Road to the World Cup

Calling all Bermudians to support our National Team tomorrow Sunday, March 8th at National Stadium vs Grenada

Recap of Game 1: Bermuda vs Grenada

Bermuda started slow, although a friendly, may have felt the nerves with a performance needed to satisfy their fellow Bermudian fans. Bermuda created chances but were unable to capitalize on their efforts in front of goal. Grenada struck first with a calm finish by the Grenadian forward Jake Rennie. Bermuda did not let this interrupt their game plan instead the early Grenada goal seemed to have awakened a sleeping beast as Bermuda grew in confidence and gained control of the match.

The first goal came from Rai Simmons which now put Bermuda level 1-1 and in the driving seat. We (Bermuda) started to play with a certain swagger that I have not seen Bermuda have in quite some time, dominating possession and being first to almost every ball. The players must have been feeling the energy from the stands by hearing the fans cheer with every completed pass and every successful tackle.

As the first half started to come to a close, Bermuda was playing exceptional football and from a well worked play by Bermuda’s Zeiko Lewis erupted the stands right before the half beating to two defenders before laying it to Rai Simmons who weighted the ball perfectly to Jahnai Raynor to finish off a superb move with a well placed shot that had the Grenada keeper full stretch watching the ball whistle past his gloves.  It was a proud moment as the fans showing their support and appreciate by standing on their feet, cheering and air horns blowing to end the half 2-1 Bermuda.

Second half began with Bermuda coming out almost the same as they ended the half, bossing the game, but after six minutes of play a moment of simply a lack of focus by Terrance Webb had him receive his second yellow card and was sent off leaving Bermuda one man down with almost a full half to go. Bermuda fought with 10 men, but Grenada soon increased the pressure and took control of the play. As legs began to tire with about 15minutes left of the game, a Grenada substitute Rickson Phillip scored from inside the box at close range after only just coming on the pitch. Grenada drew level at 2-2 and continued to dominate possession. However a late surge by Bermuda, kept Grenada on their toes causing a fantastic close range save needed by the Grenada goalkeeper who leaped off the ground like a cat to make an even more impressive save from the rebound shot.  It was unfortunate that Bermuda went a man down, the game could have ended very different, but this is the wonderful game of football. The score ended 2-2 and what was a exciting game to watch.

Bermuda will face Grenada again on Sunday, March 8th at 3pm at the National Sports Centre. Make sure you are there to watch and support our Bermuda National Team!

While you are at the game make sure to hashtag #bermuda and #wearebermuda when you post your images to social media, so we can find them and share them with the rest of the island.

For pictures of the Bermuda vs Grenada game click link to Bernews

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