MIAMI, Florida – The inaugural Concacaf Nations League started with a bang on Thursday with history made in Guyana’s thrilling 2-2 draw with Barbados in Guyana.
Trayon Bobb scored the first ever goal in CNL history with his strike just 18 seconds into the second-half of what turned out to be an exhilarating match between the hosts and the visiting Baja Tridents.
Following Bobb’s goal, Barbados’s Hallam Hope took over, rifling in shots in the 65’ and again in the 73’ to stun the home side and give Barbados a 2-1 lead.
But there was plenty of spirit left in Guyana and just four minutes after Hope’s second, Neil Danns pulled Guyana level 2-2 in the 77’, resulting in a splitting of the points between the two sides.
Earlier in the day in the first ever CNL match played on the island of Guadeloupe, Dominica and Suriname played to an intense 0-0 draw.
Suriname had the better of play in the first half, but it was Dominica who nearly found the back of the net right before halftime through Travist Joseph.
Things grew difficult for Dominica on the hour mark, as Erskin Williams was sent off with a red card reducing the Nature Boyz to 10 men.
Suriname looked to take advantage and had two golden opportunities to score in the final 10 minutes but was unable to convert, earning each team a point in its opening match.