Bermuda comfartably came through the toughest examination of thier Digicel campaign so far to qualify for phase two of the competition with a 3-1 win over Dominican Republic.

Aljame Zuill and Darius Cox both hit thier first goals for Bermuda, while Kwame Steede scored his third in as many days, to ensure Kyle Lightbourne's side eased through to phase two.

A late consolation for the opposition and the controversial sending off of skipper Kentoine Jennings - one of three players to see red on the night - soured what was otherwise a perfect trip for Bermuda.

And the news that Jamaica - one of the competition favourites who were slated to face our boys in the next round - could be going home early after a shock defeat to St Vincent and the Grenadines could only have heightened the celebrations in the Bermuda camp.

If the Reggae Boys fail to beat Haiit Bermuda could be left with a substantially easier route to the finals, with St Vincent, on paper at least, a much more favourable opponent in the second group stage.

Bermuda showed their strength and depth in squad on Friday night, easily replacing two-goal hero Dominico Coddington from Wednesday night, after he picked up a groin strain, with Zuill looking the part up front.

In fact the Colts striker, thought he was off to a flying start after only two minutes when he headed the ball into an empty net after John Barry Nusum's powerful free kick from the edge of the box was only parried by Dominican Republic keeper Ecker Sanchez. But the linesman flagged and the goal was disallowed.

However the quick paced Zuill only had to wait until the 25-minute mark to break his international duck.

A clever back flick from the feet of Zuill after a good ball through from midfield set up John Nusum for a strike on goal. The power in the strikers shot was just too strong for Dominican keeper Sanchez to hold and this time Zuill's follow up was allowed as he slotted the ball into the empty net to make it 1-0 to Bermuda.

The second half was only three minutes old when Bermuda defender Darius Cox was quickest to react to Keith Jennings corner kick and with a clever flick header at the near post made it 2-0 to Bermuda.

Seven minutes later the tie was out of reach for the Dominican republic when Kwame Steede took his goal tally for the competition to three goals in two games by getting his first on the night with a sweet "David Beckham-esque" free kick from the edge of the box into the top right hand corner.

With neither side wanting to give much away the tackles started to fly in and the game got a bit more aggressive. Without the game being terribly dirty Dom Rep had two players red carded and Bermuda had captain Jennings sent off after he was involved in an off the ball incident with Dominican Republic's Juan Rene Contrera, resulting in an early shower for both players. Dominican Republic were rewarded for their industrious play when on 85 minutes substitute Jonathan Fana finally broke the offside trap and slid the ball past the advancing Bermuda keeper Nigel Burgess to leave the final score Bermuda 3 Dominican Republic 1 and ensured Bermuda safely go through to round 2.

Dominican Republic: Sanchez, Berroa, Belen, Medina, Severino (Miliano), Garcia, Corporan (Mariano), Sanchez, Rodriguez (Fana), Diaz, Contrera

Bermuda: Nigel Burgess, Richards, Lewis, Cox, Kentione Jennings, Anjaime Zuill (Scott), Steede, Bean (Dennis Zuill, Tryell Burgess (Parsons), Nusum, Keith Jennings

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