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Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Bermuda Go Down in CONCACAF Championships Opener

Bermuda 1 Trinidad & Tobago 3

Bermuda’s Under 17 National team kicked off their Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Group Stage matches at the IMG Academy in Florida against Trinidad.

Bermuda’s Starting Line-up: Ayleal Dill, Arnezha Astwood, Nahje Smith, Malachi Trott, Jayden Ebbin, Seke Spence, Lj Lewis, Ne-jai Tucker, Mazhi Simmons, Manoj Paynter, Samori Greenidge-Saltus - Substitutes: Coolridge Fubler, Zakiyah Lee, Oyinde Bascome, Nazuri Dailey, Diione Millett, Rayquon Woodley-Smith, Zaire Smith, Jayce Basden, Jai Bean

At the half, Trinidad would hold a 2 – 0 lead over Bermuda.

Trinidad took the lead when Former Fatima College striker Araujo-Wilson, who now resides in Canada and currently attends the Virtual High School in Ontario, broke the deadlock in the 24th minute.

Strike partner Jean-Heim McFeee went around a Bermuda defender down the right and picked out Araujo-Wilson, who shrugged off his marker Mazhi Simmons and blasted a right-footed shot high to the right of goalkeeper Ayleal Dill.

Araujo-Wilson widened the lead in the 38th minute. Simmons was caught in possession by Trinidad midfielder Tyrese Pierre, who sent Araujo-Wilson clear on goal.

The tall striker skipped over the challenge of Leroy Lewis and drove home a low left-footer, between the legs of an advancing Dill.

Bermuda battled hard to reduce the deficit, and their pressure paid off in the 75th minute as Ne-Jai Tucker went at the Trinidad defense and drilled a left-footed shot against the post, but an alert substitute Nazuri Dailey pounced on the rebound and powered his shot beyond the reach of Trinidad goalkeeper Kahlil Oliver.

Bermuda had a chance to pull level in the 80th minute, but Ne-jai Tucker watched his spot kick come back off the upright.

In the 90th minute Trinidad would find the back of the net again when substitute Andrew De Gannes watched his shot from a distance beat the Bermuda goalkeeper to make the final score 3 – 1.
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