Turks and Caicos Islands fall to Nicaragua

Published on 28 March 2021

Photo: Turks & Caicos Senior Men National Team in the 2022 WCQ

Nicaragua 7-0 Turks and Caicos Islands
Juan Barrera 3’, 59’
Arianger Smith 8’, 45’ + 2’
Marvin Fletes 46’
Dshon Forbes 78’
Matias Moldskred 87’

SAN CRISTOBAL, Dominican Republic (March 27, 2021)—A rampant Nicaraguan team brushed aside the Turks and Caicos Islands 7-0 in their Group E World Cup Qualifier clash at Estadio Panamericano. 

The Islanders’ first foray in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers was disappointing from the beginning, as they quickly found themselves 2 goals down in the first 10 minutes of play.

Nicaraguan captain Juan Barrera opened the scoring as early as the 3rd minute when he found himself completely unmarked inside the penalty area and made no mistake in converting.

The Turks and Caicos Islands team didn’t learn from their mistake, and six minutes later were punished for what can only be described as schoolboy defending—again with poor marking.

This time, Belarus-based forward Arianger Smith applied a cheeky back-heeled finish to a cross from the left side of the field to put Nicaragua firmly in the driver’s seat at 2 goals to nil.

Then the La Azul y Blanco seemingly took their feet off the gas and allowed the Turks and Caicos side to settle in and enjoy at bit more possession. This led to what would prove to be their best scoring chance of the match, and with better organization and resolute defending, Nicaragua were kept at bay for most of the remaining first period. 

The immense pressure, however, took it tolls, as deep into first half stoppage time, Smith had his second goal of the match, converting on another cross, much to the disappointment of the Turks and Caicos Islands coaching staff. Nicaragua went into the break 3 goals to nil.

If the first half ended poorly for Turks and Caicos Islands, the second half began just as calamitously. A 47th minute Marvin Fletes conversion added to their woes.

Nicaragua were awarded a penalty kick only a minute in, but Barrera saw his effort come back off the upright with no chance of converting the rebound—further misery averted for the Islanders for the time being. 

The Nicaraguans continued to create scoring chances, and the Argentine-born Barrera made amends for his earlier penalty miss by finishing off a neat interchange of passes with a clever near-post finish to put the contest firmly away. 5-0 Nicaragua.

The day got worse for the Turks and Caicos Islands in the 78th minute when Dshon Forbes raced on a wonderful through ball to calmly slot past the advancing goalkeeper to make it 6- nil.

Matias Moldskred capped of the scoring for Nicaragua with an 87th minute goal.  With this win, Nicaragua jumped to the top of group E.

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