Soccer

Goater not surprised by ‘brilliant performance’

  • Giving insight: Shaun Goater shared his journey as a professinal footballer with the audience as a sports forum hosted by the Department of Youth, Sport and Recreation last week. Fellow panelist, former Olympic diver Katura Horton Perinchief, listens intently

(Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Shaun Goater says Bermuda’s “massive result” over Panama in the Concacaf Nations League came as no surprise to him.

Bermuda defeated Panama 2-0 at the Rommel Fernández Stadium on Sunday with forward Nahki Wells netting a brace either side of half-time.

It was the perfect response for Bermuda against regional heavyweights Panama, who beat Kyle Lightbourne’s team 4-1 at home last Thursday.

“This is a massive result,” said Goater, who attended the League A, group B, opener, at the National Stadium.

“When we played Panama at home, I didn’t feel they were three goals better than us.

“I said if anything they were probably one goal better and I felt we should have had the penalty [when Wells appeared to be fouled in the box].

“I’m not surprised we go down there and actually get a result and, not only that, we get a clean sheet, so that’s a brilliant performance against a really quality team.”

The former Manchester City forward, who lives in England, admires the belief that Lightbourne, the Bermuda coach, has instilled in his players.

“Kyle and the coaching staff have just elevated Bermuda to another level,” Goater said. “The boys have a belief in him and in themselves. This is good because when we played at home, there were a couple of fans who were having a go and this happens in the game.

“These fans will also now be proud that these boys went and scored goals, performed well. Obviously to the travelling fans, the Bermuda boys would have responded to them. It’s awesome stuff for Bermuda.”

Lightbourne’s side will face Mexico at home on October 11 and away on November 19 in their remaining group B fixtures.