‘Debu’ commends all-local Benna Boys following scoreless draw

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Antigua and Barbuda Football Association’s (ABFA) technical director, Rolston Williams, has commended the efforts of an all-local senior national team following their scoreless draw with Dominica here on Sunday.
The Benna Boys and the visiting Dominica team played to a nil-all draw when they met at the home for football, the Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG) on Sunday night, following their 1-1 draw against Caribbean powerhouse Jamaica Reggae Boyz last week in Jamaica.
Williams said that taking the age of the team into consideration, and the fact that a number of senior players like strikers Trevaughn “Peter Redz” Harriette and Stefan Smith were out of the squad, the all-local set-up worked pretty well.
“It’s a young team and most of the players are newcomers, and based on that I am quite satisfied as it pertains to the performance. There are some things that could have been done differently, but for so many first comers, I think that the guys did well,” he said.
Williams said he still believes, however, that the home team should have capitalised on a number of scoring opportunities to win the match.
“Peter [Byers] got a few chances that he should have put away, bearing in mind his calibre, so I thought that he squandered one or two easy ones. Dominica had to clear off their lines a couple of times, and a couple of balls [attempts] hit the crossbar a couple of times, so yes, we had the better looks in the game but were just unfortunate not to have capitalised,” the TD said.
The management opted to utilise an all-local squad given the unavailability of the overseas-based players as the match was being played outside of allocated FIFA dates. The encounter also presented an opportunity for a number of homegrown players to impress senior team selectors. 

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