Bermuda women march on
The Bermuda women’s football team have advanced to the final round of the Concacaf Women’s Championship qualifiers.
With only one team qualifying from group E, Bermuda had a nervous wait to find out whether their 1-0 win over Surinam yesterday would be enough to claim top spot.
They were three points ahead of Guyana, who had a far superior goal difference, before the host nation’s final match against Barbados, which ended goalless last night.
Akeyla Furbert scored the winner against Surinam as Bermuda finished on seven points, two ahead of Guyana, having won two and drawn one of their matches.
They drew 2-2 against Guyana in the opener on Wednesday before beating Barbados 3-2 on Friday.
Teyah Lindo, the Bermuda forward, scored four goals during the qualifiers, bagging back-to-back braces against both Guyana and Barbados.
Surinam came bottom of the group, losing all three of their matches, including a 6-1 defeat against Guyana on Friday, while Barbados came third with four points.
The final round, from August 25 to September 2, will pit Bermuda in a group with Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Antigua and Barbuda. The host nation is yet to be decided.
Speaking after Bermuda’s win over Barbados, Robinson said: “We made the game harder than it had to be. We knew coming into this match that they were a bit aggressive; not very skilful but they were very aggressive. It’s part of our game that we have to work on.
“It’s been relatively easy for us in the past, where other teams have actually tried to play football. For us, we knew that technical ability alone wouldn’t have been enough and that we needed to be a bit more aggressive and understand that they were going to be aggressive.
“Unless you play in those circumstances, it’s going to take you a little while to get used to that and be able to play through it.
“We’re a turf country, so had we known we were playing on grass we would have trained on grass a bit, but we got the three points. I was not overly happy with the girls. Happy with the result, but not happy with the play.”
Marley Christian, the Bermuda captain, added: “We started off the game a little bit slow. We came into the game knowing it was a must-win situation.
“The game on Wednesday took a little bit out of us, but I think we picked it up a little bit in the second half, scoring those two goals which gave us an edge.”
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