Montserrat national football team results

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The Montserrat national football team is the representative association football team of the small Caribbean island of Montserrat. Football is the second most popular sport in Montserrat after cricket, and official competitive football on the island is governed by the Montserrat Football Association (MFA).[1] The association is affiliated to the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and the team has, as of December 2009, entered seven Caribbean Cup competitions and three FIFA World Cup qualification campaigns. Montserrat played their first international fixture in 1991, which ended in a 0–3 defeat by Saint Lucia. In their second match, they secured a 1–1 draw with Anguilla. Montserrat lost their next seven matches before achieving their first ever victory on 26 March 1995, when they defeated Anguilla 3–2 at the Blakes Estate Stadium in Plymouth. Montserrat also went on to win their next match, again defeating Anguilla 1–0.[1]

In 1995, football on the island was halted due to the activity of the Soufrière Hills volcano.[2] The MFA became a full Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) member in 1996,[1] but the team did not play another international match for a further three years after this, when they entered the 1999 Caribbean Nations Cup. They were knocked out in the Preliminary Round of the tournament, losing 1–6 over two legs to the British Virgin Islands. Montserrat entered the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 2002, but were beaten 1–6 on aggregate by the Dominican Republic in the First Qualifying Round.[3][4] On 30 June 2002, the day of the World Cup Final, Montserrat played Bhutan in "The Other Final". The friendly match between the two lowest-ranked teams in the world ended with a 4–0 win for Bhutan.[5] Montserrat again entered the World Cup qualifiers for the 2006 competition, but were again defeated in the First Qualifying Round, this time losing 0–20 on aggregate to Bermuda. In the first leg at the Bermuda National Stadium they lost 0–13, which is their heaviest-ever defeat.[1] They competed in the 2005 Caribbean Cup, but once more failed to progress past the Premilinary Round. They were defeated 1–7 by Suriname in the First Qualifying Round of the 2010 World Cup.[6]

On 9 September 2012, Montserrat achieved their first victory in 17 years, beating the British Virgin Islands 7–0 in a qualifying match for the 2012 Caribbean Championship.[7] The win, the team's first as a FIFA-affiliated country, came after a run of 21 straight defeats. In total, Montserrat have played 30 international matches. Of these they have lost 26, drawn one and won three, two of those victories coming against Anguilla.[1] The poor results of the team has seen them perennially languishing at the lower end of the FIFA World Rankings. The loss to Bhutan in "The Other Final" saw them fall to #205 in the rankings, becoming the worst-ranked side in the world.[5][8] In July 2006, they achieved a record high rank of #196.[8]

Key

Results

Pre-FIFA affiliation (1991–1996)

Montserrat national football team results pre-FIFA affiliation
Date Venue Opponents Score[A] Competition Att. Montserrat scorers
10 May 1991 Vieux Fort National Stadium, Vieux Fort (A)  Saint Lucia 0–3 1991 Caribbean Cup Group Stage
14 May 1991 Vieux Fort National Stadium, Vieux Fort (N)  Anguilla 1–1 1991 Caribbean Cup Group Stage Unknown
15 April 1992 Warner Park, Basseterre (N)  Antigua and Barbuda 0–5 1992 Caribbean Cup Group Stage
17 April 1992 Warner Park, Basseterre (A)  Saint Kitts and Nevis 0–10 1992 Caribbean Cup Group Stage
23 February 1994 Warner Park, Basseterre (A)  Saint Kitts and Nevis 1–9 1994 Caribbean Cup Group Stage Unknown
25 February 1994 Warner Park, Basseterre (N)  Antigua and Barbuda 0–8 1994 Caribbean Cup Group Stage
26 March 1995 Sturge Park, Plymouth (H)  Anguilla 3–2 1995 Caribbean Cup First Qualifying Round Edwards, Wade, Morris
2 April 1995 Webster Park, The Valley (A)  Anguilla 1–0 1995 Caribbean Cup
First Qualifying Round
Webb
1 May 1995 Arnos Vale Stadium, Kingstown (A)  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0–9 1995 Caribbean Cup Second Qualifying Round
7 May 1995 Sturge Park, Plymouth (H)  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0–11 1995 Caribbean Cup Second Qualifying Round

As a FIFA member (1996–present)

