The West won four of the six matches in the 2018 Bermuda School Sports Federation All Star Football matches at the National Sports Center.
The West won the opener 3-1 in the Primary School Girls match. Izzy Simons from Warwick Academy scored three times, with Ella Younie from Bermuda High School added the other, while Hannah Taylor from Somersfield Academy scored for the East. Simons was named MVP for the West while Imogen Judd from Somersfield Academy was MVP for the East.
The East won the Primary School Boys Match 5-4 in a penalty shootout after the match ended in a 1-1 draw. The West took an early lead through Warwick Academy’s Nayan Grant after he was the first to react to a rebound. The East would equalize in the second half when the keeper couldn’t handle a fierce drive from Prospect Primary’s Sa-Qui Robinson. Elliot Primary striker Khari Sharrieff was fasted to the ball and slotted home the equalizer from close range. East goalkeeper Skyler Young from Harrington Sound Primary was named MVP along with Saltus Grammar Schools James Morrison.
Ellie Richmond from Warwick Academy would score a hat trick to lead the West to a 3-2 victory in the Middle School Girls match. The East would get goals from Whitney Institute’s Jahni Simmons and T’aja Williams from Bermuda High School. Richmond was named West MVP while Kenshae’ Richardson from Whitney collected MVP honors for the East.
The West would also win 3-2 in the Middle School Boys match, Somersfield Academy’s Hunter Outerbridge would give the East the lead with a stunning long range effort in the first minute. That lead would be short lived as Sekai Tatem from T.N. Tatem would level the score two minutes later with a fine finish. Owen Botelho from Mount Saint Agnes would restore the East lead with a goal from the edge of the box. Kydne Mallory would settle things late in the game with two exquisite goals. The Sandy’s Secondary Middle School student scored his first by chipping the advancing keeper and watched his effort roll into the back of the net. Minutes later he settled the match with the goal of the day. Again the keeper advanced to thwart the forward but Mallory was first to the ball and slipped the ball past the keeper with a deft touch. Mallory was named MVP for the West while Zhani Burgess from the Whitney institute was named the East MVP.
Penalties were needed to determine the Senior School Girls winners and the East held their nerve to score all five of their spot kicks with the West missing only one. The match ended 2-2. Jade Stewart from CedarBridge Academy scored in the 3rd minute after the ball was handled in the penalty area by a west defender. Adia Gibbons from the Berkeley Institute would equalize for the West after beating the east keeper in a one on one situation. Gibbons would score again after following up on a shot by Teyah Lindo which the goalkeeper could not handle. Ryley Simmons would equalize for the East with a 35 yard effort which sailed past the outstretched arms of the West Goalkeeper. CedarBridge Academy’s Lindo was named MVP along with Saltus Grammar Schools Danni Watson.
D’Andre Wainwright from the Berkeley Institute would score twice to lead the West to 2-1 victor over the East in the Senior School Boys game. Wainwright would score in the fourth minute after getting a head on the end of a Keishon Bean free kick. The East would find a second half equalizer after Jeze Butterfield from the Berkeley Institute scored a wonderful individual goal after beating three defenders before sliding the ball past the West keeper. Wainwright would be on hand again to seal the victory for the West with minutes left on the clock. The East MVP was Jalun Hassell from CedarBridge Academy while the West MVP title went to Berkeley’s Jinairo Johnson.
Friday, January 12, 2018
Trott & West Ham Draw With Leicester City
Nathan Trott started in goal as West Ham United Under 23’s took on Leicester City Under 23’s at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.
The game ended with West Ham United and Leicester sharing the points with a 0 – 0 draw.
The first real chance of the game is for Leicester. A looping ball splits the West Ham defense and Harvey Barnes has a chance on goal, his initial shot is spilled by Trott but the goalkeeper then collects.
In the 28th minute Leicester's had a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area, which was taken by Harvey Barnes with a great effort, one that prompted a terrific save from Trott as it looked destined for the bottom corner.
In the 59th minute Leicester should have done more a defender moves the ball well, and plays a low pass into George Thomas, however the No11 could not connect though and Trott is there to collect.
66 minutes down and Ahmed Musa was close for Leicester! A high ball is well brought down by the striker, and although two defenders were there crowding him out, the No7 still got his shot away, Trott can only watch, but thankfully it goes wide of the far post again.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Trott & West Ham To Face Leicester City
Nathan Trott and his West Ham United Under 23 teammates began 2018 in emphatic fashion earlier this week against Manchester United, when they were 3-0 winners at Leigh Sports Village.
