Under-17 Boyz held by Cuba

first_img MANY CHANCES CREATED “The positive is that we created that many chances and it is something we can work on. Creating the chances and having persons in the position to score is a good sign, and we want to continue building on that,” he added. The Boyz started shakily but came into their own after 15 minutes and had excellent chances, the best of which fell to Treyvonne Reid, Nickque Daley, and Kaheem Parris. Cuba also had a couple good opportunities, but good defending kept them at bay. Early in the second half, a mix-up in defence resulted in a Cuban player being brought down in the box, and Rodan netted the spot kick to put the Cubans in front. However, after wasting a number of great opportunities in the second half, they eventually got the equaliser when the ball fell to McIntosh, who calmly slotted past the excellent Danny Eduardo in goal. “We expected a tough game. Both teams had control of the ball at different intervals. They both got chances, so the 1-1 score is a good result for both teams,” said Cuba coach Rufino Sotolongo. Jamaica’s under-17 men’s football team had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Cuba in the first of their two friendlies at Winchester Park yesterday. Ribaldo Roldan put Cuba ahead from the penalty spot eight minutes into the second half, but Ricardo McIntosh cancelled that effort with a composed finish on 70 minutes. In what was a fairly competitive contest, the young Boyz were clearly the better team over the 90 minutes and had more and better chances to win the game. Coach Andrew Edwards was pleased with the number of chances the team created but thought their decision making and finishing needs more work if they are to advance from their group of death, which consists of USA, Mexico, and El Salvador in the CONCACAF final round. “I have mixed feelings about the game,” Edwards said. “In the first period, we had problems coming out of the back. We were not smooth and fluid as the defenders were not having good connection with the midfielders to ensure a smooth transition into the attacking third. “But we created nine chances in the first period and put away zero, and that is a major cause for concern. It doesn’t matter how good an opponent is, if you are creating chances and put away these chances, you are going to increase your confidence. But our decision making was not at the level we expect,” he continued. However, he says that creating chances is a positive, and they will have to improve on that for the next game on Tuesday.last_img read more


first_imgAll the soccer stars of the future turned out this week at the Sean Davis Soccer Academy held at Bonagee Showgrounds, Letterkenny.Boys and Girls aged 5 to 17 years enjoyed the excellent weather conditions and the superb coaching on offer from quality F.A.I. and European coaches. Sean reminded everyone at the presentation of awards that his Academy will return to Drumbar Utd. Grounds, Donegal Town, on Tuesday 29th July until Friday 1st August.WINNERS OF THE SPANISH LEAGUE:VALENCIA:Karol McGinley Niall McCrossanPeter KernohanFintan DohertyNoah GormanDylan O’TooleWINNERS OF THE PREMIER LEAGUE: ARSENAL:Matthew De CookJosh McCullaghCadhan Friel Luke KirwanAdam McDevittDarragh DohertyWINNERS OF THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE:BAYERN-MUNICH:Matthew De CookPeter KernohanFintan DohertyJames GormanSam GormanWINNERS OF THE WORLD CUP:GERMANY:Coady BroganJames GormanJosh Mc CullaghLuke KeirwanMarcus Hannon MurphyAdam McDevittHeading Competition Winners: Codey Brogan and Odhran FrielPenalty King Winner [Under 17]: Matthew De CookPenalty King Winner [Under10]: Dylan O’ToolePlayer of the Week [Under 17]: Karol McGinleyPlayer of the Week [Under10]: Niall McCrossanGoalkeeper of the Week: Fintan DohertyStriker Shoot-Out Champion: Coady BroganMost Improved Players: Ernest Moscicki and Peter Cook (6 photos)PICTURE SPECIAL – SOCCER STARS OF THE FUTURE ON SHOW AT SEAN DAVIS SOCCER ACADEMY was last modified: July 25th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:NoticesSean Davis Soccer AcademySportlast_img read more