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Leilanni Nesbeth adamant best is yet to come from Bermuda’s women

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Leilanni Nesbeth (13) in action for Bermuda against Grenada at Flora Duffy Stadium. (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Leilanni Nesbeth (centre) is congratulated by a team-mate after scoring one of her three goals against Grenada. (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Leilanni Nesbeth believes the best is yet to come for the national women’s football team.

Despite being eliminated from the Concacaf W Championships qualifiers at the group stage earlier this month, the forward says there are positives to take away from the campaign.

“Like every team, there is obviously a lot of room for improvement,” Nesbeth told The Royal Gazette. “But there is no doubt that this team is getting better, and I am excited to see the team play again when some players are back from injury and things like that.

“I think the team has a lot of potential for sure and everyone is understanding the style of play and tactics a lot more.

“Once we continue to train and play with one another we will continue to grow as a team, and I am looking forward to how this team progresses in upcoming tournaments.”

Bermuda bowed out of the tournament after defeats against Jamaica and Dominican Republic in their opening group C matches.

However, they signed off on a winning note courtesy of a resounding 6-0 thrashing of Grenada at the Flora Duffy Stadium, with Nesbeth leading the charge with a superb hat -trick.

She opened the scoring in the tenth minute and added a second in the 53rd before completing her treble from the penalty spot in the 72nd.

“This was my first hat-trick for Bermuda at the senior level,” Nesbeth added. “I have scored some before for the youth teams, but never for the senior team.

“It was a nice feeling for sure, especially to do it in front of a home crowd with my friends and family in the stands.”

Nesbeth and her team-mates put on a dazzling display in what was the first Concacaf women’s senior international played on local soil.

“I think it was a good, solid performance,” she said. “Coming off a hard-fought loss against Dominican Republic it was important to put on a show for the home crowd.

“The crowd was fantastic; you definitely felt the energy in the stands, so that was a great feeling. A good win and good performance overall as well as a beautiful atmosphere.

“I think I played well and it was nice to get some goals and reward myself a little bit for my hard work over the course of the tournament.”

Nesbeth admits she and her team-mates had their work cut out competing among a formidable group.

“The campaign was tough, but it was needed,” she added. “We obviously had a tough team in the group knowing that Jamaica has a lot of talent.

“But it was also rewarding to know and get a feel for other teams that seemed a lot harder in the past years. I think Dominican Republic is a team we can beat in the near future, and that’s definitely something positive to take away from this tournament.

“Now that we have the experience we can then come together to tweak areas so that when we play these teams again we don’t make the same mistakes or maybe approach the game differently to maybe get more success.”

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Published April 23, 2022 at 7:53 am (Updated April 23, 2022 at 7:53 am)

Leilanni Nesbeth adamant best is yet to come from Bermuda’s women

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