Young Warriors Football Club is on a tour of Montserrat with its Under 15 and Under 10 teams until Sunday 16th July, 2017. The 25-member squad which comprises of 23 players and two officials left Antigua and Barbuda on Thursday evening on the Montserrat Ferry. The Montserrat Football Association, through the instrument mentality of his head coach, George Dublin, the former Antigua and Barbuda National Team captain and defender, invited Young Warriors to the Emerald Isle.
Dublin, who is preparing the Montserrat Under 15 team for the CONCACAF tournament next month, has been inviting Antiguan youth teams such as Willikies for friendly matches to gauge his players readiness.
Young Warriors will play the Montserrat U15s and U10s in two separate matches on Friday and Sunday. Senator Colin James, the President of Young Warriors, said his club eagerly accepted the invitation to tour the neighbouring island as a great opportunity for the youngsters to test their skills against their rivals. “This is an excellent football initiative for my young developing players who I’m confident will give a good account of themselves and represent Antigua & Barbuda proudly,” said Senator James, a CONCACAF-licensed coach.
Apart from the President, the other official is Morriette Anthony, the Club’s secretary, who will also serve as the cook on tour. The fourteen U15 and nine U10 players took part in two friendly matches on Sunday and Wednesday this week and hail from the communities of All Saints, Swetes, Follies, John Hughes, Buckleys and other villages in Antigua. The tour is costing Young Warriors about EC$10,000 in ferry fees, meals and other expense and the club would like to thank the government agencies, businesses, parents and individuals who have contributed so far. The club also staged a fundraising luncheon at Judgment Square to defray expenses.