Soccer

Under-20s edge Select team in Bermuda battle

  • Diego Richardson scored in the 65th minute for Bermuda Under-20 (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

The Bermuda Under-20 side beat a Bermuda Select 4-3 team to record their first victory of the Bermuda International Football Festival at Goose Gosling Field last night.

Ray Jonesís young charges held a 2-1 advantage at half-time and withstood a late fightback by a Bermuda Select team who refused to roll over and play dead.

Jenico Sealey opened the scoring in the 25th minute to put the Bermuda Under-20sí noses out front but their joy was short-lived as Clay Darrell equalised for the Bermuda Select three minutes later from the penalty spot.

However, Bermuda Under-20 regained the lead through Jahkari Furbertís 37th-minute strike only for Tevahn Tyrell to bring the teams level again in the 61st minute from the penalty spot.

The under-20s regained the lead a third time, through Diego Richardsonís 65th minute strike and they extended it a minute later after DíAndre Wainwright added another.

The Select side battled on and pulled one back when Darrell scored his second to set up a nervy finish, but their opponents held on for the win.

The under-20s drew 1-1 with the West Ham United Under-19 and lost 1-0 against the Azores Under-19 in their opening two fixtures of the round-robin tournament.

Meanwhile, West Ham won 5-3 over Azores, who had four players sent off in last nightís opening fixture at Goose Gosling Field that was abandoned late in second-half stoppage time.

The Portuguese side had a player sent off in the 66th minute for elbowing an opponent.

Tempers then flared after an off-the-ball incident which resulted in three more Azores players being sent off and the game being abandoned.

The loss was the Azores Under-19s first of the tournament, having beaten both Bermuda teams.

The tournament concludes tomorrow at the National Stadium where Bermuda Under-20 will take on West Ham Under-19 for a second time.