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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Jonte Smith and Kemi Kings Go Down

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OPS are trying to avoid relegation and helped their cause in a big way when they defeated Jonte Smith and his PS Kemi teammates 2-0.

OPS took the lead in the 42nd minute when Iiro Vandell found the back of the net, Jean Carlos Palmeira doubled the lead with a strike in the 64th minute.

Smith who played the 90 minutes and his teammates were unable to get back into the game.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Wells Targets 25 Goals for 2014/15

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Nahki Wells has set a target for himself in this upcoming season.

According to the report in the Examiner, “Wells is setting his sights high “at least” 25 goals as he prepares for his first full Championship campaign.

“The Bermudian star, who signed midway through last season, is desperate to quickly add to his seven-goal Huddersfield Town haul. Having netted 15 times for Bradford before his January switch for a club-record £1.3m, Wells claimed 22 in total.”

He chalked up 26 back in 2012-13, when Bradford reached the Capital One Cup final and won the League II play-offs.

And he wants to get close to that tally this term, saying: “I am looking at the 25 mark at least and I know I am capable.

“I got games (22 of them) and goals under my belt in the Championship last season.

“That is something for me to build on, and my aim is to stay healthy, continue learning and keep scoring.”

Wells was on target as Town beat Cypriot side AEL Limassol 3-1 behind closed doors at PPG Canalside last Saturday.

He and his teammates have just returned from their Portuguese training camp, having beaten SC Portimonense 4-1, with Town sending a side to Conference North club Guiseley on Monday night (7.45).

“Pre-season is going well,” added the man who is looking forward to forging frontline partnership with James Vaughan.

“We’re working hard, but it’s been enjoyable, and we all know the importance of this period.

“We’re getting fitter and sharper all the time, and everything is geared towards that big first Championship game.”
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Wells & Huddlersfield End Tour with a Win

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Nahki Wells and his Huddersfield Town teammates capped off a week of hard work in Portugal with a comprehensive 4-1 win over Segunda Divisao side SC Portimonense.

Joe Lolley – playing centrally – opened the scoring in the 11th minute, collecting a cross from the left from Paul Dixon with his back to goal before spinning neatly and firing home.

Midfielder Adam Clayton netted Town’s second from the penalty spot in the 26th minute after striker Wells was brought down before James Vaughan netted a trademark overhead kick from Dixon’s throw-in.

The fourth goal was netted by Swedish trialist Markus Holgersson on the hour mark, the former New York Red Bulls and Wigan Athletic center back turning the ball home inside a crowded penalty area

Home side Portimonense netted a consolation with 11 minutes to go.

Speaking to htafc.com after the game, Manager Mark Robins commented:

“Everybody’s come through the game unscathed. Some players played fewer minutes than others and those players will feature at Guiseley. It will be a strong side and squad at Guiseley.

“It’s been a good week in Portugal; very interesting. We’ve had some decent training and spent good time together; it’s been good to get everybody together and see how everyone interacts. There have clearly been some good performances on the pitch as well.

“It’s good to be scoring early on (the First Team has netted 10 in three pre-season friendlies so far) but the focus here has been on getting a pattern to our play and minutes in the legs of the players in order to get everyone up to speed as quickly as we can. We’ve still only just started – we have another three weeks yet.

“Next week back at PPG Canalside will be another key seven days for us as we get more work into the players’ legs. They’ve been very, very good this week, but we’ll step up the workload now.”

On Markus Holgersson, Mark added, “This was a good opportunity to look at Markus and he’s done nothing wrong. He’s a not a youngster – he’s 29 – and we have to make a decision on whether he can perform in the Championship on a consistent basis.”
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Highlights for the Under 17 National Team

Zenawi Bowen
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Recently the Bermuda Football Association announced the players and officials comprising the Bermuda Men’s U17 team who will compete in the Caribbean Football Union Under 17 World Cup Qualifiers in Bahamas.

www.islandstats.com took the time to meet the players, and we give you our viewers the chance to meet some positive young Men.

Bermuda has a player in the team traveling who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last year. This prevented him from being selected for the U15 CONCACAF tournament as it was felt that he needed time to make the adjustment and learn to manage.

He has now been selected to travel with the U17’s to Bahamas and Mexico. Traveling in support is Sara McKittrick from the Bermuda Diabetes Association to aid the athlete and coaches with adjustment to competition schedules and management of his diabetes. McKittrick will be on the tour for the Bahamas leg, then allowing the athlete to demonstrate independence for Mexico with support of the coaches and physio.

McKittrick said, “People that type 1 diabetes does not have to be a handicap. This young man has been phenomenal in managing his condition and adjusting to the refocus training required as an elite athlete. His name is Zenawi Bowen.”