Montserrat national football team results as a FIFA member
Date Venue Opponents Score[A] Competition Att. Montserrat scorers
5 February 1999 Sherly Ground, Road Town (A)  British Virgin Islands 1–3 1999 Caribbean Nations Cup Preliminary Round Webb
7 February 1999 Sherly Ground, Road Town (A)  British Virgin Islands 0–3 1999 Caribbean Nations Cup Preliminary Round
5 March 2000 Estadio San Cristóbal, San Cristóbal (A)  Dominican Republic 0–3 2002 FIFA World Cup First Qualifying Round 2,000
19 March 2000 Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain (N)  Dominican Republic 1–3 2002 FIFA World Cup First Qualifying Round 50 Dyer
6 February 2001 Stade Alberic Richards, Marigot (A)  Saint Martin 1–3 2001 Caribbean Nations Cup Preliminary Round
8 February 2001 Stade Alberic Richards, Marigot (N)  Anguilla 1–4 2001 Caribbean Nations Cup Preliminary Round Morris
30 June 2002 Changlimithang Stadium, Thimphu (A)  Bhutan 0–4 The Other Final 15,000
29 February 2004 Bermuda National Stadium, Devonshire Parish (A)  Bermuda 0–13 2006 FIFA World Cup First Qualifying Round 3,000
21 March 2004 Blakes Estate Stadium, Plymouth (H)  Bermuda 0–7 2006 FIFA World Cup First Qualifying Round 250
31 October 2004 Warner Park, Basseterre (A)  Saint Kitts and Nevis 1–6 2005 Caribbean Cup Preliminary Round Adams
2 November 2004 Warner Park, Basseterre (N)  Antigua and Barbuda 4–5 2005 Caribbean Cup Preliminary Round Bramble, Fox, Mendes, Farrell
26 March 2008 Marvin Lee Stadium,
Macoya (N)[B]
 Suriname 1–7 2010 FIFA World Cup First Qualifying Round 100 Farrell
6 October 2010 Victoria Park, Kingstown (A)  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0–7 2010 Caribbean Championship Preliminary Round 5000
8 October 2010 Victoria Park, Kingstown (N)  Barbados 0–5 2010 Caribbean Championship Preliminary Round 350
10 October 2010 Victoria Park, Kingstown (N)  Saint Kitts and Nevis 0–4 2010 Caribbean Championship Preliminary Round 1100
15 June 2011 Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva (N)[C]  Belize 2–5 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification First Qualifying Round 150 Hodgson (2)
17 July 2011 Estadio Olímpico, San Pedro Sula (N)[D]  Belize 1–3 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification First Qualifying Round Hodgson
5 September 2012 Stade Omnisports, Lamentin (N)  Suriname 1–7 2012 Caribbean Championship qualification 188 Allen
7 September 2012 Stade En Camée, Rivière-Pilote (A)  Martinique 0–5 2012 Caribbean Championship qualification 400
9 September 2012 Stade d'Honneur de Dillon, Fort-de-France (N)  British Virgin Islands 7–0 2012 Caribbean Championship qualification 120 Campbell (2), Roach, Woods-Garness, Remy (2), Sargeant (o.g.)
30 May 2014 Blakes Estate Stadium (H)  U.S. Virgin Islands 1–0 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification Hodgson[9]
3 June 2014 Blakes Estate Stadium (H)  Bonaire 0–0 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification
27 March 2015 Ergilio Hato Stadium, Willemstad (A)  Curaçao 1–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification Taylor
31 March 2015 Blakes Estate Stadium, St. John's (H)  Curaçao 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification Willer, Woods-Garness

Record by opponent

Montserrat national football team record by opponent
Opponent P W D L GF GA
 Anguilla 4 2 1 1 6 7
 Antigua and Barbuda 3 0 0 3 4 18
 Barbados 1 0 0 1 0 5
 Belize 2 0 0 2 3 8
 Bermuda 2 0 0 2 0 20
 Bhutan 1 0 0 1 0 4
 British Virgin Islands 3 1 0 2 8 6
 Curaçao 2 0 1 1 3 4
 Dominican Republic 2 0 0 2 1 6
 Martinique 1 0 0 1 0 5
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 4 0 0 4 2 29
 Saint Lucia 1 0 0 1 0 3
 Saint Martin 1 0 0 1 1 3
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 3 0 0 3 0 27
 Suriname 2 0 0 2 2 14
Total 30 3 1 26 27 155

Footnotes

A. a b In the "Score" column, Montserrat's score is shown first.
B. ^ The match was played in Trinidad and Tobago as neither Montserrat nor Suriname could provide a venue to meet FIFA standards.[10]
C. ^ The match had been intended as a home fixture for Montserrat, but was played in Trinidad and Tobago instead as Montserrat had no facilities on the island to meet international standards.[11]
D. ^ Played on a neutral venue in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.[12]

References

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e Oliver, Guy (2005). FIFA Almanack of World Football 2006. Headline. pp. 636–637. ISBN 0-7553-1419-0. 
  2. ^ "F.A. helps Montserrat rise from the ashes". Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). 8 January 2002. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Dominican Republic 3–0 Montserrat". FIFA. 5 March 2000. Archived from the original on 19 June 2008. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Montserrat 1–3 Dominican Republic". FIFA. 19 March 2000. Archived from the original on 19 June 2008. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Montserrat Loses To Gain Lowly Title". The New York Times. 1 July 2002. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Montserrat 1–7 Suriname". FIFA. 26 March 2008. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "British Virgin Islands 0–7 Montserrat". CONCACAF. 9 September 2012. Archived from the original on 18 December 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Montserrat: FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  9. ^ http://www.themontserratreporter.com/cfu-football-comes-to-montserrat/
  10. ^ "New World fixtures firmed". FIFA. 11 January 2008. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "Minnows take marks on the road to Rio". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Belize to play home qualifier in Honduras". CONCACAF. 7 July 2011. Archived from the original on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
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