Jamaica seek vital point
Jamaica need only a point from their final Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-17 Championship Group A game against hosts Trinidad and Tobago at the Ato Boldon Stadium this evening - starting at 7:30 p.m. - to secure their place in the CONCACAF Finals, set for next April and May.
The young Reggae Boyz share the lead in the group with Haiti on four points, but lead with a better goal difference. Trinidad & Tobago are next with three points, after coming from 2-0 down to defeat Bermuda 3-2.
A draw for the Andrew Edwards-coached team would ensure at least a second-place group finish and a place in the semi-finals, which also guarantees them passage to the CONCACAF Finals.
"We can never guarantee results, but we want to guarantee our supporters that we will be giving the best effort. We have scouted the Trinidad team, and we have prepared our technical plan. We have worked out how we want to play against them in offence and defence and in transition, and we believe we are a better team, man for man," he assessed.
"But they will have crowd support and we expect the stadium to be full to capacity and for them to give us a real fight, but we know that we have to go out and perform really well, and if we do that, the result will favour us," he commented.
Although he thought they should have taken the three points from Haiti, which ended with 10 players, he felt the result was fair.
"We can't just assume that because the other team went down to 10 men that we are going to win the game and we don't want to feel comfortable getting a point either. The result is a reflection of the game. We had the better of the chances and maybe should have won the game, but they gave it their all and their best and Haiti did the same, so it was a fair result," he said.
"Both teams played well and went at each other from end to end. We did well to dominate the game, we had significant moments for portions of the game. It was the kind of game we expected from Haiti, but it's the kind of game that will help our boys get stronger as the competition progresses," he added.