Team Bahamas falls 4-0 to Dominica
It’s another setback for The Bahamas senior men’s national soccer team as they did not find the back of the net this past Saturday in CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) Nations League Qualifying action against Dominica at Windsor Park-Sports Stadium in Roseau, Dominica. The host nation won easily, 4-0.
The loss comes approximately a week after The Bahamas won easily over the Turks and Caicos Islands, 6-1, at home in an international friendly. However, they lost two of their three Nations League matches prior to Saturday’s match against Dominica, and drew against Anguilla in the other.
On Saturday Dominica dominated the first half of play, scoring three goals. The Bahamas failed to respond.
Julian Wade scored the first goal of the game for Dominica in the 24th minute of play as he capitalized on a mistimed jump by Valin Bodie, The Bahamas’ goalkeeper. Wade’s goal sent the fans into a frenzy.
The second goal of the match came six minutes later on a cross from the right side into The Bahamas’ 18-yard box as Dominica’s Travist Joseph headed the ball into the goal to put his side ahead, 2-0. Five minutes later, Wade found the back of the net again. This time, he dribbled the ball past a Bahamian defender before sending it far-post and past Bodie into the back of the net.
The Bahamas played much better in the second half, but still did not score. They defended better and took the ball into Dominica’s half of the field and took some shots.
Bahamian Raymorn Sturrup took a shot in the 66th minute but it went wide. Team captain Lesly St. Fleur had an opportunity in the 65th minute but his shot also went wide. Marcel Joseph had a shot in the 70th minute for The Bahamas but the attempt was saved by Glenson Prince, Dominica’s goalkeeper.
In the 84th minute, Dominica’s Briel Thomas scored as he took a shot from outside the 18-yard box. He sent Bodie flying to the far-post and the ball ended up in the back of the net. With that shot, Thomas gave the home team a 4-0 lead which turned out to be the final score.
Dominica controlled the game with 21 shots compared to just six for The Bahamas’ six, but barely controlled time of possession, with 51 percent of the clock compared to 49 percent for The Bahamas. A couple shots from The Bahamas were on target, but saved by the Dominican goalie.
This game was the first international challenge for Nesley Jean as interim head coach for Team Bahamas.
The Bahamas finished CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying with no wins, a draw and three losses. They had a 1-1 tie against Anguilla but gave up 14 goals in their three losses – all shutouts. Overall, they scored one point and sit in the number 30 in the regional standings.
The 2019-2020 CONCACAF Nations League will begin in September of this year.
There will be a draw for that competition on Wednesday March 27, to determine which group in League D The Bahamas will play out of.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism