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Lady Jags Head Coach Mark Rodrigues has complimented his charges for a fine performance against CONCACAF powerhouse Canada when the two sides met in the feature game of Group B action in the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship on Thursday evening at the BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas.
Despite losing the match 5-0 to the Canadians Rodrigues believes that the players stuck to the game plan for the most part and that Canada was not able to impose their will on his side.
“I am really proud of the girls; they stuck to the game plan, understanding that we are managing a tournament game by game. They did what they had to do for the most part in the game, granted I would have liked the score to have been a bit lower, that was the aim but the girls did extremely well.”
Rodrigues believes that the result sets them up perfectly for the remaining two matches against Guatemala and Trinidad and Tobago tomorrow and Tuesday. Rodrigues did say that they have devised specific plans for each opponent and that that would be rolled out after each match is completed.
The other group match on Thursday saw Trinidad and Tobago coming back from a goal down to defeat Guatemala 2-1.
Against Guatemala and the Twin Island Republic the Coach says he is confident they’ll be successful while noting that Canada should not be too proud of their performance against Guyana.
“Our best players were matched up against their best players who are professional players and they were for a very large portion of the game matched pretty evenly.”
The team held a light recovery session yesterday ahead of plans for tomorrow’s match against Guatemala which will be the first of another double header. Guyana’s ‘Golden Jaguars’ the nation’s male team played against Guatemala and lost 0-2 in February 2012, the Lady Jags will be seeking to avenge that loss.
Rodrigues did take some time to recognize the outstanding players in the Canada match: “Ashlee Savona, Ashley Rodrigues, Justine Rodrigues and Briana De Souza were definitely
the outstanding players in the game. You know, 19 year-old Kailey Leila steeped in on the big stage and did an amazing job at left back and we are all proud of her.”
Goalkeeper Chante Sandiford also had an outstanding game bring off some blinding saves to keep Canada’s top striker, Captain Christine Sinclair at bay. Given what was displayed by the Guatemala team, the Lady Jags are well equipped to handle their challenge that the Central American side will bring to the BBVA Park tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Haiti’s Women’s National Coach, Shek Borkowski a friend of Rodrigues sent these words of encouragement after viewing the match against Canada.
“Good performance, you had your tactics right. You will do well against T&T and Guatemala, you only conceded three from open play and you can’t compare their human and financial resources to yours, very well done. I hope that GFF and the Guyana media recognize how well you did.”
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