Jamaica: JHF's Under-21s crush President's XI |
January 26, 2005
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Jamaica Observer, Jamaica
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The Jamaica Hockey Federations' Under-21 squad had an impressive display in their opening encounter of their two-match simulation with a 6-1 victory over a JHF President's XI.
National representative Nicholas Beach opened the scoring in the third minute with an easy flick into an empty goal.
With awesome speed and agility on the counter attack, the Under-21s continued their foray on the President's XI with Papine High schools' Jerome Davis scoring in the 12th, 20th and 25th minutes, with well-executed shot selections.
National representative and captain Kishawn Smith scored in the 31st minute with a move that saw the Under-21 midfield and strikers in a cheeky display of speed and passing that mesmerised the President's XI defence and goalkeeper and allowed Smith to slot home, ending the half 5-0.
The second half saw the President's XI coming to grips with the midfield play of the U-21, but former national goalkeeper Richard Shaw was called upon to make some crucial saves. Davis was on target again with another well-executed goal in the 43rd minute.
The President's XI had the U-21s under pressure for extended periods, and it finally paid off with national representative Richard Brown, unmarked at the far post, scoring in the 60th minute.
The match had a truly international flavour with umpire Sean Nieves of Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados' CAC & Commonwealth Games national player Kwame Emmanuel, along with Dentonio McClean in action.
The technical officials were completed by international umpire Erica Chambers, judges Yahnique Barrett and Valerie Hall.
Chambers and Barrett will be doing duties in the Women's Junior Pan Am Championships in Puerto Rico in March.
The second match will be at the JHF Mona facility today at 7:00 pm.
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