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Danté Leverock gutted at cancellation of Montserrat match

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Left disappointed: Danté Leverock wanted to make amends against Montserrat in the Concacaf Nations League
One for the highlight reel: Danté Leverock is mobbed by his Bermuda team-mates after scoring a spectacular overhead kick against Guyana

Danté Leverock admits Bermuda were gutted not to have the chance to make amends against Montserrat in the Concacaf Nations League.

Before Kyle Lightbourne’s side facing the same opposition last Saturday ― a game in which they went on to lose 3-2 in the Dominican Republic ― the Bermuda Football Association released a statement in which it had been notified by Concacaf to confirm the match, scheduled to be at the Flora Duffy Stadium last night, had been cancelled

When contacted to by The Royal Gazette, Concacaf confirmed it had been “informed by the Montserrat FA that its men’s national team were unable to travel to Bermuda for their Concacaf Nations League match”.

However, the organisation was unable to confirm the reason behind Montserrat’s inability to travel nor outcome of the match, which, “as per competition regulations, the matter has been referred to Concacaf’s Disciplinary Committee.”

The nature of Saturday’s defeat ― a second successive loss in group B having also gone down 2-1 to Guyana four days previously ― subsequently took on greater significance with the opportunity taken away from Bermuda to put things right in front of a home crowd and sign off this international window on a high note.

“It’s hard to take,” Leverock said. “I know all the players would have liked to have been able to make amends, but obviously we had no choice in the matter.

“It’s been a long and tough campaign and it would have been nice to finish up by playing at home in front of our crowd and try and get the right result.”

Despite the disappointing defeats, Leverock created a particular personal highlight after scoring a spectacular overhead kick in the loss to Guyana.

His exploits went viral after being featured on the Fifa social-media channels, while ESPN also included the goal among its SportsCenter top ten moments of the week.

While the 30-year-old took great delight in the strike itself and subsequent reaction, he admitted he would have gladly given up his moment in the spotlight in favour of Bermuda taking all three points.

“Funnily enough, I attempted something similar in training, completely missed the ball and got laughed at,” added the towering centre half. “When the chance presented itself I just went for it and I was grateful to see it go in.

“Obviously it a nice moment on a personal level and to see it take off and go viral was a bit of fun, but unfortunately it was a bittersweet moment for myself. I would have much rather given that goal up for a clean sheet and a win.”

Reflecting on the campaign, Leverock remains hopeful Bermuda can still secure a Gold Cup play-off spot by finishing second in group B, despite sitting bottom of the table on one point, five adrift of Guyana, who were smashed 6-0 by Haiti last night, and facing the prospect of relegation to League C.

“I’m still keeping hope and determined to keep pushing,” he said. “On paper, Guyana and Montserrat are arguably teams we should be beating.

“Were all disappointed with those results and we’re not in the best shape, but still have a chance to make amends.

“We know we need a minimum of two wins to stand a chance, but it’s a chance. Relegation is out of the question for a team like ours.”

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Published June 15, 2022 at 7:42 am (Updated June 15, 2022 at 7:42 am)

Danté Leverock gutted at cancellation of Montserrat match

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