U20 Football: Costa Rica Defeat Bermuda 2 – 1

February 25, 2017

[Updated] Bermuda’s U/20 football team played their final match in the CONCACAF U20 Championships in Costa Rica, matching up against the hosts who defeated Bermuda 2 – 1.

Bermuda took a 1-0 lead in the first half, with Oneko Lowe scoring for the island, before Bermuda scored an own goal, resulting in the game pulling even at 1 – 1. Costa Rica then sealed their victory by scoring in the second half to make a 2 – 1, a score which held until the final whistle.

Video of Oneko Lowe scoring for Bermuda:

Bermuda’s U20 Gombey Warriors include Jahquil Hill of Stafford Rangers FC, Ahria Simons of X’roads, David Jones of Iikeston, Nathan Rego of SBRC, Tahzeiko Harris of Somerset, Amar Lewis of Dandy Town, Oneko Lowe of Dandy Town, Liam Evans of Robin Hood, Tehvan Tyrell of Iikeston, Kacy Butterfield of Walsall FC, Osagi Bascome of Bristol City FC, Jahkari Furbert of BAA, Detre Bell of NVCC, Mazhye Burchall of PHC, Paul Douglas of BAA, Mikiel Thomas of DRC, Jahnazae Swan of Dandy Town, Jaz Ratteray Smith of Somerset, Zenawi Bowen of North Village, and Knory Scott of North Village.

This was be their third game of this series, following after their 1 – 1 draw with Trinidad & Tobago and their match against El Salvador, which saw El Salvador win 3 – 1. Oneko Lowe scored for Bermuda in the match against Trinidad, while Mazhye Burchall scored for Bermuda against El Salvador.

Update: CONCACAF’s match report said, “Costa Rica [2W-0D-1L, 6 points] overcame a one-goal deficit to rally for a 2-1 Group C victory over Bermuda and secure a spot in the classification stage of the 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship at the Estadio Nacional on Saturday.

“Randall Leal snapped a 1-1 tie in the 50th minute as the Ticos completed group play with six points, finishing second in the group behind El Salvador [2-0-1, 6] on goal difference [+1 to +2]. Bermuda [0-1-2, 1] finished fourth and was eliminated from the competition.

Update: Match highlights

“Leal started and finished the goal-scoring sequence. He fed Jimmy Marin at the top of the box and the forward tapped the ball back to Leal, who fired a shot past goalkeeper Detre Bell for his second goal of the tournament.

“The Bermudians scored the first goal against the run of play as the Central American side enjoyed more of the possession in the opening half.

“They took advantage of an error by Costa Rica keeper Mario Sequeira in the 26th minute. Sequeira booted a goal kick straight to Oneko Lowe on the left side. Lowe worked his way into the penalty area, beating defenders Yostin Salinas and Pablo Arboine, before depositing the ball past Sequeira for his second goal of the competition.

“The Costa Ricans, who entered the match with only one goal in their previous two encounters, equalized just before halftime on an own-goal. Leal floated a corner kick into the area as defender Tevahn Tyrell, trying to clear the ball, slotted it on two bounces into the lower left corner of his own net in the 43rd minute.

“Bell was outstanding in the first half, making three important saves that kept the host off the scoreboard. His most memorable stops came on in the 31st minute, denying Andy Reyes and then Leal from point-blank range.”

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