Monday, February 19, 2018

Jamaica coach calls for total focus

 Jamaica women’s national team coach Merron Gordon wants his girls to remain focused during tonight’s Women’s Caribbean Cup final against Trinidad and Tobago at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

In an interview with the Jamaica Observer, Gordon said earlier games in the tournament gave Jamaica the ideal platform to win the Caribbean Cup. Jamaica beat Puerto Rico (4-1), Bermuda (9-1) and Haiti (2-0) prior to today’s clash against the likewise unbeaten T&T Soca Princesses.

“I just want to keep the girls focussed. We had good games in the first round to prepare us for the final, so the ‘Girlz’ know what’s coming up in the next game. It will be hard like it was against Haiti, or even harder,” he cautioned.

Against the Haitians on Saturday, the Reggae Girlz attacked from the outset, forcing the Haitians back deep into their defensive third (of the field). And Jodi Ann McGregor gave them the lead in the eighth minute when her free kick from 20 yards bended around the outstretched hands of diving Haitian goalkeeper Geralda Saintilus.

Haiti eventually settled and largely matched the Jamaicans for much of the game, but the Reggae Girlz took control late in the encounter and locked up the three points when Shakira Duncan and Donnakay Henry combined well for the latter to bang home from close range in the 81st minute.