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Quality of play in Guinness Street football improving

Published:Monday | June 22, 2015 | 6:00 AMLeighton Levy

When Slash Dash line up against the best Guinness Street Football teams from across the region later this month, it is expected they could fare better than the Gulf Strikers did in 2014. Back then St Thomas parish champions took on the best of the Caribbean, but found the going tough.

The Gulf Strikers lost 1-0 to St Vincent and 3-0 to hosts and defending champions Trinidad and Tobago on the first day of the competition, which all but eliminated them from the competition. They managed to defeat Antigua and Barbuda on penalty kicks the following day, but it was not enough to see them advance.

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But according to Guinness brand manager, Andrew Anguin, the teams this year have displayed a better quality of football than the teams that participated in the competition that was run by LIME last year. This was especially evident in the champions.

"The quality of play was good in the finals, individual skill was noticeably improved, but team synergy was what made the difference for the champions," said Anguin.

Anguin mentioned, however, that overall at the finals, the teams looked much better than they did during the preliminary rounds. He put the improved performances down to the teams putting in a lot of practice following the respective parish finals.

"The final four were definitely a cut about the rest with a full line up of potential goal scorers."

Jamaica will face off against nine other teams - Barbados, St Kitts, Dominica, Guyana, St Lucia, St Vincent, Haiti, Aruba, and Trinidad - in the regional finals set for the Kingston Waterfront next to the Bank of Jamaica on June 27 and 28.