The victory completed a league double over Manchester United, and the three goals scored added to four Terry Westley's team had bagged against Ricky Sbragia's men earlier in the campaign at London Stadium.
But having enjoyed a lengthy period of time off at Christmas, how will Trott and his teammates cope with their second game of the week, on Friday against Leicester City?
They return to their 2017/18 home - Dagenham and Redbridge's Chigwell Construction Stadium - for the battle against Leicester City on Friday January 12th. They haven't played there since the end of October, when they defeated Manchester City 2-1 thanks to a late Toni Martinez goal.
The side's last home match was postponed, while beforehand, West Ham United had played at both Billericay's AGP Arena and London Stadium in the two fixtures previously. The game kicks-off at 7pm.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Crockwell Watches Port Vale Win
Dequan Crockwell was an unused substitute as Port Vale’s Reserve team continued their 100% winning league run at Bradford City’s Apperley Bridge training ground with two goals in the final 12 minutes after what had been a relatively thrill free encounter.
Vale’s team had a makeshift defense with only Kelly being a defender by trade and even he played out of position but was well stocked with strikers and attacking midfielders.
It was Forrester who first to threaten at either end as he turned quickly and drove just wide of the post after 13 minutes. Lainton was then down well to hold a long range effort at the other end.
Calveley, adapting well to playing as a centre-back, did well to cut out a dangerous cross and Benns out wide on the left put in a cross towards an incoming Turner but the ‘keeper plucked it from the air before it reached him.
Middleton shot over from distance before Forrester swept the ball goalwards only to see the ‘keeper push it away at full stretch at the near post.
Lainton who was marshalling his defence well was out quickly to save at an attacker’s feet and just before the break Forrester saw a close range effort deflected over at the expense of a corner.
For the start of the second half Vale took Turner off who was replaced by Chris Regis.
The home team had a chance as an uncontested header lacked the power to trouble Lainton and then an even clearer chance went begging with a shot going wide.
Bradford made two substitutions and within a couple of minutes Grodowski drove past the far post when well positioned.
Benns, now on the right wing played a one-two with Forrester but his powerful shot nestled in the ‘keepers midriff.
With 13 minutes left and the game looking likely to end goalless Forrester cut in from the right and was eventually brought down in the penalty area, however the referee then awarded an earlier foul two yards outside the area.
After finally sorting it all out, Port Vale's trialist delivered a vicious, dipping free-kick into the 6 yard box where all the ‘keeper could do was punch the ball into Forrester’s path, who slotted into the back of the net.
Within two minutes Vale had doubled their lead as the trialist found himself free on the left hand side of the box and as the ‘keeper came out to dive at his feet he lifted it over him and just inside the near post.
Vale almost added a third as Kelly knocked down a corner and Dior touched it goalwards but it hit the post and was scrambled away.
The final few minutes saw Bradford trying to get back into the game and Lainton came out well to dive at an attackers feet to tip the ball off his toe and then saved well from Milambo to complete a good all-round performance in goal.
Monday, January 08, 2018
Trott & West Ham Defeat Manchester United
Nathan Trott and his West Ham United's Under 23 teammates got 2018 off to the perfect start with three goals and three points against Manchester United in Premier League 2.
Grady Diangana, Toni Martinez and Martin Samuelsen scored the Hammers' goals to seal maximum points against the Red Devils for the second time this season after October's 4-2 victory at London Stadium.
Before the clash, Terry Westley's men had gone four games without scoring but put the difficulties the end of 2017 brought them well to the back of the mind with a convincing performance and win.
Liam Manning believes West Ham United U23s’ 3-0 win over Manchester United U23s was a deserved reward for the team’s hard work over the festive period.
It’s been over a month since West Ham U23s have played a competitive game, due to postponements to matches against Everton and Tottenham, but Manning is delighted with how the team have trained during the extended period without a match.
And the Academy coach reckons that the commitment on the training field deserved a win such as the one against Manchester United, hailing both the performance as well as the result.
“The last time we actually played was December 5th when we played Luton,” Manning told whufc.com. “Everton and Tottenham were both called off. It’s a bit bitty because you’re preparing for games and then they are cancelled. It becomes slightly disjointed but it also allows us to really push them on the training pitch.
“I’ll give the boys credit. They were at it all over Christmas and their work rate during that period was fantastic. They got the rewards of that tonight.