Remember When: Bermuda Defeated Trinidad

June 15, 2024 | 0 Comments

[Written by Stephen Wright]

It has been 16 years since the Bermuda football team produced one of their best performances on the road after defeating a star-studded Trinidad and Tobago in the second round of their Concacaf 2010 World Cup qualifiers on June 15, 2008.

Bermuda beat Trinidad, who had qualified for the previous World Cup in Germany, 2-1 thanks to a brace from striker John Barry Nusum in front of a crowd of 4,585 spectators at the Lee Marvin Stadium in Macoya.

Nusum gave Bermuda the lead in the eighth minute with a close-range finish after excellent work down the left wing from Bermuda captain Khano Smith.

Trinidad, whose team included a front two of Southampton’s Stern John and Swansea City’s Jason Scotland, with Sunderland’s Carlos Edwards on the wing, equalised in the 22nd minute when John fired past Bermuda goalkeeper Timmy Figuerido.

Coach Kenny Thompson’s side refused to wilt against their more experienced opponents, with Nusum silencing the relentless steel drum behind the Trinidad goal when he stroked home after being fed by Damon Ming in the 38th minute.

Nusum’s goal saw him leapfrog Shaun Goater as Bermuda’s top scorer in World Cup qualifiers.

Bermuda had to absorb plenty of pressure in the second period, with Figuerido pulling off a series of fine saves to protect his side’s lead.

In the second leg at the National Stadium a week later, Trinidad prevailed 2-0 to advance to the next round of the qualifiers.

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