Montserrat and El Salvador match ends in a draw
Published on 29 March 2021
Photo: Montserrat (Green – Lyle Taylor) and El Salvador (Blue- Ivan Mancia) captains at the coin toss with the Aruban Referee (Centre with coin – Ricangel de Leca) and the Honduran Fourth Official (right of the referee – Moncada Oscar)
Montserrat 1-1 El Salvador
El Salvador 1
David Rugamas 4’
Lyle Taylor 89’
WILLAMSTAD, Curacao (March 28, 2021)— A late goal allowed Montserrat to hold El Salvador to a 1-1 draw in their World Cup Qualifier match at the Ergilio Hato Stadium in Curacao.
The Montserratians started flat, allowing El Salvador to move into pockets of space and pick up passes. They paid quickly, just four minutes into the first half. Jaime Alas saw the run of David Rugamas and threaded a perfectly weighted pass to put his team in front and add a second goal to his World Cup Qualifier campaign.
El Salvador looked confident as they continued to enjoy possession, forcing their opponents to defend from deep and often leaving striker Lyle Taylor isolated at the top.
Montserrat was the more physical of the two sides, and their performance was unremarkable in the first 45 minutes.
The mood was rather different in the second half—perhaps in indication of an earful from Head Coach Willie Donachie during the break. The Emerald Boyz had better tempo and moved with more purpose to win every ball.
Seven minutes after the restart, Lyle Taylor came the closest, but Ivan Marcia blocked his goal-bound, right-footed effort to deny Montserrat the equalizer.
El Salvador continued to pressure and Montserrat continued to show resilience, with back-and-forth battles, hard challenges, and a few cards issued to keep the peace and regain order.
Substitute Dustin Corea found himself clear at the top of the box and fired a thunderous left-footed shot that Corrin Brooks-Meade only saw when the ball had already hit the crossbar.
There was a solid performance from Craig Braham-Barrett in defense for Montserrat, as he out-muscled his opponents and read the game well to keep his team in the match.
The second-half game plan soon saw results, as Lyle Taylor rose above to head home a Jaime Allen free kick in the 89th minute of regular time to bring Montserrat level, with added time remaining.
A win was not on the cards for either team in the remaining minutes of the game, and the match ended 1-1.