Fans could not have asked for a more thrilling contest to open Group B of League C of the Concacaf Nations League, as a late four-goal spree propelled Bonaire past the British Virgin Islands 4-2 on Friday afternoon at the Ergilio Hato Stadium in Willemstad. 

In the 31st minute, the British Virgin Islands struck first when Tyler Forbes got on the end of a Joshua Bertie cross and volleyed it clean into the far corner. 

Bonaire came out gunning in the second half and were rewarded for their efforts with an Edshel Martha equalizer in the 74th minute. 

Martha’s goal opened the floodgates for Bonaire. Just three minutes later Yurick Seinpaal expertly chipped Ben Chapman to give the home side a 2-1 lead. Only three minutes after that, Jursten Trinidad added a third before Martha completed his brace in the 83rd minute to seal the victory.

Forbes completed his own brace in stoppage time when he pulled one back for the British Virgin Islands. 

It was a day of record breaking for the hosts; four goals is their highest ever tally, and Seinpaal’s strike ascended him to Bonaire’s all-time top scorer with four goals scored.

Jamaica international Leon Bailey is expected to represent his nation at the upcoming CONCACAF Gold, as a protracted dispute with the national football governing body seems to have come to an end.

The 22-year-old Bailey had previously turned down numerous invitations to represent the Caribbean nation, the most recent coming in October of last year.  On that occasion Bailey had agreed to play against Bonaire but later refused after his brother Kyle was not invited to the squad.

According to both parties, however, the impasse seems to be at an end with the player potentially making his debut against the USA in an upcoming friendly international.

“Chris Samuda worked hard with some things and the minister has also given her support. We love our country and we want to play for our country,” Bailey’s agent and guardian Craig Butler said.

President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Michael Ricketts also confirmed that things have been smoothed over.

“Leon Bailey will be called because the coach and I have had discussions recently, and he will be invited both for the friendly in the U.S. and also for the Gold Cup tournament,” Ricketts said.

“I think that coach (Donovan) Duckie has interest for the brother (Kyle) for the Olympic squad because he did indicate to me that he has an interest in inviting him for the Olympic squad,” he added.

“We are looking forward to having them here, and we just hope that we will be able to put the past behind us and just restart the whole thing of just having him (Bailey) in the national set-up.”

Jamaica's Reggae Boyz recorded a second straight clean sheet win by downing hosts Bonaire 6-0 at the inaugural concacaf Nations League Qualifying tournament. 

St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago recorded lopsided victories against the Turks and Caicos and Guyana, respectively as the Caribbean Football Union Boys U14 Challenge series got underway on Saturday.

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