Jersey serve England well

REGIONS Cup manager Craig Culkin emerged from an England dressing room in an upbeat and positive frame of mind despite the 2-1 reversal at the hands of the Republic of Ireland Amateurs at Home Farm’s neat ground at Whitehall on Saturday afternoon.

Jay Reid, far left and James Scott rise to the challenge against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Saturday afternoon
Jay Reid, far left and James Scott rise to the challenge against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Saturday afternoon

REGIONS Cup manager Craig Culkin emerged from an England dressing room in an upbeat and positive frame of mind despite the 2-1 reversal at the hands of the Republic of Ireland Amateurs at Home Farm’s neat ground at Whitehall on Saturday afternoon.

He pointed to a lack of match practice for a below par opening half but the side representing England grew in stature and desire once Jack Cannon’s sublime freekick on the stroke of half-time threw them a lifeline.

Said Culkin: 'I’m really pleased with a great second half performance from our lads. I was a bit disappointed in how we conceded the goals in the first half because it was stuff we had been worked on, but it was a good game and a learning curve for our boys – especially our younger players in preparation for San Marino.'

'The goal just before the break gave us that little injection of life that we needed and it gave us belief so we could start the second half on the ascendancy ,’ added the manager.

Full report and analysis in Monday's JEP