Girls hunt the clincher

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Robert Bai­ley Gleaner Writer

JA­MAICA’S SUN­SHINE Girls will be aim­ing to clinch the three-Test se­ries against Eng­land when they take on the hosts in Game Two today in Manch­ester. Match time is 2:45 p.m. (Ja­maica time). The Sun­shine Girls lead the se­ries 1-0 fol­low­ing their easy 66-49 vic­tory in the open­ing con­test on Tues­day. The Ja­maicans, who are ranked fourth in the world, one place be­low Eng­land, are seek­ing their first se­ries vic­tory over their op­po­nents in more than three years.

Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, who made an im­pres­sive re­turn to the Sun­shine Girls set=up with 49 goals from 56 in the open­ing game, will once again lead Ja­maica’s charge for vic­tory today.

Sun­shine Girls as­sis­tant coach Sash­erGaye Henry said that they are very de­ter­mined to wrap up the se­ries today.

“It is a very im­por­tant game for us,” said Henry. We re­ally need to limit the er­rors we made in the first game, and once we do that, then I know that we will again come out the win­ners,” said Henry.

“How­ever, we are not go­ing to take our op­po­nents lightly be­cause we know that they are go­ing to come out much stronger than they did in the first game. But we are pre­pared for this, and the girls are con­fi­dent, and they are look­ing for­ward to giv­ing of their best,” Henry added.

The Sun­shine Girls are ex­pected to re­tain the same start­ing line that got the bet­ter of Eng­land in the open­ing game. Fowler-Reid will be joined by goal at­tack Shan­ice Beck­ford in the shoot­ing cir­cle; Khadi­jah Wil­liams will take her po­si­tion at wing at­tack; vet­eran Paula Thomp­son will start at cen­tre.

Van­gelee Wil­liams, at wing de­fence, Stacey-Ann Facey (goal de­fence), and Sham­era Ster­ling (goal­keeper) will lead the Sun­shine Girls’ de­fen­sive unit.


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