Gillie’s troops in action again

The national U23 football team will be in action again this week.

The squad is set to face Bodden Town tomorrow night at 7:30pm.

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Theron Wood is in the squad. Photo: Matthew Yates

Ed Bush Play Field in West Bay will be the site of the match.

The match will be the first of the year for the national U23 squad and is one of six local matches planned for this year.

The games serve as a way of preparing Cayman’s young footballers for the plethora of international competitions upcoming.

Among the bigger ones mentioned by National U23 Coach Ernie ‘Gillie’ Seymour were the 2011 U17 and U20 Junior World Cup qualifiers and 2012 Olympic qualifiers which take place in 2011 as well.

The national side has been in good form leading up to tomorrow’s match.

The squad drew with East End three all at the Annex Field in George Town on 3 December.

Gabriel Godet, Gavin Watson Jr. and Mark Ebanks put themselves into space well in that game and each slotted home convincing goals.

After that the side would garner another draw, this time two all with a Scholars select side at the Ed Bush Field.

The U23 team would benefit from a Scholars defensive miscue for an own goal and a goal from Tex Whitelocke.

In tomorrow’s match there will be a couple of key players to look out for.

Gabe McLaughlin Jr. has been a steady force in midfield for the team. McLaughlin Jr has been in almost every match and has done his part to give his team the advantage in time of possession.

His decision-making, control and passing are big reasons why the team continues to hold its own at either end of the field.

Ramon Sealy is one of Cayman’s best young athletes. He’s tall, agile and has good vision of the field.

His reflexes and sure hands are the reasons why he’s not easily flustered in goal. BT might test him often and early but look for Sealy to stand tall.

Donald Solomon Jr is a good defender that has the footwork and tenacity to stick with fast forwards.

Solomon Jr is also a multi-faceted player who can play goal-keeper on occasion. His concentration and fortitude however will be key for the side to weather whatever storm BT might bring their way.

Of course Godet, Watson Jr. and Ebanks will be a big part of the offense. Their runs and crosses will be vital to get the U23 team on the score sheet.

According to previous comments from Coach Gillie the squad got markedly better with each game.

He said he saw many mistakes in defense for the East End match though he felt the passing at that point was good.

For the Scholars match Coach Gillie felt the team created a lot of scoring chances, the central defense held up well and Sealy did a great job to allow just two goals.

The next set of games for the U23 side will be next month.

Wednesday 4 February will see the team take on North Side at 7:30pm at the Annex Field.

From there the squad plays Latinos on Wednesday 18 February. Ed Bush Field will host all of the action from 7:30pm.