And hopefully Rose will LeFleur-ish with all of her future endeavours.
20 October 2019
As the Canadian national anthem started I put the hand on my chest, not realizing I was in fact representing the other side. As I slightly panicked I saw Chloe bursting out laughing behind me.
Of course I couldn’t hear the end of that during the entire game. 90 minutes long she kept teasing me with what happened earlier. It would have been a lot more awkward if we managed to lose the game.
Luckily enough, despite being very close, we did manage to grab the win. Perruzza got Canada firing 8 minutes in. Before Akinola managed to cancel out the Canada goal. Gianluca Busio grabbed the 2-1 soon after, which would also be the half-time score.
Ayo Akinola grabbed his second soon after the restart. Despite trying to overload our defence, Canada didn’t look like scoring at all. That is until a fluky corner was scored minutes before the final whistle by Reid. 3-2 would be the final score in a hard-fought match.
24 October 2019
“Congrats, you didn’t manage to screw up the national anthems this time.” whispered Chloe, who kept teasing me over my tiny mistake, throughout this game as well.
Not only could she enjoy making fun of my pain and embarrassment, but she would also enjoy a wonderful display of football by us. Akinola got us started in the 14th minute, before a Haji double made it 3-0 before the end of the first half.
We kept going where we left off in the second half, where Carleton,Furrlong and Servania would all score one to secure a 6-0 win over Haiti. Despite the 6-0 scoreline, we did struggle to create a lot of chances. The difference in quality helped us beat Haiti, but improvement could and should be made.
A hard-fought victory over Canada and an easy victory over Haiti shows the quality we have and how well we do against two of the arguably better sides. Both goals we did concede were unnecessary and due to a lack of concentration. Those goals can’t be conceded if we want to win the tournament. Despite the 9 goals we scored, we did struggle to create a lot of chances. The difference in quality helped us beat Canada, but improvement could and should be made.
CONCACAF U-20 Championship
As the tournament was fast approaching we’d enter the final stages of our preparation. We would open up against Saint Kitts and Nevis, before meeting the US Virgin Islands and Martinique. Then we’d face off against our best opposition in Curacao, before finishing the group against Saint Lucia.
Of course, we should be able to progress, but the fact only one team makes it through makes it tricky. Therefore, we can’t afford to slip up in any game.