After a scoreless first half, Tristan Smith scored the lone goal of the game for visiting Somerset Eagles as they defeated Wolves 1 – 0.
Boulevard Blazers 3 Young Men Social Club 0
At the Police Field, Ian Coke gave the Boulevard Blazers the lead in the 40th minute, TiaVince Douglas doubled the lead with a goal in the 70th minute and when Makai Young scored from the penalty spot after he was brought down in the 88th minute it earned the Boulevard Blazers a 3 – 0 win over the Young Men Social Club.
Paget Lions 1 Devonshire Colts 11
At the Southampton Oval, the Devonshire Colts got 3 goals from Lozendro Symonds, 2 from Teniko Eve and single strikes from Kyle Jones, Quinton Jones, Sean Perinchief, Dominic Lambe, Carlos Trott and Justin Maybury in their 11-1 win over the Paget Lions. Dwayne Brangman scored the lone goal for the home team.
X-Road’s 6 Ireland Rangers 0
At the Garrison Field, Tristan Daniels and Mikael Ming scored 2 goals each as X-Road’s defeated Ireland Rangers 6 – 0. Tymon Daniels and Coshaun Evans added a goal each.
St. David’s 0 BAA 5
At Lord’s in St. David’s, visiting BAA defeated St. David’s 5 – 0, BAA goal single goals from Morricko Iris, Troy Tucker, Jair Minors, LaQuan Thomas and Ramsay Saggar.
North Village Rams 2 Robin Hood 2
At the Bernard Park, Jaylon Bather gave visiting Robin Hood the lead in the 31st minute, but player/coach Ralph Bean Jr. equalized for the North Village Rams in the 46th minute. Keishen Bean put the North Village Rams ahead midway through the second half, but Liam Evans would equalize for Robin Hood as the two teams played to a 2 – 2 draw.
Hamilton Parish 1 Dandy Town Hornets 2
At the Wellington Oval, Clay Darrell gave the visiting Dandy Town Hornets the lead in the first half, Temiko Wilson doubled the Dandy Town Hornets lead with a second half strike, Mauriq Hill would pull a goal back for Hamilton Parish but they could not find the equalizer as the visitors came away with the 2 – 1 win.
PHC Zebras 2 St. George’s Colts 1
At the Southampton Oval, Cecoy Robinson gave the PHC Zebras the lead in the 31st minute, Robinson doubled the lead scoring from the penalty spot in the 59th minute. Jarreau Hayward pulled a goal back for the St. George’s Colts in the 72nd minute, but time ran out as the PHC Zebras came away with a 2 – 1 win.
Devonshire Cougars 1 Somerset Trojans 2
At the Devonshire Recreation Club, Derrick Brangman gave the Devonshire Cougars the lead, but the Somerset Trojans goalkeeper Shaquille Bean ran the length of the field to equalize for the visitors when he converted from the penalty spot. The Somerset Trojans Jaz Rattery-Smith scored to give the Somerset Trojans the lead and eventually the win, but the goal was not without controversy. The Devonshire Cougars was in possession of the ball and with one of their players down injured they played the ball into touch, when the game restarted the Somerset Trojans kicked the ball back to the Devonshire Cougars, however before any Devonshire Cougars player could touch the ball Rattery-Smith nipped in and scored.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Premier Division Round Up
FLANAGAN’S Onions 1 Southampton Rangers 1
At the BAA Field, the Flanagan’s Onions and Southampton Rangers began the final week of Premier Division play for the first half of the 2014/15 Season.
The match got underway with both teams playing at a fast pace, Southampton Rangers created the first chance of the evening with Willie Clemons sending Donte Brangman free down the right side, but his cross was missed in front of goal.
Peter Robey gave the Flanagan’s Onions the lead in the 5th minute with a low right footed shot the beat the Southampton Rangers goalkeeper Corey Richardson to his right.
Southampton Rangers went in search of the equalizer, with a cross turned shot coming back off the crossbar only minutes after going behind, the Southampton Rangers did get the equalizer in the 35th minute when Keedai Astwood scored.
Both teams created several chances but for the remainder of the game neither team would find the net as they played to a 1 – 1 draw.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Lambe Wins & Wells Goes Down
Vadaine Oliver's second-half strike helped 10-man Mansfield to a hard-fought 1-0 win at AFC Wimbledon.
Lambe was an unused substitute in the match.
Robert Taylor saw red for the visitors before the interval but Crewe Alexandra loanee Oliver raced onto a long ball early in the second half to score and Mansfield held on late on.
