The Bermuda Boys’ Under 14 National Team pulled off an historic win over Cuba in their opening game of the 2018 Caribbean Football Union Boys' U14 Challenge Series.
Bermuda’s Starting Line Up: Milai Perott, Zakao Hart, Naji Bean, Mason Robinson, Eijaz Shakir (c), Deniche Hill, Camaje Easton-Smith, Keyni Mills, La Zai Outerbridge, Sincere Hall, Ahtaio Burgess Reserves: Toran Place, Stefan Jones, Sekai Tatem, Aquiyei Richardson, Riley Robinson, Harry Twite, Ben Osset
Ahtaio Burgess almost gave Bermuda the lead when he chased down the goalkeeper as he attempted to clear the ball. Burgess blocked the kick and rounded the Keeper but could only find the side of the net from a tight angle. Bermuda found themselves down 1-0 in the 18th minute, through a defensive miscommunication which allowed a Cuban striker too much space in the box and he beat goalkeeper Milai Perott to give Cuba a 1-0 lead.
Perott made a number of fine saves to keep Bermuda in the game as Cuba pressed to find a second goal. Deniche Hill and Sincere Hall made a few penetrating runs which caused great concern for the Cuban defense as they went to the break down 1 - 0.
The Bermuda coaches made a few strategic second half changes which allowed Bermuda to slowly gain the upper hand, their penetration finally paid off in the first minute of injury time when substitute Sekai Tatem drove a cross into the box which was met by La Zai Outerbridge who’s glancing header beat the Cuban goalkeeper at the back post.
Bermuda wasn’t done and found the winner though Hill with the last touch of the match. Second half substitute Stefan Jones was the provider as he placed a timely cross for Hill's calmly slammed the ball past the outstretched hands of the Cuban goalkeeper to secure the win for Bermuda.