result of when both teams clash in their final group match on June 8.