Trinidad beats Bermuda in WCQ

Former Sparta Rotterdam striker Darryl Roberts scored after just eight minutes to lead Trinidad to a 2-0 win over Bermuda on Sunday and into the semifinals round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

Trinidad advances with a 3-2 aggregate score in the two-leg second-round series after losing to Bermuda 2-1 at home last week.

The Soca Warriors silenced the home crowd at Hamilton’s National Sports Centre early in the match when the ball broke for Roberts, who turned inside the box and rifled his left-foot shot high into Bermuda’s net.

Trinidad, the top-ranked Caribbean team, showed signs of nerves in the second half, but notched its second goal in the 69th minute via Southampton forward Stern John, the national team’s all-time highest goal scorer.

John rose to meet a Keon Daniel cross at the far post and fired a header down into the corner of the net to end Bermuda’s World Cup aspirations

Roberts had two further first-half chances at goal, but both efforts were snuffed by Bermuda goalkeeper Timmy Figureido.

Trinidad advances to World Cup Qualifying Group 1 where it will meet the U.S., Guatemala and Cuba.