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Nesbeth finding the net for club and country

Eye for goal: Nesbeth, left, in action against Trinidad & Tobago on MondayPhotograph by Manny Faria

LeiLanni Nesbeth is showing the scoring prowess for Bermuda Under-17 women’s team that caught the eye of English club Brighton & Hove Albion.

Nesbeth, Bermuda’s top scorer in the previous round of the Concacaf Caribbean Women’s Under-17 qualifiers with nine goals, scored both Bermuda goals in a 2-2 draw with Trinidad & Tobago on Monday in Haiti.

The 16-year-old and team-mate Jaden Masters were taken to hospital after picking up injuries in the second half as Trinidad scored a late equaliser in their group F match.

Nesbeth, a student at Bede’s Senior School in Sussex, recently joined the Brighton Under-23 Development team and had a player-of-the-match performance in a 5-2 defeat away to Chelsea.

“LeiLanni has settled in very well since stepping up from the under-16s and is a very popular character within the group,” Curtis Foster, the Brighton Women’s Development manager, said.

“Due to her school commitments we are trying to arrange alternative travel methods so she is able to commit to three training sessions per week, although this may not be possible due to the high standard of education she is receiving and this being a priority.”

Foster added: “LeiLanni is among a group of five or six 16-year-olds so is among the younger batch. She has made one appearance, in a defeat to Chelsea, where she was our man of the match. We also suffered a defeat to Millwall.”