Youngsters net six

The national U23 football team won in impressive fashion last week.

The squad took down a select side from North Side 6-0 at the Annex Field in George Town.

The squad got off to a flying start from the first half netting four goals by halftime.

At the same time the defense stood firm and allowed little chances to North Side.

Even with such a big lead in the second half National U23 Coach Ernie Gillie Seymour urged the team to press forward.

The result would be two additional goals and utterly lop-sided victory.

As the score-sheet would show the youngsters had offense from many sources. Donald Solomon Jr scored on a penalty kick, Andre McFarlane scored a goal and West Bayers Theron Wood and Mark Ebanks each netted a pair.

Goalkeeper Ramon Sealy also deserves special mention. Not long after coming back from a cricket tour in Argentina Sealy would step in between the pipes for a clean sheet.

In spite of the score-line North Side was able to garner a few positive showings in the game, namely good play from Fabio Gall.

Gall, who also plays for the national U17 team, showed good control with the ball and passed well.

Coach Gillie saw the match as a statement game for his team.

‘We played pretty well though it wasn’t one of our best matches. Some of these teams need to get top-class competition. I think we showed them that we, as a national team, are a class above them.’

A few notable players were absent including Tex Whitelocke (sick), Dave McLaughlin Jr (injured) and Gabriel Godet.

Seymour went on to say in spite of the missing players the boys that came out showed good football skills.

‘A couple boys were down sick and as a result I had a ‘skeleton group’ to work with.

‘The boys out there showed a good understanding of passing the ball around and the key players communicated to the other guys better.’

The next game for the U23 side will be next Wednesday 18 February when it faces Latinos. The Annex Field will be the site of the match at 7:30pm.