Young Sunshine Girls level series

August 10, 2016
Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer England centre Amy Carter (left) is challenged from behind by Jamaica's centre Titanya Blackstock during second quarter action of Game Two of their five-match Under-21 series at the National Indoor Sports Centre last night. Jamaica won 43-35 to level the series at 1-1.

Jamaica's Under-21 team levelled their five-match friendly netball series against England Under-21 at 1-1 yesterday following a convincing 43-35 victory over the tourists at the National Indoor Sports Centre.

After a 47-43 loss in the first game on Monday evening, the young Sunshine Girls played a more aggressive match yesterday.

Simone Gordon led the way for Jamaica with 19 goals from 24 attempts, while her team-mate Hasana Williams contributed 21 goals from 26 attempts. For England, Amy Gordon finished on 14 goals from 20 attempts, Lucy Stevenson had nine goals from 15 and Lucy Parize ended on eight goals from 14.

Jamaica's coach Conrad Parks said the team improved after the opening game loss but there was still room for improvement.

"We never held position on Monday, so we rotated and gave a better effort tonight. We are still not satisfied but it is a development programme and a good level of competition playing against England," Parks told STAR Sports.

Meanwhile, England's head coach, Jan Crabtree, said her team will come stronger in the next game.

"I think Jamaica played better. It was difficult as we blooded some players. Now, we have to regroup and come much stronger for the third game on Thursday," Crabtree pointed out.

Tomorrow's third game will also be played at the National Indoor Sports Centre. Match time is 7 p.m.

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