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VI squad gets 'walloped' in Jamaica CFU bid

VI under-14 squad gets 'walloped' in Jamaica CFU bid. Photo: Provided
KINGSTON, Jamaica, WI - The Virgin Islands’ (VI) national U14 football team lost 4-0 to Barbados in their first encounter of the Caribbean Football Union championships held at the Paul Spaulding Stadium, last Saturday, August 18, 2018.

The VI boys created the seemingly better chances throughout the first half but conceded a goal against the run of play on a direct counter attack from Barbados.

In the second half, VI came out with a positive attitude determined to get back out and to positively affect the game in any way they could since as a team, unfortunately, an unforeseen, and injury to captain Michael Palladino forced the coaches to reshuffle the rear.

Shortly after, two back-to-back goals by Barbados, left the VI squad with a proverbial mountain to climb.

Further squad rotations were made experimented with the second half  to no avail, as the final whistle blew at 4-0.

Game II

Game two against Jamaica on Monday August 20, 2018, proved to be a physical 'battle' in which the VI squad held their own for the first half, forcing mistakes from the ‘impressive’ Jamaican side.

The closing moments of the first half however, saw a ‘questionable’ offside call that was appealed but not given. 

The Jamaican under-14 'Reggae Boys' took full advantage of the situation to put the hosts 1-0 up.

The squad later capitalised on what appeared to be a communication mishap on the field among the VI boys, bringing the score to 2-0

As the game played on, the now confident Jamaican side challenged the resilience of the VI side setting even more, setting an insurmountable goal count.

Four more goals were had by the Jamaicans and despite another questionable offside and foul not awarded in favour of the VI, the game ended 6-0 in favour of the host nation Jamaica.

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