Leverock unscathed in return from injury
Danté Leverock, the Bermuda captain, made a triumphant comeback from injury during the national team’s 1-0 win over Guyana at the National Stadium on Thursday night.
The Sligo Rovers defender played the entire game in his first appearance on the pitch since he suffered a concussion in a collision with his goalkeeper Ed McGinty during his team’s 2-1 win away to Irish top-flight rivals Bohemians on May 24.
“I felt okay in my first game back from injury, but obviously I was lacking a bit of match fitness,” Leverock said. “It was good to get 90 minutes under my belt and work my way back to match sharpness.”
Bermuda prevailed courtesy of Donte Brangman’s winner, which arrived shortly before the interval.
The goal came from another good move, Nahki Wells laying on the decisive pass to send Brangman through into the box on the right side before hitting a shot inside the far post.
It capped off an encouraging first half for the home side who had two opportunities to score in the space of a minute. First Justin Donawa having a shot blocked from inside the box and then Wells shrugging off a couple of challenges before hitting a dipping shot from 30 yards that goalkeeper Alex Murray saved.
“The match was a great final exercise before we start our first Gold Cup campaign,” Leverock added.
“It was a decent team performance laying down our groundwork from training but we know we have things to fine tune before our Gold Cup opener.”
Bermuda’s narrow victory over Guyana was their fifth win on the trot.
“That’s five wins in a row for us so that’s always a good indicator of the path we are on,” Leverock said. “We keep the winning run going and a clean sheet to add.
“Winning games breeds confidence and the way we want to play we need confidence.”
Bermuda qualified for the Gold Cup for the first time after finishing fifth in the Nations League qualifiers and have been pitted in group B along with Costa Rica, Haiti and Nicaragua.
Kyle Lightbourne’s team will face Haiti in their tournament opener at the Estadio Nacional in San José, Costa Rica, on June 16 before taking on Costa Rica, who competed at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on June 20 and Nicaragua at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, on June 24.
“We are excited to play against the Concacaf elite,” Leverock said.
“We our doing our homework on our opponents and we are looking to upset the natural order once again.”