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Wednesday, February 01, 2023
Tucker Helps Burnley Under 21 Defeat Arsenal

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Ne-Jai Tucker and his Burnley Under 21 teammates earned three points away against Arsenal with a 3 - 2 win in the last of their six Premier League Cup group stage games, exiting the competition on a high.

Goals from forwards Joe Westley and Marcel Lewis sent Burnley in level at the break, with full-back Brad Grant netting the winner early on in the second half.

With the score level at 2 – 2 in the second half, Tucker had a shot saved by Arsenal’s goalkeeper James Hillson before Grant netted what turned out to be the winner in the 51st minute. A corner was whipped in, and when a header came off the crossbar, the full-back was there at the back post to turn in.
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Countdown to CONCACAF U17 Men's Championships

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The 2023 CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 Championship kicks off next month in Guatemala with 20 teams hoping to secure one of four berths to the 2023 FIFA Under-17 Men’s World Cup in Peru.

Here is everything you need to know about next month’s Championship.

Participating teams - Mexico, United States, Costa Rica, Honduras, Canada, Panama, Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Curacao, Suriname, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic.

Note: Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic will begin the tournament in the Round of 16, having advanced directly from 2022 CMU17 Qualifying.

Venues: Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores in Guatemala City; Estadio Pensativo in Antigua

Matches

Group Stage (Round-Robin Format): February 11th – 16th

Round of 16: February 18th – 19th

Quarter-Finals: February 21st – 22nd

Semi-Finals: February 24th

Final: February 26th
Friday, January 27, 2023
Tucker & Burnley Fall to Crewe Alexandra

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Ne-Jai Tucker and his Burnley’s Under 21 teammates were beaten 4-3 by Crewe Alexandra in an action-packed affair in the Professional Development League at the Burnley Training Centre.

Burnley raced into a two-goal lead as Kade Ratchford and Marcel Lewis both found the back of the net, though visitors Crewe hit back with two quickfire goals of their own through Connor Evans to send the sides in level at the break.

And after going back ahead shortly after the restart through Seb Thompson, goalkeeper Denis Franchi was sent off, with Crewe completing a comeback to take all three points late on.
Thursday, January 26, 2023
BSSF School Knock-Out Finals Round-Up

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Middle School Over 13 Final

Saltus 4 Warwick Academy 2


Saltus Grammar School defeated Warwick Academy 4-2 in the Middle School Over 13 Final.

Warwick took the lead in the 15th minute after through Sakari Lewis. The powerful forward used his quick pace to beat the Saltus defense and drive his effort over the reach of the Saltus goalkeeper. Saltus would pull level in the 23 minute when Curtis Jackson Jr scored from a 40 yard free kick. Saltus would take the lead in the 29th from a Christian Piney penalty. Piney dispossessed a Warwick defender before slotting past the advancing Warwick goalkeeper two minutes later to make it 2-1.

Declan Reardon put the match out of reach two minutes into the second half. Lewis would add a second goal for Warwick midway through the second half. Lewis and Piney were both named MVP for their respective teams.

Senior School Girls

Berkeley Institute 3 Warwick Academy 0


The Berkeley Institute won the Senior School Girls Final 3 – 0 over Warwick Academy.

Jahni Simmons opened the scoring having the simple task of tapping in a well-placed cross from Keidel Astwood. Simmons turned provider in the 43rd-minute crossing for Astwood to slot the ball past the Warwick goalkeeper.

Simmons rounded out the scoring with a blast from the top of the box. Ashley DeSilva was named MVP for Warwick Academy with Jayla Peets Butterfield earning MVP honors for Berkeley Institute.

Senior Boys Over 16 Final

Saltus Grammar School 2 (4) Berkeley Institute 2 (1)


A penalty shootout was needed to separate the two Pembroke schools as Saltus defeated Berkeley Institute 4 – 2 on kicks from the Penalty Mark after the teams ended 2 – 2 in regulation.

Tre Burgess gave Saltus the lead in the 20th minute after receiving a pinpoint pass from Martin Grant. Berkley equalized in the 32nd minute when a long free kick from Daion Swan Desilva eluded everyone in the box including the Saltus goalkeeper.

