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Williams says U-20 women adapting well

Thursday, April 20, 2017
T&T captain Kenwyne Jones celebrating his goal for Atlanta United on the weekend.

National Under-20 Women’s head coach Nicola Williams says that the pool of players currently in training are beginning to adapt to the type of training under the current team management since preparations commenced just under three months ago.

Williams, who is the assistant to Carolina Morace on the Senior Women’s Team, has been overseeing the Under -20 programme as the unit build towards the CONCACAF Final Round of Women Under 20 World Qualification which will be played in T&T in January.

“We are in the final weeks of the pre-season preparation for the team .We have had two matches against the boys team and one against the Venezuela senior women’s team which was very good for us,” Williams said.

“Now we have a commitment with a large squad of players and a routine that is established. We are training frequently and players are beginning to gel on and off the field so we are developing relationships with each other.

“One of our positives is that the players are coachable and adapting to the style of play we want to implement in T&T and we are continuing to build on this We have allowed players who have been in school and in exams to have a break over the Easter and then start back refreshed after the holiday period,” Williams added. Several of the Under 20 players are also involved in the training sessions with the Women’s Senior Team.


Atlanta boss

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino gave a solid review on Kenwyne Jones at the end of last Saturday’s MLS encounter in which the Trinidad and Tobago captain scored his first League goal for the club in a 2-1 defeat to Montreal Impact.

Jones was given his first start of the season and delivered with a workmanlike performance even though his team could not hold on to the lead he gave them in the 40th minute.

“I think he played a very good game,” Martino said. “I thought he put in a very good effort, and a very good game, even in addition to the goal. I think the whole team played a good game, having to play in different ways in the first half and in the second.”

Match reports indicated that Jones took his goal well and showed plenty of poise in a breakaway situation, he also won many aerial duels and helped Atlanta in possession with strong back-to-goal play.

“We can look to play more long balls to him,” Martino said. “He’s a completely different forward than what Josef is. Kenwyne is really physical, he’s good at holding the ball up, and he’s also good in the air.”

Jones later added: “I think we could have gotten all three points here today.We were dominating the game until the point of the penalty and the red card, but these things happen. We have to take these experiences and build on them. It felt good to get my first goal for the club but it would have better to get the result also.”


Dillon enjoys run out in FIFA/TTFA Goodwill match

Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon turned back the clock with an appearance in last Monday’s FIFA/TTFA Goodwill football match against a Government/Sportt representative team at Ato Boldon Stadium.

The former Defence Force football team manager geared up and took to the pitch for team photos with other guests including FIFA President Gianni Infantino, TTFA President David John-Williams, Minister of Sports Darryl Smith, Senior Team head coach Dennis Lawrence, Stern John, Russell Latapy, Clayton Ince, Leonson Lewis and others.

“It felt great. This kind of thing is marvellous. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is something we can set up and have on a more regular basis. You look out there and see some of the older heads still fit and with a good skill level. We can take this model and take it into the communities and play the game,” Dillon said after the match.

He also touched on the Senior Men’s team, saying, “I have a lot of faith in Dennis because I was the manager of the team for some time when he played for Defence Force. I have a lot of faith in him and the national team. I knew his skill and temperament and I think he has a lot to offer and I also think the team will do well.”


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