Action from the international friendly between Canada (white jersey) and host Bermuda on January 22, 2017, in Devonshire. (Photo: Bernews)
DEVONSHIRE, Bermuda – Jay Chapman broke a 2-2 tie in the second half with a goal on his international debut to help Canada earn a 4-2 win over host Bermuda in an international friendly on Sunday at the Bermuda National Sports Centre.
The match was highlighted by international debuts of 12 players – seven for Bermuda and five for Canada.
Bermuda went ahead 1-0 in the 12th minute, when Jalen Harvey slotted home with his right foot from seven-yards out.
Nine minutes later, the sides were on level terms as Jonathan Osorio struck for his first international goal by poking in the rebound of Anthony Jackson-Hamel’s initially saved attempt.
Osorio then slipped a splendid pass into the right side of the box in the 23rd to the moving Tosaint Ricketts, who fired a low, right-footed shot into the left side of the net to gibe Canada a 2-1 lead with his 15th-international goal.
After the break a Canadian miscue allowed Bermuda to equalize. In the 55th minute, substitute goalkeeper Sean Melvin couldn’t control a pass from defender Adam Straith and the ball rolled across the face of the goal. As Melvin scrambled to retrieve it, Lejuan Simmons rushed in to push it over line. An injured Melvin was forced to leave game, and since it didn’t have a third goalkeeper in the squad, Straith put on the gloves.
Despite Straith’s lack of custodial experience, it was Canada that would score the next two goals to seal the victory.
Chapman restored the Canadians’ advantage in the 75th minute, glancing home a header from three yards off Kyle Bekker’s left-sided corner kick
Jackson-Hamel swooped in to add an insurance goal after intercepting an errant backpass.
- Keishon Bean, Zenawi Bowen, Jahquil Hill, Oneko Lowe and Rai Sampson made their international debuts for Bemuda, while Jay Chapman Ben Fisk, Callum Irving, Ben McKendry and Sean Melvin earned their first caps for Canada
- Canada will next visit Scotland on March 22 in Edinburgh.