Under-17 girls must improve, says coach

first_imgCoach of the Jamaica Under-17 girls, Lorne Donaldson, says the players must improve if they are to make it to the World Cup finals, in Jordan, next year.The young Reggae Girlz came through the first round of the CFU Under-17 women World Cup qualifiers in Suriname quite comfortably last week beating Barbados 2-1, hammering St Lucia 14-0, and then scored a 1-0 win over the home team.Speaking to the media after the team arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport on Monday, Donaldson described the tournament as challenging but thought the standard of the region’s teams is very low.However, he said the coaching staff continues to work on getting the team up to the appropriate level for the second round in Puerto Rico in November.”It was an average tournament. We are now working to raise the level of our play,” he commented.new thingsDonaldson claims they have taught a lot of new things to the girls and admitted that sometimes the learning curve can be lengthy and tedious. But apart from improving the current squad, he thinks they also need better players if they want to make a historical appearance at the World Cup.’We are trying to teach and it’s going to be a long learning process. It takes years and months for this to happen, as the learning curve is very steep and we just have to move fast and get better,” he added.Meanwhile, captain Rachel Walters described their final match against the host nation as nerve-wracking and said they had to dig deep for that result.”The Suriname crowd was like the 12th man out there and we were up against the whole nation, but we just went out and stuck to our game plan, and that made us victorious,” she added.last_img read more

Pellegrini laments Manchester City’s ‘surprise’ defeat to Stoke

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini conceded it was a ‘surprise’ for his side to lose 1-0 to Stoke at the Etihad Stadium. The Blues dominated possession and chalked up 17 shots, but it was the Potters who emerged victorious when former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf found the winner with a brilliant 70-yard run and finish.It was a historic day for the visitors, who had lost their 12 previous visits to the Etihad and had not even scored a goal against City in the Premier League.And Pellegrini said following the defeat: “It was a surprise but this sometimes happens during the year. We tried everywhere to find the space to score but we couldn’t and then they score just once on the counter-attack and won the game.”There was a late shout for a penalty when Yaya Toure went down, but referee Lee Mason booked the Ivorian for diving – a decision which confused Pellegrini.“It was a clear penalty but he didn’t whistle so what’s important is the opinion of the referee, not what I think,” the Chilean added.last_img read more