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North Village 2 Somerset Eagles 1

(abnd, 79min, rain)

Daniel Johnson, the North Village goalkeeper, walks back to the changing room after his debut was ruined by torrential rain, which forced the match with Somerset Eagles to be abandoned in the 79th minute. Village were leading 2-1 (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

North Village and Somerset Eagles will await a decision by the Bermuda Football Association after yesterday’s encounter at Bernard Park was abandoned 11 minutes from the end after torrential rain midway through the second half.

Referee Martin Wyer checks to see how much time is left in the game between North Village and Somerset Eagles before taking the teams off the field in torrential rain at Bernard Park. He abandoned the match four minutes later, deeming the conditions unplayable (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Referee Martin Wyer allowed the match to continue for a few minutes during the heavy downpour in the hope that conditions would improve. But in the 75th minute, unable to see the lines, he took the two teams off to their respective benches before blowing the whistle again four minutes later to signal the end of the match.

Did you see it: teenager Jakeem Jennings points to the North Village bench after his third-minute opener against Somerset Eagles at Bernard Park yesterday. Village were leading 2-1 when the match was abandoned in the 79th minute because of unplayable conditions (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

The ground, made muddy from rain in the first match, became flooded quite quickly in the second half as the club’s training lights were turned on in the fading light. Soon after the ducks from near by made their way on to the pitch to enjoy the puddles as the players and fans sought shelter from the wet conditions.

Marcus Iris-Simmons, of Somerset Eagles, gets a touch on the ball to steer it past North Village goalkeeper Daniel Johnson for the Eagles equaliser at Bernard Park. The match was abandoned in the 79th minute because of torrential rain with Village leading 2-1 (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Village had a dream start to the match when 17-year-old Jakeem Jennings, the son of former Village player Keith Jennings, netted his first senior goal for the team when his shot from the right side of the box caught Pele Williams in the Eagles goal off guard, the ball finding the far bottom corner.

Tahmi Williams, of North Village, avoids a sliding challenge from Anwar Telford, the Somerset Eagles captain, and makes a pass at the same time at Bernard Park before torrential rain forced the match to be abandoned at Bernard Park in the 79th minute (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Village had late transfer Daniel Johnson making his debut in goal in place of Tahj Bell, who was missing again because of work commitments.

Jonathan Briers, of North Village, shields the ball from Samori Greenidge-Saltus yesterday at Bernard Park (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Gradually, Eagles began to settle down and in the 29th minute they got the equaliser when a high ball into the from left back Kadeem Abraham saw Marcus Iris-Simmons get his head to the ball to glance it past Johnson as he tried to punch clear.

Village managed to regain the lead nine minutes later when striker Rai Simons scored at the second attempt from the penalty spot after Ian Simmons was fouled by Terreko Wilson.

Williams moved to his right to push Simons’s spot-kick against a post but the striker responded quickly to scramble the ball over the line.

Samori Greenidge-Saltus wasted a good opportunity to pull Eagles level again in the 41st minute when a pass from Nathan Rego found him unmarked at the far post, but he put his effort well over the crossbar with just Johnson to beat.

Just before the break, Simons lobbed over the advancing goalkeeper but the ball dropped over the Eagles bar.

Constant rain, which later became torrential, marred the second half as puddles began to form and conditions became more challenging for the teams.

SCORERS

North Village: Jennings 3, Simons 38

Somerset Eagles: Iris-Simmons 38

TEAMS

North Village (4-3-3): D Johnson — K Knights, Q Lema, T Fray, N Arraujo — J Briers, T Williams, I Simmons — J Jennings (sub: J Richardson, 64min), R Simons (sub: K Bean, 59), D Daniels. Substitutes not used: A Darrell, S Somner, P Smith, A Butterfield, J Daniels.

Somerset Eagles (4-3-3): P Williams — A Morrissey, K Evans, T Wilson, K Abraham — S Greenidge-Saltus, A Telford, D Simmons — M Iris-Simmons, T Wade (sub: K Durrant, 64), N Rego. Substitutes not used: E Fubler, S Lambert, C Medeiros, R Saggar, T Smith.

Referee: M Wyer.

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Published November 23, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated November 22, 2020 at 9:38 pm)

Heavy downpour denies Village at flooded Bernard Park

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