Girls provide appetiser for tonight’s World Cup opener

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The inter-community tournament, which involves players who are nationals or first generation, starts at 6.30 pm.

Portuguese manager Nelio De Freitas said: ‘We are looking forward to the tournament, the response we have had has been great.

About 40 people wanted to play for Portuguese so we had a training session yesterday and selected our squad of 20.

‘Everybody is excited to be representing the country.’ Ireland coach Frank McNeaney said: ‘We’re really looking forward to the Blackhorse Offshore World Cup Tournament.

What a great concept, not only for the football fraternity but the community as a whole.

‘Unfortunately when the Sunday Soccer League folded a few years ago Jersey Irish also folded.

Who knows, with an initiative like this it may be a way forward for the likes of ourselves and the Polish to join the Portuguese and Scottish in the Coca-Cola Jersey Football Combination.’ Men’s group games will be played this week up to and including Tuesday 2 May.

Play-off matches will be played at Springfield on Wednesday and Thursday 3 and 4 May with the final on Sunday 7 May.

Yesterday the girls’ Year 7 and 8 tournament took place at the Hockey Club with England and Poland winning through to the final.

All girls’ play-off matches will precede the men’s play-off matches.

Jersey and Portugal will play off for fifth and sixth and Ireland and Scotland for third and fourth.

A total of 36 girls competed in the six-a-side event with development the winner with the introduction to the game of many players who are not currently involved with a club.

The two groups were closely contested with penalty shoot-outs deciding overall positions in both groups.

All countries in Group A finished on the same points with all teams winning and losing a game, resulting in positions decided on goal-difference.

Portugal scored two goals to place third.

England, represented by Alex Kelly, Jade Swann, Lisa Tréhiou, Rhea Butler, Holly Godfrey and Andre De Barross, beat Ireland on penalties to qualify for the final.

Ciara Giles and Sarah Finney impressed in Group B where Poland came out on top.

Scotland beat Jersey on penalties to qualify for the third and fourth place play-off.

The shoot-out when down to the last kick with Scottish goalkeeper producing a save to put her country through.

All girls will not have the opportunity to play at Springfield for the first time in the play-off matches.

Yesterday’s tournament was officiated by junior referees from the Jersey Football Referees’ Association.

The squad for the men’s game this evening are: Portuguese: Carlos Rebelo, Artur Calaca, Antonio Costa, Pedro Lopes, Victor Santos, Marco Varela, Gabriel Marques, Helio Freitas, José-Manuel Vieira, Yazalde Santos, Toni Cardoso, Marco Vieira, Roberto Fernandes, Kevin Gouveia, Fredie Mendes, Carlos Carolo, Daniel Maciel, Helder Pelagio, Sergio Carolo and Nuno.

Ireland: Greg Forster, Paul O’Reilly, Chris McNabb, Liam Whelan, Mark Brennan, Ray Grant, Colm Brady, Jerry O’Shea, Sean Doran, Ben Gallichan, Davy Murray, Graham White, Sean Paul Downey, Micky Kirk, Liam Kelly, Jason Byrne, Aaron Travers, David Brennan, Noel Kernan, Adam Flynn and Paul Lennon.

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