One FOR SPICE MAS
Grenada U15 girls may be missing out on the carnival atmosphere in the Spice Isle but they sure POSSESSED the talent and ensured they did well in their SECTION following today’s victory it was a STAMPEDE celebrating with their favourite song BAT AH FLY
Goals in 7’, 39’ and 54’ were more than sufficient for the Grenada Spice Princesses to secure another victory in the bi-Annual CONCACAF U15 Girls tournament played today at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
Overseas based Nyah Hood opened the scoring for the Spice Girls in the seventh minute and could have had a hattrick in under twenty minutes. She had another saved off the line by a retrieving Anguilla defender and another which hit the upright. Grenada went into the intermission with a 1-0 lead.
Immediately following the resumption, Ruth Lewis coming on as a substitute found the net in the 39th minute when she intercepted a ball intended for a defender from the goalkeeper which she placed to the right of the Anguilla goalkeeper putting the local girls into a comfortable 2-0 lead.
Nyah Hood went unto the score sheet yet another time making it 3-0 in the 54th minute.
Grenada maintained the pressure throughout the second half until the 69’ when Anguilla’s star player Carla Johnson found the net bringing the score line closer.
The game ended 3-1 in favour of Grenada who maintained an unbeaten record. The girls scored 10 goals in their three matches and conceded only 2 finishing with a maximum 9 points and a goal average of 8.
Their performance is the best ever by a GRENADA female U15 team in the tournament. Their performance is synonymous to Kirani James winning his first International gold medal at the youth Olympics.
Grenada has a multiplicity of talents in many sporting disciplines but due to limited resources have not been able to capitalize on the advancing of its potentials. Some people are now saying that the recent success of the island’s U17 girls in 2017 as well as that team’s performance earlier this year in Trinidad where they played undefeated and narrowly missing out on qualification for the final round of competition may have been the motivation to this team success.
Vin Blaine, Technical Director for the GFA commended the coaching staff led by Alana Francois and assisted by Ariba Collins, both ladies themselves being former national players.
On speaking of the team’s performance, Blaine expressed appreciation for the players one hundred percent efforts and also extended thank you to the parents and coaches of the players.
“This was a holistic effort coming from many persons too much to mention” he said.
Blaine wants to have serious discussions with the ministries of Sports and Education to accommodate increased participation of girls in football on the island. He knows too well about the success he enjoyed as National Women’s coach of Jamaica and taking them to Previous CONCACAF and FIFA Tournaments.
Meanwhile the team has been showered with congratulatory messages from the island’s Prime Minister, Dr. The Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, Minister of Sports, Senator Norland Cox, GFA President Cheney Joseph and the entire executive committee as well as the footballing family of the association.
As if to say they were already aware of the appreciation expressed back home, the girls all sent their thank you in a video which has since gone viral.
Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago Football Association has expressed an interest to play the Spice Princesses in a series of games here in Grenada upon their return.
This is as a result of The Trinidadians not having an opportunity to attend the tournament due to US Visa issues which prevented the southern neighbors from attending.
The team is expected to play one last game tomorrow before returning home on Saturday. A welcoming activity is being planned for their return and Grenadians are encouraged to be present to welcome the youngsters home.