Mingoes drop BFA season opener to the Titans

The University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes lost their first match of the 2020 Bahamas Football Association’s (BFA) season to the Western Warriors Titans, 2-1, on Sunday at the Roscow A.L. Davies Field.

The Mingoes, playing without two of the team’s regular starters, allowed an own goal from Jervane Turnquest in the eighth minute of play.

The Mingoes were able to hold the Titans to that lone goal in the first half, going into the intermission down 1-0 thanks in part to the six saves by goalkeeper Aaron Munnings. Munnings had nine altogether on the afternoon.

The Titans scored in the 64th minute off a penalty kick to go ahead 2-0. Ronaldo Green got an edge on Munnings and pushed the ball to the back of the net for the Titans.

The Mingoes were determined not to finish scoreless. On some brilliant footwork, Rasean Rolle was able to connect in the 79th minute of play to get them on the scoreboard.

“We had a few minutes left in the game and I knew a change needed to happen,” said Rolle. “I took a touch and settled it down and I knew I had to make a goal or else nothing was going to happen. I took the shot at the corner of the goal and the keeper dove too late.”

Rolle said his teammates tried their best but now know what they are up against this season.

“We played the best that we could out there today, and I’m proud of the effort because no one gave up. It was a learning experience and we learned from those mistakes today. Next time, hopefully, we will pick up a win.”

On the afternoon, the Mingoes had only five shots on goal compared to 27 shots for the Titans. The Mingoes were missing two players because they arrived after the roster had been checked by match officials. Despite missing those players, and the loss, Mingoes Head Coach Dion Godet was still upbeat about his team’s performance.

“Overall, I think the team played with a lot of heart today,” Godet said. “They brought the fight and that was important for me. The guys stepped up and played hard today.”

The Mingoes play again on Sunday, January 26 when they take on the Bears at the Roscow A.L. Davies Field, starting at 4 p.m.

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