Meanwhile Osaggi Bascome has recently been on Trial with Lavente in Spain and will be signing to play for the Spanish Academy this upcoming year. Bascome had an outstanding tournament last year at the CONCACAF U15’s.

Judah Chapman continues to show improvement and development and has been rewarded with a new contract from the Wimbledon Academy in the UK, Jahkari Furbert has been in residency in Spain through the affiliated program of BAA.

Aaron Spencer is a member of the U17 national team. Spencer is a devout member of the Seven Day Adventist Church. He trains on a regular basis with Valencia FC but is restricted with participation in the Saturday Youth Leagues.

He is an outstanding player and travelled along with the NA select to the open cup in Alabama. While on tour he maintains his observation of the Sabbath in accordance with his beliefs.

 
 
Friday, July 18, 2014
National Training Centre Invitational Update
Bermuda 0 Chile 2

The Under-20 Chile National Team defeated Bermuda 2-0 in the first match of the final day of games at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center Invitational at StubHub Center. With the victory, Chile earned third place in the three-game tournament.

Bermuda Team: Detre Bell, Mauriq Hill (Lejaun Simmons, 64), Neildante Smith, William White, Terrance Webb, Willie Clemens (Dakai Grant, 88), Alanzo Parson (Zeiko Lewis, 31), Zaire Burchall (Jibri Lawrence Salaam, 64), Jaz Ratteray Smith, Rai Simons, Oliver Harvey (Chae Brangman, 84) Subs Not Used: Jahquil Hill, Zeiko Lewis, Jaylon Bather, Jair Minors

After dominating possession and outshooting Bermuda for a majority of the game, Chile finally broke the scoreless tie in the 72nd minute on a streaking counterattack following a giveaway by Bermuda. Camilo Rodriguez found Ignacio Jeraldino in the middle of the field, and he carried the ball into the box before finding a trailing Rodriguez by himself near the penalty area. Rodriguez shot to his right, and the ball bounced in after Bermuda goalkeeper Detre Bell got a hand on it.

Chile tacked on some insurance, as Jeraldino scored a goal of his own in the 86th minute to push the advantage to a 2-0. Juan Fuentes dribbled from midfield to the edge of the box before a deflection led to a loose ball that fell to Jeraldino in the middle of the box. He finished with ease to give Chile some breathing room.

Chile finished with 28 shots to Bermuda’s eight. Six of Chile’s shots were on goal compared to just one for Bermuda.

From the onset, Chile pressured the Bermuda defense early and often, keeping the ball on Bermuda’s half and dominating possession. Chilean forward Camilo Vargas got an open look from just inside the box on the left side, forcing a diving stop from Bermuda keeper Detre Bell. Chile got another dangerous chance in the 15th minute when Brayan Cortes’ cross found Ivan Pardo right in front of the goal, but Bell got a hand on his point-blank chance to deflect it out of bounds.

Bermuda had a few dangerous moments in the first half, typically looking for a streaking forward over the top. Chile stifled those chances and Bermuda failed to get a shot off until the 40th minute when forward Rai Simons took a pass from Jaz Ratteray Smith in the middle of the box, dribbled to his left and took a shot that forced Chile goalkeeper Miquel Vargas into a lunging save.

In the 31st minute, it was initially ruled that Matias Bizama of Chile was fouled inside the box and a penalty kick was awarded. However, the linesman and referee conversed and the call was overruled, resulting in a kick for Bermuda.

Chile almost got on the score sheet just before halftime, as Cristian Cuevas’ leaping header from the middle of the box hit the crossbar before bouncing over the goal. In the first minute of stoppage time, Chile had another dangerous shot when Pardo received a cross on the right side of the goal and his line-drive header was deflected out of bounds by Bell, ending the first half in a scoreless tie.

Chile came out swinging to start the second half, pressuring the Bermuda defense and forcing a leaping save from Bell to keep the game scoreless in the 47th minute. In the 56th minute, Chile’s Jeraldino headed a corner kick on frame but right at Bell. Ganzolo Reyes got loose down the left side in the 65th minute and forced a save from Bell, followed just 30 seconds later by a shot from Bryan Carvallo that Bell handled.

Bermuda had a good look in the 68th minute when forward Willie Clemens found defender William White near the top of the box. White attempted a one-timer, but his shot sailed over the goal.

The win was Chile’s first of the invitational, finishing 1-2-0 in three games. Chile held a lead in each of its two losses, eventually losing to the U.S. 2-1 and to Australia 5-4. Bermuda lost all three of its matches.
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