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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.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Shield & Friendship Semi-Final Draw LIVE @ 11am

The Bermuda Football Association held the 2014/15 Shield and Friendship Semi-Final draws inside the Bermuda Football Association Boardroom. Click Read More to watch the Draw

The teams that featured in the Shield Draw were Devonshire Colts, Young Men Social Club, BAA and the defending champions Somerset Eagles. The Friendship Semi-Final teams included the PHC Zebras, Robin Hood, Dandy Town Hornets and the defending champions Somerset Trojans.

Premier Development League Tournament Semi-Final

Winner of Quarter-Final 1 vs. Winner of Quarter-Final 2
Winner of Quarter-Final 4 vs. Winner of Quarter-Final 3

Shield Semi-Final December 26th

Somerset Eagles vs. Young Men Social Club @ Wellington Oval

Friendship Trophy Semi-Final December 26th

Somerset Trojans vs. Robin Hood

Shield Semi-Final December 27th

Devonshire Colts vs. BAA @ Bernard Park

Friendship Trophy Semi-Final December 27th

Dandy Town Hornets vs. PHC Zebras @ Bernard Park

Live streaming video by Ustream
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Lambe and Mansfield Bow out of FA Cup

Cambridge booked an FA Cup Third-Round tie with Luton after a deflected Sullay Kaikai shot after only 10 minutes saw them pull off a 1-0 second-round replay win against Reggie Lambe and his Mansfield Field Town teammates at the One Call Stadium.

But the home side were furious when Luke Waterfall's 89th-minute overhead effort was ruled out for offside when they thought they had finally pierced Cambridge's resilient defense.

Mansfield might have gone ahead with just 35 seconds on the watch but Vadaine Oliver sent a five-yard header straight at Chris Dunn from Rakish Bingham's left-wing cross.

Instead, Mansfield were rocked by Cambridge's 10th-minute goal as Kaikai's low shot from the edge of the box took a wicked deflection off Waterfall to leave keeper Sasha Studer helpless.

Oliver headed another good chance wide after 12 minutes after Ollie Palmer had nodded the ball to him at the far post.

An end-to-end half also saw Matty Blair force Studer to save with his legs after Simon Heslop was caught in possession after 38 minutes while in stoppage time Chris Clements had a powerful shot from 20 yards deflect narrowly wide.

Substitute Ryan Bird saw Studer beat away a vicious 20-yard blast on the hour on a swift Cambridge break.

Seven minutes later Lambe poked a finish inches wide for the home side.

Near the end Mansfield poured forward and Bingham had a shot deflect just wider while Matt Rhead headed over.

Just one minute from time, Waterfall thought he had forced extra-time with an overhead kick after a scramble but the linesman's flag cut short his celebrations.
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