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Hope and Robinson on target in Bermuda win

Keishae Robinson scored Bermuda’s second goal from a penalty corner (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Goals from Laura Hope and Keishae Robinson gave Bermuda’s women’s field hockey team a morale-boosting 2-0 win over a women’s select side at the National Sports Centre last night.

The victory was their last match before they head to Jamaica for the Central American and Caribbean Games qualifiers next month.

Hope scored with a fine, angled finish in the first quarter and Robinson scored off a penalty corner in the third period. However, there was a scary moment for the team when LaKae Tavares, newly named as captain for the CAC qualifiers, was hit by a ball at speed in her shoulder in the third quarter and had to sit out the rest of the match.

Hope was the star of the show in the first quarter, scoring early on with a sweeping finish from the right into the bottom left corner of the goal. She then won possession in midfield and put Kascia White through, but her shot was well saved.

A great run from Chrysda Smith from inside her own half set up the best chance of the second quarter, which Jasmine Patterson, the Bermuda vice-captain, tomahawked wide.

Tihanna Booth came close to getting on the end of a couple of impressive entries into the shooting circle from Hope and Selina Whitter.

Bermuda looked particularly improved from the summer on penalty corners, both offensively and defensively. Robinson especially looked dangerous and had her just rewards in the third period after going close several times. Defensively, Whitter rushed out to courageously block two efforts.

Georgia Harris sent a hard shot high and wide to start the fourth quarter as Bermuda continued to dominate in terms of chances, with goalkeeper Angela Dunston not having to make a save for the entire match.

Kascia White then almost got on the end of a cross from Booth, who was found by Taylor Mullan.

Harris had Bermuda’s final chance of the match, however, her shot from the edge of the circle was deflected high and wide by the defence.

The national team face Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Panama, Guyana and Jamaica in Kingston for the CAC qualifiers, starting on November 5.