At the BAA Field, the Dandy Town Hornets sent a message to the rest of the League with a 5 – 1 hammering of Robin Hood.
The Dandy Town Hornets held a 2 – 0 lead at the break with goals from Jahnazae Swan and Tomiko Goater.
Minutes after the break Angelo Simmons would make it 3 – 0 with a right footed shot low and to the right of the Robin Hood goalkeeper Jason Simons.
Lejuan Simmons would pull a goal back for Robin Hood making the score 3 – 1, but the Dandy Town Hornets would get goals from Quadir Maynard and Seion Darrell to close out the match.
Thursday, October 08, 2015
Corona League Season & Simons on Chesterfield
Mike McGrath Corona League President
The 7th Season of the Corona League is set to kick off on Friday October 9th with the Coronita Charity Cup being contested between the North Village Rams and Robin Hood as rivalries resume at 7pm at BAA's Goose Goslings Field.
After the excitement of the Coronita Charity Cup the anticipation will build to a crescendo when the league kicks off on Friday October 16th taking the League through to the Christmas break starting December 11th.
With a break for Christmas and Corona Cup rounds filtered into the schedule the League continues until the April 2nd when everyone will find out who will be the 7th league Champion. We all know there will be plenty of exciting football on the journey to discover that name.
Returning to the original league format kick off times will be 6.30pm and 8.30pm Fridays and 4pm and 6pm Saturdays.
Summer signing Rai Simons says he’s been surprised how quickly he’s progressed to first team action at Chesterfield - but intends to make the most of it.
Having made just a couple of eye-catching reserve team appearances for Chesterfield he made his first team bow as a substitute against Burton Albion before earning his first start at Crewe last weekend.
Another start at Rochdale in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy followed on Tuesday night, leaving Simons thrilled to have made the breakthrough so soon in his Chesterfield career.
He said: “I didn’t expect to be in the team so quickly, if I’m honest.
“I just kept training hard and also impressed in the reserve games which earned me the chance.
“It was great to be part of the squad and to come on against Burton, then I got an assist early on at Crewe for our first goal so it just kept getting better.”
Despite having also been in in full-time football at Ilkeston, Simons says he has noticed a big difference the way things are at a higher level and that his game has improved greatly as a result, leading to his first team chance.
“The training is very intense and high tempo and the football itself is a lot more of a thinking game and more technical than at the lower levels, but I’ve always aimed to be at my best to perhaps try and get a place on the bench or better,” he said.
“I’d done well in the reserve games and I think the manager saw what I could do and decided to give me a shot and I think he’s been happy with how I’ve played so hopefully I can keep his trust and stay in contention.
“I’d watched all of the games and tried to learn what to expect but playing was completely different. I just tried not to let the occasion get to me and treat it like a regular game.”
On the wider picture, Simons believes Chesterfield are progressing well and that a climb back up the table is well within reach.
He said: “We’re doing pretty well, it’s just been little mistakes that have cost us dearly in some games.
“If we can cut those out then in the next few weeks we can be where we’re supposed to be, higher up the table.”
Many from the island move to the USA to play their football, but with Simons having been in England since he was 15, he was determined to break through in this country.
“It’s great that I can hopefully be a role model to the young footballers there. I’m no different to any of them but have shown that with the right commitment and work ethic you can achieve your dreams.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
FIFA President Sepp Blatter Provisionally Suspended
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been provisionally suspended for 90 days.
Members of FIFA's ethics committee met this week after the Swiss attorney general opened criminal proceedings against Blatter, last month.
He is accused of signing a contract "unfavorable" to football's governing body and making a "disloyal payment" to UEFA president Michel Platini, 60.
Swiss Blatter, who has run FIFA since 1998, and Platini, who wants to succeed him, deny any wrongdoing.
A final decision is likely to be made on Friday by Hans Joachim Eckhert, the head of FIFA's ethics adjudicatory chamber.
Blatter's adviser Klauss Stohlker told BBC Sport, "The news was communicated to the President this afternoon. He is calm. Remember he is the father of the Ethics Committee.
"This is provisional for 90 days but he is not actually suspended. The committee has not yet made a decision and their meetings continue."
On Wednesday, Blatter told a German magazine that he was being "condemned without there being any evidence for wrongdoing".
The Ethics Committee had been meeting in Zurich since Monday and have yet to make a decision on Platini.
The investigation is centered on allegations believed to be around a 2005 TV rights deal between FIFA and Jack Warner, the former President of CONCACAF, the Governing Body of Football in North and Central America and the Caribbean in which Bermuda is also a Member.
It is also examining a payment of two million Swiss francs (£1.35m) that Platini received in 2011 for working for Blatter. He claims it was "valid compensation" for work carried out more than nine years previously.
The Frenchman has provided information to the criminal investigation but said he has done so as a witness.
Swiss prosecutors said he is being treated as "in between a witness and an accused person" as they investigate corruption at world football's governing body.
The latest development came hours after former FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-joon, who is also under investigation by FIFA's ethics committee, told BBC Sport that his campaign to succeed Blatter was being "smeared".
Blatter won a fifth consecutive FIFA Presidential Election on May 29th but, following claims of corruption, announced his decision to step down on June 2nd. He is due to finish his term at a FIFA Extraordinary Congress on February 26th.
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Simons & Chesterfield Go Down in Johnstone's Paint Trophy
In torrential rain at Spotland, Rai Simons was part of a youthful Chesterfield side slipped out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at the second round stage after a 2-1 loss to Rochdale.
Rochdale started the brighter and after 18 minutes had the lead. Left-bacK Scott Tanser burst into the box and struck low and with power but received some good fortune as a flicked deflection took the ball up and past Tommy Lee to hand the hosts the lead.
Midway through the second half and two goals came in a matter of moments. First substitute Sylvan Ebanks-Blake centered low and Ashley Eastham bundled into his own net, then from the restart Lewis Alessandra restored the home lead with a neat finish after Lee had saved well.
Chesterfield made five changes to the side that beat Crewe on Saturday. Drew Talbot, Dion Donohue, Armand Gnandulliet and Jake Orrell all came in, while Sam Hird returned to captained the side with Sam Morsy suspended.
Simons would have been in on goal but for a last ditch tackle, and Mani Dieseruwe was inches away from getting on the end of Ebanks-Blake’s teasing cross.
The hosts played out the game to claim the victory, and with it a place in the Northern Area quarter finals.
Monday, October 05, 2015
The Bermuda Football Show Postponed Today
With the ongoing clean up and putting things back together following the passing of Hurricane Joaquin, the ever popular Bermuda Football Show will not be shown today.
Host Jason Ford along with Calvin Blankendal will next Monday highlight the League Matches from the previous week and then they will make their Carlsberg Picks of the Week predictions, 10 other members of the public have signed up to take part as well.