Jamaica hunt second win in U-20 qualifiers
Jamaica will be hunting their second win when they face Haiti in a CONCACAF Women's Under-20 qualifier today at Warner Park in St Kitts and Nevis, starting at 4 p.m. (Jamaica time).
Coming off a 1-0 victory against the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, courtesy of a goal by Olufosade Adamolekun, the Jamaican team will look to advance to the next round by beating a strong Haitian team.
In the other group game on Tuesday, Haiti swamped St Kitts and Nevis 12-0.
"Haiti are a well-coached team. They are organised with quality players who play professionally and in the college system, and they have been together for quite a while," coach of Jamaica Under-20 women's team, Lorne Donaldson, told The Gleaner from St Kitts and Nevis yesterday.
However, Donaldson said he is confident that the team can get past Haiti and advance.
"I always play to win; that is my culture. That is the way," he said. "We have a couple of injuries to key players and will be cautious," Donaldson added.
"Gizelle Washington picked up an injury in the first game against the Dominican Republic, and Ebony Clarke, who also played in that game, is coming off an injury. They are two important players," the coach pointed out.
Looking back, Donaldson said that they played against a quality Dominican Republican team, which also paraded some professionals and United States college players.
After the Haiti game, Jamaica will complete the group stage against hosts St Kitts and Nevis on Sunday at Warner Park.
The top two teams from this week's qualifiers will advance to the CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship from January 18-28, 2018 in Trinidad and Tobago, who earned the third Caribbean spot as hosts.
Jamaica squad: Olufosade Adamolekun, Jaydn Matthews, Gabrielle Gayle, Jody Brown, Peterkaye Green, Tarania Clarke, Tateyana Pitter, Sashine Smith, Sherice Clarke, Alyssa Julien, Ebony Clarke, Emily Caza, Erin Mikalsen, Giselle Washington, Marlee Fray, Kevena Reid, Shayla Smart, Sydney Schnider, Maya Swaby-Wallerson and Yazmeen Jamieson.
The assistant coach is Xavier Gilbert.