An early injury to Adebayo Akinfenwa sustained in the fifth minute typified what would be a scrappy, slow and ill-tempered first half.
The first chance of the game fell to Mansfield in the 14th minute when Matt Rhead hit the post following a quickly-taken free-kick as Wimbledon's defense was half-asleep.
However, midway through the first half, the visitors were reduced to 10 men as Taylor lunged at Sammy Moore with a dangerous two-footed tackle.
But it was Mansfield who broke the parity two minutes after the interval, with Oliver racing on to a hopeful direct ball out of the defense before rolling the ball past the Wimbledon goalkeeper James Shea.
The home side found their rhythm after conceding and attacked with greatly fluidity and Dannie Bulman had three great chances but was denied by Dimitar Evtimov or the post as Mansfield clung on.
Midfielder David Cotterill lit up an otherwise dour SkyBet Championship encounter with a stunning free-kick to earn Birmingham a 1-0 win against Nahki Wells and his Huddersfield Town teammates.
The swerve on Cotterill's 70th-minute effort appeared to deceive Huddersfield keeper Alex Smithies.
Blues striker Clayton Donaldson was fouled on the right edge of the box by Anthony Gerrard and Cotterill stepped up for the set-piece.
Smithies seemed to have the shot covered but as he put his hands up to catch the ball it moved in mid-air.
And as the bamboozled keeper picked the ball out of the net, Cotterill ran half the length of the field to celebrate in front of Birmingham bench.
Wells who came on in the 77th minute and his Huddersfield teammates had not lost at home in seven matches before today.
Friday, December 19, 2014
FIFA to Release Corruption Report
FIFA Executives have unanimously agreed to publish a "legally appropriate version" of a report into allegations of World Cup bidding corruption.
However, World Football's Governing Body insisted Russia and Qatar will stay as hosts of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments respectively.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he asked the Executive Committee to vote in favour of publishing the report.
"We have always been determined the truth should be known," he said.
"That is, after all, why we set up an independent ethics committee with an investigatory chamber that has all necessary means to undertake investigations on its own initiative."
Only a disputed summary of Michael Garcia's 430-page report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has been published.
Releasing the full report, which is likely to be heavily redacted to preserve witness confidentiality, is a change in FIFA policy.
However, it will only be published once ongoing investigations into five individuals are completed.
Those five are: • Spaniard Angel Maria Villar, a FIFA Vice-President; • Belgian Michel D'Hooghe; • Thailand's Worawi Makudi; • Former Executive Committee member Franz Beckenbauer; • And former Chile Football Leader Harold Mayne-Nicholls. • "We need to ensure that we respect the rules of our organisation and that we do not breach confidentiality in a way that will prevent people from speaking out in the future," added Blatter.
The 78-year-old Swiss insisted later that there was no reason for Russia and Qatar to lose their rights to stage future World Cups.
"At the current time, there is no reason to go back on our decisions," he told a news conference following a two-day meeting of FIFA's Executive Committee in Morocco.
"The two World Cups are in the calendar, the only thing missing is the precise dates for 2022, but these two World Cups will take place."
Addressing Qatar specifically, he added that only an "earthquake" could change FIFA's decision to hold the 2022 tournament in the Gulf state.
"It would really need an earthquake, extremely important new elements, to go back on this World Cup in Qatar," he said.
Garcia was appointed FIFA's independent ethics investigator in 2012 and spent two years investigating all nine bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups following claims of corruption and collusion.
The American lawyer travelled the world speaking to bid officials and appealing for evidence of wrongdoing.
He eventually submitted a report to FIFA in September 2014.
FIFA subsequently released a 42-page summary that cleared Russia and Qatar of corruption.
However, an unhappy Garcia claimed it was "incomplete and erroneous".
Earlier this week, he resigned, citing "lack of leadership" at FIFA, this after the appeals committee led by Bermuda Football Association President Larry Mussenden turned down his appeal.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Bermuda Ranked 172nd in FIFA Rankings
The Bermuda National Squad has not played a competitive match since the 6 – 0 defeat to the England C Team that did nothing for the FIFA World Rankings, but with a World Cup campaign in 2015 things could change.
Bermuda will begin the year was ranked 172nd in the FIFA Rankings, following the latest release.
Bermuda moved down two spots, they are also ranked 28th in the CONCACAF Region.
Bermuda will learn in the first quarter of 2015 who they will face in the World Cup Qualifiers, with the hope of winning a few games and moving up the FIFA Ranking List.