Montserrat 3 Bermuda 2
Lyle Taylor scored a pair of goals to lead Montserrat to a dramatic 3-2 victory versus Bermuda in Group B of League B of the 2022-23 Concacaf Nations League at the Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Montserrat Starting Line-Up - Kymani Nelson, Michael Williams, Nathan Pond, Craig Braham, Kaleem Strawbridge, Brandon Comleym James Comley, Adrian Clifton (Julian McDonald 91st), Alex Dyer, Dean Mason (Brandon Barzey 38th), Lyle Taylor - Bermuda Starting Line-Up - Dale Eve, Daniel Cook, Roger Lee (Keishon Bean 28th), Reece Jones Jr., Dante Leverock, Lejaun Simmons (Riley Robinson 60th), 11 Willie Clemons, Knory Scott (Djair Parfitt-Williams 60th), Reggie Lambe (Enrique Russell 83rd), Luke Robinson (Kole Hall 60th), Nahki Wells
It was the first win for Montserrat in the 2022-23 CNL and their first ever victory against Bermuda in three attempts. The two oals also catapulted Taylor into a tie with teammate Adrian Clifton at the top of the Montserrat CNL scoring chart with three goals.
Bermuda Goalkeeper Dale Eve was the story of the first half with a trio of top-notch saves, while Nahki Wells had the best look for the visitors on a slick touch and turn that ended with his right-footed shot bouncing wide.
But there was nothing Eve could do to prevent Montserrat from finding the game’s first goal in the 47th when a foul in the Bermuda area resulted in a penalty, and Taylor confidently converted the spot kick for a 1-0 Montserrat lead.
But Bermuda were able to find a response in the 54th thanks to some heads-up play from Wells, who took the ball off the feet of Montserrat Goalkeeper Kymani Nelson and quickly played to Willie Clemons, who stroked home into an empty net to pull Bermuda level 1-1.
Back came Montserrat and they looked set to regain the lead in the 66th when a right-footed shot from Brandon Barzey beat Eve, but the ball struck the post, rolled right past Clifton and into the hands of Eve.
Clifton would get a second crack at it, though, just a minute later in the 67th by running onto a Barzey header and steering in a shot past Eve for a 2-1 Montserrat advantage.
The impetus was back on Bermuda to score and Wells duly complied in the 78’ with a sensational run past a pair of defenders before delivering a strong finish to earn the 2-2 equalizer.
There was still one more goal left in the game, and after scoring his side’s second goal, Clifton got to play the role of playmaker for Montserrat on the winning goal in the 85th’, setting up Taylor, whose composed finish into net gave the Emerald Boys a dramatic 3-2 win.