Footballers win opening games against Greenland
Bermuda 3 Greenland 0
Bermuda men's national team made a winning start to their NatWest Island Games campaign with a comfortable victory over Greenland at a packed North Field yesterday.
The gold medal favourites lived up to their billing with a lively display against the visitors who enjoyed plenty of possession but ultimately lacked cutting edge in front of goal.
A free-flowing move down the left saw Bermuda open the scoring when Zeiko Lewis drilled an inviting cross into the path of Domico Coddington who slid home from close range.
Despite falling behind, Greenland proved they were no pushovers though, playing some attractive football although they were never able to force Bermuda goalkeeper Freddy Hall into a save of real significance during the remainder of the half.
It was Greenland who arguably started the brighter after the break, with an uncharacteristic mistake by Bermuda skipper John Barry Nusum presenting striker Daniel Knudsen with a clear path on goal.
Agonisingly for Knusden his effort struck the post allowing debutant left back Jelan Harvey to launch Bermudas first meaningful attack of the second half with a diagonal pass that dissected the Greenland backline.
The ball broke for Antwan Russell who shrugged off the close attention of his marker but with only the keeper to beat ballooned his effort well wide of Loke Svanes goal.
Making amends for that miss, Russell won a penalty moments later after being clumsily tripped by Nukanguaq Zeeb, with the Ilkeston striker stepping up to coolly slot home.
Knusden, the only member of Greenlands squad to ply his trade in neighbouring Denmark, then forced a smart save from Freddy Hall with a crisp volley as the visitors continued to cause Bermudas defence a few problems.
However, Lewis put the game out of Greenlands reach when he spotted that Svane had drifted slightly off his line before flighting the ball into the top left-hand corner with an audacious chip.
Although satisfied with his teams showing, coach Andrew Bascome saw room for improvement defensively, despite Bermuda keeping a clean sheet.
I think we still have trouble dealing with crosses and we need to sort the marking out, he said.
Its always good to get a win but I feel we can play a lot better and we lost our patience a little bit.
Greenland were a good team; I could see they are able to play football and although they didnt have speed they were well organised.
Bermuda face Falklands at North Field today at 8pm.
Bermuda: F Hall, J Nusum, T Burgess, D Williams, D Bascome, Z Lewis (T Ming, 81), A Russell, D Ming, D Coddington, J Harvey, S Smith (A Simmons, 75).
Subs: D Johnson, R Simons, R Lee, M Warren, K Bean.
Bermuda 5 Greenland 1
Bermuda women's national team crushed Greenland in their opening NatWest Island Games match at the North Field.
Bermuda, who settled down after making a nervous start, opened the scoring with a deft chip by midfielder Cheyra Bell midway through the first half.
The hosts continued to dominate and increased their lead after the break through impressive striker Tchana Wade.
Greenland hit back somewhat against the run of play when Laila Platou scrambled home from an inswinging corner.
But Bermuda restored their two-goal cushion almost immediately when Akelya Furburt finished off a mazy dribble, before Aaliya Nolan made it four nil with a powerful drive.
Hard working midfielder Jessica Furtado finished off the scoring when she curled in a right foot from the edge of the box.
Bermuda coach Naquita Robinson said she was delighted to celebrate her first game in charge with a victory.
The girls were nervous playing in front of a home crowd and were a bit clammed up at the beginning, she said.
At half-time I told the ladies to play they way I know they can and we obviously came out and put our chances away.
I thought we worked better as a team in the second half and communicated more.
Robinson believed her teams extra fitness training paid off in the second period as the visitors began to tire.
We have been doing a lot of fitness work and I felt really showed in this match.
Its a feeling to win my first game as coach and Im very proud of this team.
Bermuda take on Hitra today at North Field at 6pm.
Bermudas squad: S Babb, L Yates, W Duerr, A Furbert, T Darrell, T Wade, K Fox, K Brangman, K Dill, S Todd, R Maybury, C Virgil, S Paul, T Thomas, C Bell, J Edness, A Nolan, J Furtado, W Bean.
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