Jamaicans here to test our girls

Cayman’s U17 girls have important
matches this weekend with a Jamaican team.

The Jamaica National Under 17 team
arrived on island this morning to play two international friendlies against our
own national Under 17 girls.

Both teams are closing the gap in
their preparations for the CONCACAF finals set for March 9 to 20 in San Jose, Costa
Rica.

The first game between the two
teams is slated to be played tonight at 7:30pm at the TE McField Sports Centre
(Annex). The second will be played on Sunday at 3pm just before the Premier
League games at 5pm and 7pm.

The last time both teams met was
last May at the Drax Hall Play field in St
Ann, Jamaica.
That game ended 3-2 in favour of the Jamaicans. It was the Cayman
Islands team that scored first in the ninth minute off the boots
of Nikki Ebanks followed by Shanice Montieth in the 31st minute.

At half time the teams were locked
at 2-2. In the second half Jamaica
got their third goal in the dying moments of the game. 

The Jamaican team will be led by
Head of Delegation Everton Tomlinson, Head Coach Vinimore Blaine, assistant coach
Xavier Gilbert, Team Manager Jean Nelson and team doctor Ivor O’Connor.

The players are: Shauntae Brown, Teola
Caine, Shanel Spence, Chris-Ann Chambers, Roheema Bennett, Remona Hyde, Sh’nell
Briscoe, Lotoya Duhaney, Davia Morrison, Nicole Broderick, Shenika Williams, Shanise
Foster, Trudi Carter, Shantel Graham, Natani Tomlinson-Traill, Renee Freeman,
Sashonna Bennett and Shantel Bailey.

The Cayman squad consists of Emily
Kelly, Jasmine Ebanks, Tacita Berry,
Brianna Hydes, Brittany Mobley, Amanda Nelson, Marissa McLaughlin, Chelsea
Bush, Alyssa Chin, Shanice Monteith, Chelsea Greene, Chelsea Brown, Shanelle
Frederick, Monique Roberts, Brittany Bodden, Kaela Ebanks, Xotchilt Watler,
Ashleigh Shim and Nikki Ebanks.

At the CONCACAF level in March, Jamaica will participate in group A which
consists of Canada Mexico and Panama.
Meanwhile Cayman competes in Group B and will face Haiti,
the US and Costa Rica. The
three top teams emerging from these eight teams will advance to the Women’s
Under 17 World Cup finals set for this summer in Trinidad.

The
Cayman girls qualified last December and have been undergoing technical training
under Technical Director Thiago Cunha and Head Coach Bobby McLaren since early
January.