Video: Coach Lightbourne On Bermuda’s Victory

June 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Following last night’s victory over Guyana, football Coach Kyle Lightbourne said he was pleased to win and everything is “building up for that first game.”

Bermuda claimed a 1 – 0 over Guyana — which is also making their first appearance in the Concacaf Gold Cup — in a match that marked their final warm-up match before the Concacaf Gold Cup gets underway.

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Speaking to Bernews after the game concluded last night, Coach Lightbourne said, “I thought first half, we controlled the game. A lot of the things we worked on, we saw come out. So I was pleased with that.

“Second half, we sort of lost our way, we made a few substitutions and sometimes that happens and I think they may have had a little talking to at half time, because I thought we controlled the game really well first half, but second half they came out, they pressed us a little higher up the pitch, forced us into a few mistakes, but I was really pleased with the way we defended tonight. I thought we defended really well.”

He added, “Overall, I’m pleased. I’m pleased with the workout. I wish Guyana all the best in the tournament, the smaller nations, but they look a good team as well. So I am really pleased with the way things are going.”

Speaking on the team’s recent winning streak, Coach Lightbourne said, “It’s always good to win, and I think we won on merit in these games.

“We’re being able to keep clean sheets in most of them. Last game before this was a penalty, and then the game before that was a fluke sort of goal, so our defending has been good. We want to keep that up and be able to stay in the games until the end.

“We leave on Monday and then we’re back to work once we touch down. Everything’s building up for that first game,” he added.

The Gold Cup officially gets underway in a few days and Bermuda will play Haiti on June 16th in Costa Rica, then play Costa Rica on June 20th in Dallas, and then match up against Nicaragua on June 24th in New Jersey.

Bermuda’s Gold Cup team includes Nahki Wells, Dante Leverock, Jonte Smith, Reggie Lambe, Dale Eve, Oliver Jalen Harvey, Calon Minors, Roger Lee, Kacy Milan Butterfield, Jaylon Bather, Lejaun Simmons, Donte Brangman, Chikosi Basden, Zeiko Lewis, Willie Clemons, Jahquil Hill, Osagi Bascome, Cecoy Robinson, Justin Donawa, Wendell Tre Ming, Liam Evans, Marco Warren, and Quinaceo Hunt.

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In an effort to provide comprehensive coverage of Bermuda’s debut in this highly prestigious regional competition, Bernews will have a dedicated reporter traveling with the team to all the games in order to bring all the latest action and insights of our Gombey Warriors, with the special coverage thanks to the support of Butterfield & Vallis, One Communications, and Bermuda Security Group.

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