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Jamaica clobber USVI 19-0 - Coach seeks improvements against Cayman

Published:Monday | August 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Jamaica Under-17 football team's seven-goal hero, Donovan Dawkins (left), dribbles past Esalas Charles of the US Virgin Islands during the Caribbean Football Union's Under-17 World Cup qualifier at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex last Saturday night. Jamaica won 19-0. - Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer

Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's Under-17 football team will look towards another easy victory when they challenge Cayman Islands in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) World Cup qualifier at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town, St Andrew, starting at 7 p.m. today.

Following a massive 19-0 victory against the US Virgin Islands (USVI) in the opening round of Group One last Saturday, the Jamaica camp is already looking at the final stage in the tournament that serves as a qualifier for the 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile.

"The game (USVI) was far more easy than we expected. We are pretty satisfied. We are now looking forward to a better performance in the next game," coach of Jamaica's Under-17 team, Andrew Edwards, told The Gleaner after the huge win last Saturday night.

"Overall, the performance of the team was very good. We will look at information gathered on our next opponent and plan for that game."

Continuing, he said: "We want the boys to maintain discipline in the other games in the group. Certainly, scoring that many goals was a surprise. The build-ups to the goals were very good for the most part.

"We expect a positive result in the next game, but the focus is on the team's performance. We are already looking forward to the final stage of the CFU tournament in Haiti next month," Edwards said.

good attacking plays

In the game against the USVI, Jamaica dominated throughout with good attacking plays and cool defending in a one-sided affair.

Striker Donovan Dawkins of Tivoli Gardens High school led the onslaught with seven goals, while Justin McMaster scored four times, St George's College midfielder Alex Marshall hit a hat-trick, Tajea Brown and substitute Donovan Nelson scored two goals apiece, and vice-captain Ajeanie Talbott scored from the penalty spot.

While the USVI's goalkeeper, Brandon Chiazza, spent all evening picking up the ball from inside his goal, his Jamaican counterpart had little to do throughout the game, the second of a double-header.

In the first game, Guadeloupe tagged Cayman Islands 3-0.

There will be another double-header later, with the USVI facing Guadeloupe at 4 p.m., to be followed by Jamaica against Cayman Islands at 7 p.m.

At the completion of the group stage, the top team will join seven other teams for an eight-nation final-round play-off.