Bermuda's status as favourites in this Digicel Caribbean Cup group lasted for just over four minutes.

Sluggish going forward and static at the back they were made to pay by an Antigua side that was far from world class.

They didn't need to be.

Bermuda gifted them a 4-0 win and with it the initiative in the group on a desperately disappointing evening in Grand Cayman.

The first goal summed up Bermuda's night. An innocuous throughball bobbled through the legs of goalkeeper Timmy Figuerido before being gleefully slotted home by Antigua striker Randolph Burton.

It was the start of an evening of giveaways.

The game was pretty much up after a rash challenge from Reggie Lambe gave Antigua a penalty to make it 2-0 on 29 minutes.

Then a miscued pass from Sammy de Graff presented Burton with his second of the night midway through the second half before the defence gift wrapped the three points for Antigua by playing statues as Javid Joseph waltzed through to complete the rout on 79 minutes.

For a 20-minute period after conceding the first goal Bermuda had looked like the quality passing side we know they can be.

Khano Smith saw a long range effort whistle past the post and then scuffed an easier chance form inside the box , Jemeiko Jennings thumped an audacious piledriver against the crossbar and John Barry Nusum - probably Bermuda's biggest threat on the night - couldn't put the rebound away with the goal at his mercy.

At that stage - with Reggie Lambe and Damon Ming also looking lively - a comback was on the cards.

But the door was always open at the back.

And when Jamie Thomas' penalty made it 2-0 the game was up.

"I don't know why, but we seemed to panic," said bemused coach Kenny Thompson after the match.

"We never recovered from that (the second goal). I've never been a part of a team that has conceded goals like that before. It was awful.

"I'm not pointing fingers individually because defending is a team thing but the goals we let in were amazing."

Technical Director Derek Broadley was equally straight-talking in his analysis.

"We were poor. We had no real shape, no real discipline, we need a big improvement.

"It's not the attitude, it's just application. I said before the game that sometimes in football you get hit by a thunderbolt. This was our thunderbolt tonight."

Now Bermuda needs to win their remaining two games against St Martin on Friday and Cayman on Sunday and hope other results go their way.

Top spot would guarantee qualification for the next round otherwise Bermuda would have to be one of the best four second placed teams out of the eight groups to qualify.