Bajan girls beaten 3-0

Barbados’ female football team have advanced into the second round of the CONCACAF Under-17 competition but they are no where near where they need to be with their preparation.

In fact the local under-17 girls were in action on Saturday against All Bright College out of Pennsylvania and went down 3-0 in a friendly which showed head coach Thomas Jordan some of the key areas they need to work on in order to improve their game.

Barbados’ Marissa King (left) controls the ball under pressure from defender Dylan Shape.
Barbados’ Marissa King (left) controls the ball under pressure from defender Dylan Shape.

“Definitely we are not where we ought to be. Our fitness level needs to be improved tremendously; our passing has to improve; and also our defensive play has to be worked on,” Jordan said.

Despite those factors Jordan suggested that his chances for the second round that is scheduled for November were as good as any other team.

During the friendly encounter All Bright took the lead in the 26th minute through midfielder Taylor Cassidy who controlled a through-ball that came from the right and scored past custodian Shai Carrington. Then in the 73rd minute of the second half Cassidy added another when she buried one past substitute goalkeeper Breanna Atherley.

Barbados striker Felicia Jarvis (with ball) takes on All Bright’s defenders. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)
Barbados striker Felicia Jarvis (with ball) takes on All Bright’s defenders. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

Morgan Valera then sealed it for the visitors in the 90+1 minute when she was given too much room and buried a shot past Atherley who failed to get down and make the save.

Jordan said that he thought the game was pretty interesting even though the touring team was a lot better technically.

“I thought that we gave a good fight and my instructions were to work on defence and that did not actually materialise because they scored,” he explained.

Barbados’ main goalkeeper Carrington picked up an injury around her hip but Jordan assured it was nothing to be worried about.

He explained that the aim was to do well in round two and advance into round three of CONCACAF. He added that going forward the home girls were hoping to get in some more practice games with a few Caribbean nations before they head off to Puerto Rico.

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