Winners Jamaica were great, but must improve - Price

By September 03, 2018
Jamaica were dominant but they will have to be even better when they face the likes of the USA and Canada in the final round of World Cup qualifiers. Jamaica were dominant but they will have to be even better when they face the likes of the USA and Canada in the final round of World Cup qualifiers.

Even as Jamaica celebrates its senior women’s football team winning the CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s qualifiers with a 6-1 drubbing of Cuba on Sunday, Assistant Coach Andrew Price said the team has to be even better if it is to advance from the final round of competition in the USA from October 4 to 17.

Jamaica, who hosted the tournament, went unbeaten in the tournament. They opened with a 9-0 drubbing of Antigua and Barbuda and then blanked Bermuda 4-0 before coming from behind to beat Trinidad and Tobago 4-1.

The rout of Cuba completed what was as a strong campaign from the local girls. However, Price, who is optimistic about his team’s chances of advancing from the CONCACAF Women’s Championships in the United States next month, said the girls have to raise their game if they are to get by the likes of USA, Canada, Mexico as well as Costa Rica and Panama.

“The performance of the team over the tournament was excellent. I think we put in a workman-like performance throughout. To play 360 minutes in eight days is a tremendous effort that needed a lot of concentration and fixity of purpose and I think the girls really displayed that with a professional attitude,” Price said.

“It gave us a good preview for getting the team to gel together.  I think some of the areas that we need to continue to work on is our conversion rate. Even though the team scored 23 goals, I think we could have been more clinical in front of goal and that is something that we are going to have to work on.

“Also, we are also going to have to work on lessening our turnovers because against quality teams you can’t turn over the ball as often we did against these opponents, and we know that we are going to be playing against tougher opposition when we move into the final round in the United States.”

Price said competing at the CAC Games earlier this year, where Jamaica played stronger opponents from Central and South America, helped prepare the women for the Caribbean qualifiers and will continue to help them in the final round.

“We matched up very well with a lot of the teams and I think that since May when we played our first qualifying competition in Haiti. The team has grown and they are maturing and they are understanding each other much better and I as we continue we should do well and I am very optimistic about the final round,” Price said.

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