Nathan Trott and his West Ham United Under 23 teammates were back in action looking to get their second win of the Premier League 2 season in as many games with Manchester City the visitors to the Chigwell Construction Stadium, but they fell 6 - 4.
In the 5th minute Trott made a terrific save, the stopper flung himself away to his left after Rabbi Matondo burst away down the right before making his way to the edge of the box and testing the keeper.
But five minutes later Manchester City scored, Goal. Nail Touaizi-Zoubdi scored the goal, the striker was slipped through on goal to face Trott and coolly chipped into the net at the end of a really well-worked City move.
In the 18th minute it was a second goal for Manchester City. Benjamin Garre was the scorer this time, calmly finishing with his left foot having been thread through on goal perfectly by Iker Pozo.
In the 35th minute it got worse for West Ham – City scored a third. It's Touaizi-Zoubdi with a second, and a second chip as well. Reece Oxford played the ball to Akinola in the left back position, but the No3 gave it away and City broke fast, with the forward chipping Trott who slipped from outside the box.
A minute later to further complete the misery, there's a second booking for Tunji Akinola who receives his marching orders.
In first half stoppage time Xande Silva scored his fourth goal of the week! And what a lung-busting run it is from Josh Pask who set it up with sheer determination. A Manchester City corner kick was headed to the edge of the box and picked up by Pask, who ran the length of the pitch before sliding in Xande Silva alongside him, who did the rest from inside the box with a lovely finish.
Now in the 71st minute and just a minute after missing with his head, Josh Cullen this time powers his header into the back of the net and the ten-men Hammers are within a goal of the visitors.
But three minutes later it was some short lived joy for West Ham. City have a fourth. A mix-up at the back between Ben Johnson and sub Mason Barrett lets Rabbi Matondo in and the winger rounded Trott to score City's first second half goal.
In the 88th minute Manchester City Sub Poveda found some space on the right before cutting in and unleashing a left-footed effort on goal, however it was pushed away easily by Trott, though.
In the 4th minute of stoppage time there's an eighth goal of the game and it's City's, Benjamin Garre rounded Trott and scores, but hold on one minute later in this bizarre finale, sub Oladapo Afolayan scored his first competitive West Ham goal making the score 5 – 4.
But in the 6th minute of stoppage time Manchester City would score again and it was Touaizi-Zoubdi completing his hat-trick.
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Bermuda Under 14 Boy's Win CFU Challenge Opener
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The Bermuda Boys’ Under 14 National Team pulled off an historic win over Cuba in their opening game of the 2018 Caribbean Football Union Boys' U14 Challenge Series.
Bermuda’s Starting Line Up: Milai Perott, Zakao Hart, Naji Bean, Mason Robinson, Eijaz Shakir (c), Deniche Hill, Camaje Easton-Smith, Keyni Mills, La Zai Outerbridge, Sincere Hall, Ahtaio Burgess Reserves: Toran Place, Stefan Jones, Sekai Tatem, Aquiyei Richardson, Riley Robinson, Harry Twite, Ben Osset
Ahtaio Burgess almost gave Bermuda the lead when he chased down the goalkeeper as he attempted to clear the ball. Burgess blocked the kick and rounded the Keeper but could only find the side of the net from a tight angle. Bermuda found themselves down 1-0 in the 18th minute, through a defensive miscommunication which allowed a Cuban striker too much space in the box and he beat goalkeeper Milai Perott to give Cuba a 1-0 lead.
Perott made a number of fine saves to keep Bermuda in the game as Cuba pressed to find a second goal. Deniche Hill and Sincere Hall made a few penetrating runs which caused great concern for the Cuban defense as they went to the break down 1 - 0.
The Bermuda coaches made a few strategic second half changes which allowed Bermuda to slowly gain the upper hand, their penetration finally paid off in the first minute of injury time when substitute Sekai Tatem drove a cross into the box which was met by La Zai Outerbridge who’s glancing header beat the Cuban goalkeeper at the back post.
Bermuda wasn’t done and found the winner though Hill with the last touch of the match. Second half substitute Stefan Jones was the provider as he placed a timely cross for Hill's calmly slammed the ball past the outstretched hands of the Cuban goalkeeper to secure the win for Bermuda.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Samuels-Williams Ready for Thomas University Season
Head Coach Julie Orlowski is optimistic about the season as the Thomas University Women's Soccer team is 10 days into training and just two days away from its first of three scrimmage matches held at the TU Soccer Complex.
The Thomas University Women's Soccer team has newcomers from five countries and four states, including Bermuda, England, Germany, Sweden and the states of Florida, Georgia, Iowa and New Jersey.
Jahzyiah Samuels-Williams has joined the team from the Liverpool Foundation College.
Thomas' 15-game schedule includes eight home matches, five outings against opponents ranked in the 2017 NAIA Postseason Top 25 Poll and four matches against teams that played in the 2017 NAIA National Championship.
Thomas begins the season with a trio of home scrimmages, hosting Valdosta State (Aug. 12th), Albany State (Aug. 17th) and Polk State (Aug. 25th) at the TU Soccer Complex. The Night Hawks open the regular season on the road, facing postseason No. 19 Georgia Gwinnett on Aug. 31st in Lawrenceville, Ga., then traveling to Cochran, Ga., to play Middle Georgia State on Sept. 2nd.
Monday, August 13, 2018
Bermuda Under 14 Boy's Team Announced
The Bermuda Football Association announced the Boys’ Under 14 National Team that will represent Bermuda in the 2018 Caribbean Football Union Boys' U14 Challenge Series. The CFU U14 Challenge series takes place through the month of August in host countries St. Kitts and Nevis, the Dominican Republic, Curaçao, Haiti, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
Captain Eijaz Shakir will lead his team in a series of friendly matches against, Cuba, the US Virgin Islands and hosts Cayman Islands at the Ed Bush Sports Complex in West Bay, Grand Cayman
On Saturday August 18th, Cuba and Bermuda open play at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Cayman Islands versus the USVI at 7:45 p.m.
On Monday August 20th, USVI and Cuba kick-off the day’s play at 6:00 p.m., with Cayman Islands and Bermuda scheduled to follow at 7:45 p.m.
The teams return to the pitch on Wednesday August 22nd with Bermuda up against the USVI at 6:00 p.m. and Cayman Islands ending the Challenge Series against Cuba at 7:45 p.m.
Bermuda Boys’ Under 14 National Team
Toran Place Aquiyei Richardson Zakao Hart Riley Robinson Naji Bean Milai Perott Mason Outerbridge Harry Twite Eijaz Shakir Kenyi Mills Stefan Jones Lazae Burrows Deniche Hill Benjamin Osset Camaje Easton Sincere Hall Sekai Tatem Ahtaio Burgess
Cecoy Robinson - Head Coach Aaron Lugo – Assistant Coach Baden Cashmore - Apex Physio Don Vickers - Technical Development Director Manny Faria – Head of Delegation
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Bermuda - Grenada U15 CONCACAF Final
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Bermuda’s Women’s Under 15 National team will feature in the CONCACAF Under 15 Girls Championship Division Two Final following their 1 – 0 win over St. Lucia in their Semi-Final match at IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida.
On the stroke of half time a ball forward from Emily Cabral found Adia Gibbons who right footed shot from the edge of the box went in under the Grenada goalkeeper, with Bermuda taking that lead to the break.
Grenada would equalize in the 48th minute when a corner found Nya Hood player who redirected the ball into the net, but nine minutes later Cabral gave a give and go with Gibbons and fired a right footed shot that gave the Grenada goalkeeper no chance.