'We were no match'
Coach of the US Virgin Islands (USVI), Kendall Walkes, is disappointed that his team was hammered 19-0 by Jamaica in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Group One Under-17 World Cup qualifier at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Saturday night.
The USVI were clearly a mismatch against the stronger, technically and skilfully superior Jamaicans.
"We were totally outplayed. The Jamaicans are ahead of us and displayed discipline in their approach," Walkes told The Gleaner. "We were no match for the slick movements and pace of the Jamaicans," he added.
However, Walkes pointed out that the USVI fielded a young team and will use this tournament to gather experience.
"Of course, we are disappointed by the margin of defeat. But we were outclassed," he said.
In the game, the USVI posed no threat to the defensive system of the Jamaicans.
"We failed to get close to scoring as inexperience showed. We were not patient," Walkes pointed out.
With that first game out of the way, the coach is looking towards a much better performance in today's game against Guadeloupe at the same venue, starting at 4 p.m.
"We will have to look past that game now and get ourselves prepared for the next game," Walkes said. "The aim is to improve on this performance."
- M. Stamp