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Young Reggae Girlz look to bounce back against Costa Rica today

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter
ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, October 01, 2017

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After losing the first game 0-3, Jamaica's Under-17 Women's team would like to bounce back in the second and final game of their international friendly series against Costa Rica Under-17 Women's team at Winchester Park, St George's College, today.

The game is scheduled to kick off at 3:00 pm and patrons will have free entry to the game.

The Young Reggae Girlz were beaten in all departments in Friday's opening game played at The University of the West Indies/Jamaica Football Federation Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence, and left themselves with a mountain to climb to get back into the series.

Maria Paula Zuniga converted from the penalty spot on the brink of half time after Jamaica's goalkeeper Chelisa Schloss fouled a Costa Rican player inside the box to give the Central Americans a half-time advantage. Costa Rica were much more improved after the break and went 2-0 up through Carmen Rapaport in the 64th minute, before Captain Priscila Chinchilla put the icing on the cake in the 87th minute to give the Central Americans a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Toni Cowan, assistant coach for the young Reggae Girlz, said that the visitors had been disciplined in their approach, and stressed that her team needs to adjust in order to have a better game against the Central American outfit.

“The plan going into the final game will probably be the same as the first game. Like I said before, we had a very good first half against them [Costa Rica] and it is just how we are going to adjust as a team in terms of the gaps that we saw as coaches. We are going to come out on Sunday and I think that we are going to play well. I think we are going to have a better result on Sunday,” Cowan stressed.

Amelia Valverde, the Costa Rican coach, said that she was anticipating another good showing from her young girls, with the hope of ending the series on a high.

“We will go back and watch the video of Friday's game and have a meeting with the staff and decide on what we are going to do in terms of playing strategies.

“We are really happy with the girls and hope that this second game will be better. We are really happy and grateful to be here in Jamaica. I have seen growth in the young ladies and I hope for a good performance from them on Sunday,” Vaverde told the Jamaica Observer.

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