Barbados defeat St. Maarten in U15 friendly

Barbados U15 Team

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The St. Maarten U15 Boys’ team went down 6-0 to the Barbados in the fifth and final match of their Caribbean tour. The match was played at Wildey Astro Turf at the Barbados Football Association’s headquarters on July 5.

Guidarie Burton, head coach of St. Maarten said, “We approach each game on an objective basis; our objective was to high press as a team and, in the second half, to defend, but obviously some individual mistakes cost us the game.”

Nadre Butcher capitalized on one such mistake as soon as the 3rd minute to give Barbados an early lead. Center-back Shay Prescod followed up with a goal in the 27th minute ahead of Janash Jaunai in the 32’ from a corner-kick to the delight of his Head Coach Mario Harte.

“I was very happy that, today, one of our goals came by way of a corner-kick because we have worked on set pieces for a while now, and it was great to see us execute what we did in training.” 
Ryan Lashley and Aaron Cumberbatch then buried the hopes of the St. Maarten team with two lightning fast goals seconds apart in the 36th minute. Barbados would take the 5-0 lead into the halftime break.

The second half looked to be a different match as the St. Maarten team proved to be a more formidable opponent. Opting for a defensive strategy against the attacking Barbados team, they only slipped once when Khamai Cox scored in the 60th minute to make it 6-0.

“The opponents were a little better than us individually, but we did not capitalize on the few chances we got,” Burton said. He also praised the Barbadians’ style of play. “Obviously, I could see their cohesion and how comfortable they were on the ball as well as their conditioning. We now have to go back and evaluate these games then make our final preparations for the Concacaf U15 in Florida.”
Harte, meanwhile, said although his team dealt competently with St. Maarten, work remains. “In our other practice games this summer, we are going to continue executing what we have been training so that we build momentum and confidence going into the Concacaf U15 Boys’ Championship.”

“At this time, we are researching our opposition as it is a challenging group being in Division 1,” Harte said.  Barbados is grouped with Costa Rica, Jamaica and Portugal. Harte expects Portugal to be the toughest opponent, given the country’s impressive football renown.