The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) celebrated its third annual Women’s Football Day.
The Bermuda Football Association (BFA) hosted their event at the Botanical Garden’s Show Ring.
Building on the success of the second women’s day held in 2016, in which all 41 Member Associations within the Confederation united to shine a spotlight on efforts to create more opportunity for girls and women to play the game, this year’s full-day event continues CONCACAF’s on-going work to strengthen programming in order to increase women’s participation in the game.
In Bermuda youngsters came out and met Bermuda’s National Academy Players and members of CONCACAF Under 17 Championship Finalists.
Players were able to test their skills, win prizes and learned more about the BFA Girls Program.
Friday, November 17, 2017
Trott & West Ham Fall to Derby
Nathan Trott and his West Ham United Under 23 teammates missed their opportunity to rise to second place in Premier League 2 Division 1 as Derby County proved too strong under the lights at London Stadium.
Terry Westley’s youngsters began the evening in fourth and could have closed the gap on leaders Liverpool to just a single point, only for three first-half goals to set rampant Derby on their way to a shock 5-1 victory.
With new first-team manager David Moyes and his assistants watching on among the 1,208-strong crowd, a disappointing evening for the Hammers looked on the cards after just 28 seconds, when striker Offrande Zanzala held off Tunji Akinola before finishing across Trott and inside the far post.
The home side then looked to have settled and gained some sort of control, with Sead Haksabanovic forcing Josh Barnes into a smart save, only for Luke Thomas to sweep past Trott to double Derby’s lead on 21 minutes.
West Ham again briefly threatened as Alex Pike, Toni Martinez and Martin Samuelsen all went close from three Haksabanovic corners, but it was 0-3 eight minutes before the break when Thomas’s shot ricocheted off the crossbar and the fortunate Zanzala before rolling past the helpless Trott.
And the England U20 goalkeeper was exposed again twice within six minutes at the start of the second half, saving well from Alex Babos and Thomas, only for Charles Vernam and Jayden Bogle to follow up on each occasion to score.
Despite being five goals down, the shell-shocked Hammers tried to give the scoreline some respectability, with Dan Kemp, Akinola and Haksabanovic all testing Barnes and Toni Martinez clipping the crossbar with a rasping 25-yarder.
Samuelsen was then denied by a superb save by the Derby goalkeeper before substitute Grady Diangana finally got the home side on the scoresheet with a spectacular flying volley from Domingos Quina’s pass.
Martinez then flashed one shot narrowly over and saw another deflected inches wide, before Barnes again superbly denied Haksabanovic and Anthony Scully and Diangana clipped a shot against the woodwork, but Derby ultimately condemned Westley’s side to their third Premier League 2 defeat of the season.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
CONCACAF’s Third Annual Women’s Football Day
The Bermuda Football Association (BFA) will join the region in celebrating CONCACAF’s Third Annual Women’s Football Day on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Botanical Garden’s Show Ring from 10:00am – 12:00pm.
CONCACAF’s focus for this year’s Women’s Football Day is on the younger generation. The aim is to build a sustainable growth in women’s football not just in Bermuda but throughout all the CONCACAF member associations. All forty-one (41) Associations across the CONCACAF region will be celebrating Women’s Football Day this Saturday in continued support for the development of women’s football. The BFA is pleased to join this day of celebration and hope for a better future for girls and women’s football.
The BFA is inviting and encouraging all girls who love the game of football to come out and meet our National Academy Players and our CONCACAF U17 Championship Finalists and hear their story. Test your skills, win prizes and learn more about the BFA Girls Program. This event is open to all!
Saturday, November 18th, 2017 at the Botanical Garden’s Show Ring from 10:00am – 12:00pm.
For more information call 295-2199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Crockwell and Port Vale Bow Out of FA Youth Cup
Dequan Crockwell and his Port Vale youngsters drop out of the FA Youth Cup after a tight affair at the Proact Stadium against Chesterfield.
Just before the half-hour mark a shot by a Chesterfield striker, looked to be curling inside the far post but Crockwell went full length to push the ball around the post as a goal looked certain.
Chesterfield took the lead in the 31st minute from a corner, Willock rose highest to power the ball into the roof of the net even though Crockwell got a hand the ball.
The home team were on top at this stage and Vale attacks were infrequent but as the half drew towards a close, Green-Birch tried an overhead kick from 20-yards out as he was put under pressure but it dropped well past the far post.
Beeston got in a tackle to stop a shot at the expense of a corner and from this, Render eventually put in a powerful shot to the near post that Crockwell held well, Vale responded to also win a corner that saw Hill head just wide of the back post.
Chesterfield extended their lead in the 72nd minute after Ofoegbu played in Rawson who shot through Crockwell’s legs as he came out.
Vale almost reduced the arrears immediately as Green-Birch saw a shot pushed away for a corner by the ‘keeper at full stretch.
Vale did pull a goal back in the 79th minute a corner was not cleared by the home team and James Steele made space to shoot, his shot was deflected towards the far post and Joshua Ryder slid in to divert it into the net.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Davis & Algonquin Win CCAA Bronze Medal
Victoria Davis and her Algonquin Thunder Women’s Soccer teammates made it through 4 tough days of competition, losing only their first game of the match against the eventual Silver Medal winners Champlain Saint-Lambert Cavaliers during the Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association (CCAA) Women’s Soccer National Championships.
That game ended tied at 0 – 0, but was unfortunately lost in the penalty kick shootout. This result forced Davis and her teammates to win the next two games to ensure that they made it to the Bronze Medal match, which they did by winning their match 4-0 against the St. Thomas Tommie’s and then defeating the Douglas Royals 2-1 in a hard-fought match.
The weather conditions during the matches played a significant part due to the unexpected cold snap.
BRONZE MEDAL GAME
Algonquin Thunder 3 NAIT Ooks 1
From the moment the first whistle was blown, the game was an intense, speedy and high tempo affair.
Algonquin’s Melissa Gilligan was the first to break through, taking on multiple defenders and scoring the first goal of the game. NAIT was not fazed, bouncing back quickly with a good scoring opportunity for Kaily Mohn.
However, the score at half-time was 1-0.
The second half started with much of the first half’s energy, Mohn was able to tie the match up for NAIT but Algonquin answered only moments later with a strike from Darby Perry, giving the Thunder a 2-1 advantage.
The Ooks continued to push but a penalty kick by Maddie Kelly put Algonquin up 3-1 score.
That would prove to be the final score, resulting in a Bronze Medal win for the Algonquin Thunder.