FORT LAUDERDALE, FL –Jamaica’s national schoolboy footballers will be looking to improve on their current standing in the annual youth tournament being played at the Lauderhill Sports Complex, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
In their first outing on Thursday evening, stout defending behind a an intelligent, decisive strike by Donovan Dawkins, the JC/All Manning standout, secured maximum three points in their Group ‘A’ outing against local based Coral Springs.
In front of a half filled stadium, It was not a particularly high energy, explosive performance and team manager George Forbes knew why.
“It’s their first game together as a team (following last week’s call up), plus adjusting to the Astroturf (playing surface) as well. We are hopeful”.
Hopeful that they can do as well if not better than last year’s team, the National U-17, which lost in the finals to Miramar, a local based team.
The national juveniles, a selection of the best players (by position) from the Manning and daCosta Cup competitions, will play Deerfield (Beach) U-20, in today’s feature presentation, the last of a four game set-up, at 8.00 pm.
Jamaica and Barbados are the only overseas teams this year, as Haiti was a last minute scratch. The tournament, which ends on Sunday, is a presentation of the Caribbean American Soccer Association (CASA) and the City of Lauderhill. The Lauderhill Sports Park is located at 7500 West Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderhill, Florida.
Barbados/Lauderhill Juniors, 0:3
Albion Plantation/Coral Springs, 3:1
Deerfield/Albion Plantation, 1:3
Jamaica/Coral Springs, 1:0
By Aubrey Campbell