BVIFA U15 Team reach Division 3 final at CONCACAF Championship

By the BVI Football Association

The BVI boys U15 Football Squad. Photo: Provided

The boys, having surpassed expectation to reach the Division 3 final in the CONCACAF U15 Boys Championship, found French Guyana too hot to handle on Saturday, 19, August at the IMG Academy, Florida losing 6-0.

The first half was an evenly matched affair, with perhaps the French Guyana team a little wasteful in front of goal, but the BVI also had chances to score and who knows how different the outcome would have been if a late one-on-one with the keeper had gone in for the BVI.

As it was, the BVI boys had given their all to match the French Guyana team who appeared fitter and had a slight technical edge and, despite making several changes during the second half to stem an ever increasing flow of attacks, the boys wilted in the heat of the day and conceded six goals.

Finishing as Group J Champions, in itself was beyond the hopes of even the most ardent supporter or parent, of which several made the trip to the Tournament.

To end as runners up in Division 3 was a great achievement as captain, Guillaume Parkins noted, “they were fitter definitely, but we had a few opportunities that just didn’t end up in the back of the net. We could have played better overall, but I am pleased with how we did and it is what it is. We need to move the ball quicker, get fitter and come back stronger, but take nothing away from us as we had a great tournament”

In earlier group play the BVI boys beat Montserrat 8-2 as Bailey Rowe again led the front line with skill and an insatiable desire for goals, netting four times in a first half onslaught that also saw Tyler Forbes scoring twice and Luka Chalwell once.

“It is a good experience playing with this team and scoring four goals was excellent,” commented Rowe.

Coming out of the first half break leading 7-1, the coach was able to rest players and protect those on yellow cards from possibly missing out on the final game.

Marcus Butler added another goal though and the final score was 8-2.

Goalkeeper, Alexander Keen, who virtually has had a ringside seat for the big victories, was also full of praise for the team. “The team has done really well, especially scoring 19 goals in three games, that’s pretty impressive at any level,” he said.

Keen was also eager to add that he had three assists in the victory against Montserrat and was quite happy with his “worldly pings”, which is smashing the ball as far as you can and hoping the forwards latch onto the ball and do something with it, like scoring goals.

The Turks and Caicos team were soundly thrashed, 7-3.  Even though the BVI coach, Marcos Falopa, made four changes to the team that started the 4-0 win over Anguilla, the new faces quickly put any doubts about the result to rest with a dominant display.

By half time the BVI were already 3-0 ahead after goals from Charles Medway (2) and Bailey Rowe.

Rowe would then make it 4-0 from the penalty spot early in the second half and complete his hat trick the other side of a Marcus Butler goal to make it 6-0.

Several substitutions ensued and the Turks and Caicos boys pulled a goal back before Kahil Farrington made it 7-1 with a powerful header.

Farrington noted that he was surprised to score. “I knew I made good contact, but didn’t realise it was going in. We have now had two good wins and should make it to the finals,” he said.

The Tournament began for the BVI with a comfortable 4-0 win over Anguilla.

The game, played in blistering heat at the IMG Academy in Bradeton, Florida, began at a slow pace, but it was the BVI boys who were soon in the ascendancy as, after a spate of chances that went begging, Miguel Marshall fired home to open the scoring.

The BVI lead was soon doubled as Tyler Forbes rose high at the far post to get his head to a Luka Chalwell Cross.

Forbes then made it 3-0 early in the second half as he surprised everyone, spinging the off-side trap and flicking the ball past the Anguillan goalkeeper.

Number 4 came from the boot of Marcus Butler and the game was all over.

The full squad included Declan Rose, Alexander Keen, Alejandro Santos, Giovanni Grant, Denvin Jones, Glenford Prentice, Shamsi Dore, Luka Cherwell, Kahlil Farrington, George Rowe, Robert Medway, Miquel Marshall, Marcus Butler, Tyler Forbes, Jalen Prentice, Jake Forbes and Justin Smith.

Coach, Marcos Falopa, Assistant Coaches, Richie Morton and Dan Neville. Physio, Sheldon Harry