More chances but Under-17 draw with Cuba

February 27, 2017
Andrew Edwards

Jamaica's under-17 team coach Andrew Edwards Edwards says creating chances is a positive and they will have to improve on that for the next game following the team's 1-1 draw with Cuba in the first of their two friendly games at Winchester Park yesterday.

Ribaldo Roldan put Cuba ahead from the penalty spot eight minutes into the second-half and Ricardo McIntosh cancelled that effort with a compose finish on 70 minutes.

In was a fairly competitive contest, the young Boyz were clearly the better team and had more and better chances to win.

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 with the United States, Mexico and El Salvador in the CONCACAF final round.


Cause for concern


"I have mixed feelings about the game. In the first period we had problems coming out of the back; we were not smooth and fluid, but we created nine chances in the first period and put away zero and that is a major cause for concern," he said.

"It doesn't matter how good an opponent is, if you are creating clearances and put away these chances, you are going to increase your confidence," he added.

"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.

"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.

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