Thursday 15 November, 2018

Barbados Tridents get first-time 'Hope' up

Hallam Hope

Hallam Hope

What does World Cup record goalscorer Mirolsav Klose, England national captain Harry Kane, World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton and Barbadian senior football team player Hallam Hope, have in common?

The Carlisle United FC frontman joined an illustrious group of gentlemen who scored on their international debut.

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Hope scored two outstanding goals last week for the Barbados Tridents in their CONCACAF Nation’s League encounter versus the Guyana Jaguars at the Leonora Track & Field Complex in Guyana.

Sadly, Hope’s heroics were not enough to secure Barbados a win as we were made to settle for a 2-2 draw.

Barbados displayed tremendous character to respond with two goals in nine minutes; taking the lead in the process. While Hope particularly showcased class and precision for his first goal; a one-touch finish from just outside the area, into the bottom right-hand corner.

The second goal was sheer determination and a willingness to score.

The former Everton and Manchester City player threw himself behind a left-sided cross from captain Rashad Jules and headed the ball high into the net beyond Bury FC goalkeeper Kai Mckenzie-Lyle.

The 24-year-old marksman said scoring the goals were memorable for him but getting the opportunity to play on the international stage meant more to him as well as being immediately accepted by his teammates.

“I was proud to represent my country; I enjoyed the experience for sure.  All the guys were really welcoming and they made me feel like I was a part of the team and that’s important.  We are only going to get better now”, said Hope.

Hope said he was disappointed not to get the win but he was pleased with the effort of his team mates and believes the team possess the right attitude to advance in the competition.

“It was good to score two goals, but it was all of us working together. We put in 100 percent and were a bit unlucky that we didn’t get the win”.

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