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VI U15 footballers defeat St Barth 3-1 in St Barth Cup 2019

- edged out 1-2 by Sint Maarten
The Virgin Islands Under-15 footballers put up an exceptional performance in the Richard Mille Cup held in St Barthelemy on Saturday June 22, 2019, defeating hosts St Barthelemy 3-1 and narrowly losing to [Dutch] Sint Maarten 1-2. Photo: BVIFA/Facebook
SAINT-JEAN, St Barthelemy- The Virgin Islands Under-15 footballers put up an exceptional performance in the Richard Mille St Barth Cup held in St Barthelemy on Saturday June 22, 2019.

In their first game, the Virgin Islands team handsomely defeated St Barthelemy 3-1 but narrowly lost to [Dutch] Sint Maarten 1-2.

Sheldon Toney, Tai Thomas and Michael Palladino were the goal scorers for the Virgin Islands in their win over St Barthelemy.

Kyky Williams was the lone goal scorer for the Virgin Islands in the loss to Sint Maarten.

Disciplined performance

Head coach Paul Whelan was delighted with the VI boys’ overall performance.

"Despite only being together for short time it was a disciplined performance. Bearing in mind how young our side was, they coped well.”

Assistant National Team Head Coach Dan Neville, who travelled with the squad to assess performances ahead of future national selection, added, “It was great to see the under 15’s embracing the same ethos and philosophy as the senior team. They played out from the back even at key stages of the game and showed a bravery and assurance in possession we are looking to at the senior level.”

Coach Neville made it clear that the U15 team is in its growth stage in preparation for their move up to the Men’s level and to that end substitutions were used in game two to ensure more players got a feel of play at a higher level.

“This move enabled the St Maarten team to seize the advantage and score early in the first half. The BVI regrouped and despite the overall loss achieved their objectives over the weekend playing a stronger second half than their opponents with Kyky Willams finding the back of the net. Credit must be given to local coaches Paul Whelan and Richie Morton who did a great job in a short space of time putting the team together," Neville remarked.

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