Kwame Steede may have scored the goal of the year in the Gombey Warriors' victory against Barbados. *Photo by Mikaela Pearman
Kwame Steede may have scored the goal of the year in the Gombey Warriors' victory against Barbados. *Photo by Mikaela Pearman

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11: Bermuda beat Barbados 2-1 in the first of two home World Cup qualifying matches.

Even though neither side can advance, both teams played with great pride as Bermuda won behind a penalty by captain Khano Smith and the goal of the year by Kwame Steede.

Barbados took the early 1-0 lead against the run of play as Diquan Adamson got behind Bermuda’s defenders just past midfield and raced the ball in a one-on-one against goalkeeper Mikkail Crockwell.

The game changing moment happened in the 26th minute when Bajan keeper Jason Boxill made a clumsy challenge against Damon Ming.

The ‘keeper was shown the red card and sent to the showers while Smith slotted home a shot to knot the score at one.

Bermuda dominated play in the first half but were playing against the wind and could not find that go ahead goal in spite of Barbados being reduced to 10 men.

The second half saw teenage keeper make his debut for Bermuda.

Steede got a cross from Quadir Maynard and with his back to the net, he got enough of his foot on it to send it past the helpless Bentley Springer.

The crowd rose to its feet to give Steede a standing ovation on his great shot.

Bermuda could have easily won this match six or seven to one, but could not put away their chances.

Steede, Ming and Andre Manders were all in good position to score but put their shots wide or high.

Substitute Reggie Lambe had a couple of breakaways that he shot high over the bar.

Eve wasn’t troubled too much at the Bermuda end, but he did make a nice save off an Adamson shot.

Both Steede and Smith said they were pleased to come away with the first victory.

Steede said his goal was difficult to explain.

He said: “It caught the boot at the right time and the right place. I was happy to score it for the country – for it to be the match winner, was something to remember.

“When I put on my jersey, I love to make Bermuda proud.”

He said on Monday “We’re looking to close this out on a good note and climb the (FIFA) ranks.”

Smith said today’s victory may make it tougher on Monday.

“It feels good to win, but we might have made it harder on ourselves as we didn’t take our chances and reward ourselves with the possession and the domination we had in the game.

“The score line should have been a bit more in our favour, but we got three points and that’s what we came for today.”

He said after Adamson scored the goal for Barbados “Our heads dropped a little but we stayed with it. When they scored, they scored early so there was plenty of time for us to come back.

He credited Ming with a great effort to get past Boxill, who was then forced to take down Ming and get sent off rather than concede an easy goal.

Smith said there are always “nerves” when taking a penalty.

“It’s your actions which decide whether it goes in or not. There is some pressure, but I just concentrated on the ball to make sure it goes in.”

Smith added Monday’s match may be more difficult “because it’s hard to beat a team twice in a row. It’s not going to be easy just because we beat them tonight.

“We just have to play with the same intensity and look to get the three points.”