Burgess gave Saltus the lead for the second time converting a penalty in the 52nd minute after a Berkeley defender handled the ball. Berkeley equalized in the 70th minute with a penalty of their own. Rajae Whitter was brought down in the box as he advanced on goal. Whitter scored the penalty himself setting up an exciting final twenty minutes.

Neither team could find the back of the net sending the game into a penalty shootout. Saltus MVP Brendan Sangster saved Berkeley's second and third penalty while his teammates converted their first four securing the victory for Saltus. Jonah Faria, Ayden Morris, Ben Autmezguine, and Burgess all converted for Saltus while Kristian Cherrington scored the lone spot kick for Berkeley. The evening was capped off with a great show of sportsmanship as Berkeley captain Zakao Hart asked to present the winning trophy to Saltus captain Burgess.
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Vasco Youth Team Prepare for Azores XV International 2023

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The Vasco Youth Programme has been invited to send an under-11 select team to take part in the 15th edition of the International U11 Football Tournament of the Azores

The Club’s participation follows an invitation that was extended in November 2022 by officials of Clube União Micaelense, the Azorean Club hosting the Tournament. Featuring 7-a-side football, the tournament comprises 24 teams. After the group stage, there will be elimination stages to determine the winner.

Sponsored in part by the Government of the Azores and by the Ponta Delgada City Hall, the objective of the tournament is to connect Azorean communities from around the world through sport. So far, there are confirmed teams coming from throughout the Azores, the Portuguese mainland, the USA, Canada, Cape Verde, Uruguay, and Kazakhstan. This will be the second time that Bermuda marks its presence in the tournament.

The Select team traveling to the Azores comprises Lucas Amaral, Cameron Camara, Oliver Conway, Julian Hands, Jasper Herrick, Roman Gaglio, Seth Neill, Eben Oosthuizen, Ryan Renaud, Nikolai Shaw, and Austin Viera.

Germano Botelho, Director of the Vasco Youth Program, will lead a coaching staff consisting of Calvin White, Enio Vieira and Reed Gaglio. They will coach the young athletes and chaperone them throughout the trip. Dr Sylvanus Nawab will serve as team medic. Richard Ambrosio, President of Vasco da Gama, will formally represent the Club.

According to Botelho, “We have put together an enthusiastic team to represent Vasco and Bermuda’s youth football talents. This is a great opportunity for our players to hone their football skills in a competitive environment overseas. They are also getting very excited to visit the Azores, which will be the first time for many of them.

We have gone from strength to strength as a program. We leveraged our participation in the 2019 edition of the Tournament to actually create the program we have today.

“We could not run the program or put together this trip without the enthusiastic support of our sponsors and donors. On behalf of the young players, I want to thank them.”

Club President, Ambrosio added, “This is the second time that Vasco will have a presence at the tournament and the first time with the Vasco Youth Program. The previous tournament participants performed well and represented their Club and Country with verve and dedication.

“Vasco is very pleased for the team to be going to the Azores. This is a prestigious tournament that has been put together by a prestigious Club.

“On behalf of the Vasco Board, I thank Clube União Micaelense for the invite. I also thank our dedicated coaching and support staff who are traveling with the young players to the Azores. I wish them the best of luck as they take part in the tournament.”

The Vasco Delegation will be attending the tournament on a specially organized charter flight in conjunction with Trip Ltd. The flight will depart Bermuda on Monday, 3 April 2023 and return on Monday, 10 April 2023. There are limited spaces on the flight for members of the public. Anyone wishing to visit the Azores for Easter can contact Luisa Da Ponte at Trip Ltd on 292-8747 or by e-mail: luisa@trip.bm.

To assist the team with its fundraising efforts, the Club will hold a fundraising dinner on Saturday, 4 March 2023 at 7pm. Tickets will be $45 for adults and $30 for children, 12 and under. Tickets can be bought from the Club via email: info@vascobermuda.org. More fundraising initiatives are being planned, and details will be shared with the public soon.

Outside of the football pitch, the Team will get to explore the Azorean capital Ponta Delgada, visit the picturesque Lagoa das Sete Cidades and take in the sights of the still volcanically active village of Furnas.
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