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By Carlena Knight

By Carlena Knight

The Under-15 Benna Boys latest 5-0 win over Aruba in the CONCACAF Under-15 tournament yesterday at the IMG Academy in Florida has improved Antigua and Barbuda’s chances of advancing from Division Three to Two.

Joylan Sinclair recorded a brace for the victors while teammates Dajun Barthley, Tyrik Thwaites and Tarek Charles also found the back of the net.

This follows a 3-2 win over St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Head Coach Desmond “Zico” Bleau spoke of the team’s performance in their latest match.

“It was a good result, not just in terms of score-line, but in terms of how the boys played. Sometimes there can be a letdown after a good game and so we were mindful of that. Our main objective today was to keep the intensity level high, keep the quality high so that we didn’t get carried away from the victory against St. Vincent and so what we sought to do for the last couple of days was to get them refocused, re-energized and coming out today against an opponent we weren’t necessarily familiar with, the boys did good today.”

The former national player also spoke on the improvements made by the players in just a year.

“There has been tremendous improvement, not only in terms of the additional players that we brought in because last year myself and Pin-Up [Auchland Jarvis] identified some troublesome areas. One of the things we were keen on this time around is ensuring that those positions are filled so when we make changes the quality doesn’t drop and that was evident from the game today.

“We made some changes at halftime and we went from a 2-nil margin to winning the game 3-0, so ultimately, the biggest improvement for us on the physical side of the ball, and I must give our physio and trainer tremendous credit. The boys are in good shape.”

The young Benna Boys will face Martinique in their final Group H match today at 9:00 a.m. 

The Under-15 Benna Boys latest 5-0 win over Aruba in the CONCACAF Under-15 tournament yesterday at the IMG Academy in Florida has improved Antigua and Barbuda’s chances of advancing from Division Three to Two.

Joylan Sinclair recorded a brace for the victors while teammates Dajun Barthley, Tyrik Thwaites and Tarek Charles also found the back of the net.

This follows a 3-2 win over St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Head Coach of the team, Desmond “Zico” Bleau spoke on the team’s performance in their latest match.

“It was a good result, not just in terms of score-line, but in terms of how the boys played. Sometimes there can be a letdown after a good game and so we were mindful of that. Our main objective today was to keep the intensity level high, keep the quality high so that we didn’t get carried away from the victory against St. Vincent and so what we sought to do for the last couple of days was to get them refocused, re-energized and coming out today against an opponent we weren’t necessarily familiar with, the boys did good today.”

The former national player also spoke on the improvements made by the players in just a year.

“There has been tremendous improvement, not only in terms of the additional players that we brought in because last year myself and Pin-Up [Auchland Jarvis] identified some troublesome areas. One of the things we were keen on this time around is ensuring that those positions are filled so when we make changes the quality doesn’t drop and that was evident from the game today.

“We made some changes at halftime and we went from a 2-nil margin to winning the game 3-0, so ultimately, the biggest improvement for us on the physical side of the ball, and I must give our physio and trainer tremendous credit, the boys are in good shape.”

The young Benna Boys will face  Martinique in their final Group H match today at 9:00 a.m. 

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