England Under-21s take series lead

August 09, 2016
England's Under-21 goal defence Zara Everitt (right) battles for a loose ball with Jamaica's Under-21 goal shooter Simone Gordon during the first quarter of the match at the National Indoor Sports Centre on August 8. Jamaica will play in Pool C at the 2017 World Youth Cup in Botswana.

Jamaica's young Sunshine Girls started their five-match series against the England Under-21 team on a losing note yesterday.

The local girls were beaten 47-43 in their opening game at the National Indoor Sports Centre.

The visitors were the better team on the night. They won the first quarter by just one (13-12), but went on to stretch their lead to six (27-21) at half-time.

But the Jamaicans turned in an impressive third quarter, scoring five unanswered goals to reduce the deficit to one, and their continued pressure on their opponents throughout the quarter saw them the teams ending the period locked at 33-33.

But the Jan Crabtree-coached England turned their game up a notch in the final period, despite the home team's best efforts, and regained the advantage, which they held to the end.

Jamaica coach Conrad Parkes said 'turnovers' were their main downfall. While England's coach, Crabtree, thought they were better in the first-half, but credited her team for withstanding the second-half pressure from the hosts.

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