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Jamaica U17s seek full points against weak USVI

Published:Tuesday | July 19, 2016 | 7:00 AM

 

Jamaica's men's Under-17 footballers will start their final Group Four game in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) qualifiers against hosts US Virgin Islands today knowing that a point will be enough to win the group and qualify for the second round.

The young Reggae Boyz defeated Guyana 4-1 in their opening match, then stopped Antigua and Barbuda 3-1 in their second match on Sunday to lead the standings with six points, three more than Antigua and Barbuda, and Guyana. The US Virgin Islands are still without a point after two games.

Nonetheless, Jamaica's head coach, Andrew Edwards, expects his team to take three points, but will be leaving nothing to chance.

"The USVI is the weakest team in the group so we should be able to get three points. But having said that, we have to put in the work. Also we want to give the kids who have not had the opportunity to play a chance, but we will try to get the best team on the pitch and try to secure the result," he assessed.

 

SHOWN IMPROVEMENT

 

Andrews believes the young Boyz have shown improvement game by game and in looking forward to further improvements.

"We had a much better performance than in the first game on Friday and that is very good because that is what we want to see, the team progressing game to game. The inexperience of the boys is still there, there is a lot of selfishness in the front of the team, so we are not scoring as many as we can.

"At the back we are a bit too generous because we have given up two goals in the competition, none of which in my opinion have been thoroughly earned by the opponent, so it's basically simple errors being made by us. But we are looking forward to this game and getting the three points and moving on to Trinidad," he said.