When the Montserrat senior men’s team meet the Dominican Republic team on Saturday afternoon on the Blake’s Football field, it will be the first time both will play each other in 19 years.
The teams previously met in March 2000 with Dom Rep the victor in both games. It is all fresh blood on both sides and Montserrat’s team, captained by Lyle Taylor is prepared to bring a different ending to this encounter.
Taylor said he was expecting it to be a tough game but believes they can pull it off if they work hard for each other and get the right result.
“The team is in a good place. We spent the last year working very very hard to get to the position we’re in and the story isn’t finished yet. The next six games will tell us where we are. We are about four players about being the best in the Caribbean,” Taylor told the local media Friday.
The Dom Rep team comprises 80% homegrown talent with a few additional players from the United States and Spain. Manager Jorge Bauger said their priority has been to build up the local pool of players.
“We’re prepared for the match,” the manager said. They did this by taking on the higher ranked Guatemala and United Emirates. Despite losing both games, Bauger feels it was a great work out to take on Montserrat, which primarily fields UK-based players with local roots.
The teams have only faced-off twice and the Dominican Republic won both games at FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
The last time they met was on March 19, 2000, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, for the qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup win 3-1 in favor of the Dominican Republic.
The last time they met in the Dominican Republic, was on March 5, 2000 in San Cristobal, a 3-0 victory for the Dominicans.
Game time is Saturday at 3PM. Gates open at 1:30PM. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.
Concacaf Nations League | Montserrat vs Dominican Republic
Blake´s Football Complex | September 7, 2019 | 15:00 (L) – 15:00 (ET)
R: REYNA MOLLER, SERGIO ARMANDO (GUA)
AR1: PANJOJ CHITAY, HUMBERTO NOEL (GUA)
AR2: ROCHARD, AINSLEY ADRIAN (TRI)
4th Official: CORNEJO MELENDEZ, ISMAEL ALEXANDER (SLV)
Coach: William Donachie (Scotland)
Record in CNLQ GP- 4 W- 3 D- 0 L- 1 GF- 6 GA- 3 PTS 9
- Monteserrat stroked until the last minute the qualification to the Gold Cup, but in each game the Emerald Boys showed a great growth that will increase with the development of the CONCACAF Nations League.
- Montserrat scorers in the CNLQ: Spencer James Daley, Bradley Maurice Woods Garness (2 each), Adrian Lewis, and
- Joseph Terence Taylor (1 each)
Dominican Republic (DOM)
Coach: Orlando Capellino Arenas (URU)
There is no doubt that football in the Dominica is still rising. The Dominicans were close to qualifying for the Gold Cup. The Dominican Domingo Peralta scored the first hat-trick as a substitute in the CNL qualifiers.
Record in CNLQ: GP- 4 W- 2 D- 0 L- 2 GF- 9 GA- 4 PTS 6
- DOM scorers in CNLQ: Domingo Antonio Peralta (3), Enmy Manuel Peña (2), Cayetano Bonnin Vásquez, Carlos Fontana Heredia, Jean Carlos López Moscoso, and Eddipo Antonio Rodríguez (1 each)
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