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Jersey seek to end dismal U21 Muratti run

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JERSEY will look to avoid an unwanted record of five consecutive defeats in the Ambassadeur Bowl U21 Muratti tomorrow afternoon.

Football at Springfield .U21 Muratti final .Trophy winners Guernsey . Picture: TONY PIKE. (24396662)

There will be added pressure on the hosts at Springfield for the 2pm kick-off, as a home defeat to Guernsey would lead to a piece of history that Jersey would not want. In 30 years of U21 Muratti football neither island has ever lost five in a row.

Seven of last year’s Caesarean squad will be especially keen to put on a good showing to avenge last season’s 3-2 defeat in Guernsey.

Jersey’s last success was in 2014 – 2-0 following goals by Karl Hinds and Bradley Stratford.

Guernsey retain 11 from last year, including scorers Charlton Gauvain and Will Fazakerley and fellow Guernsey FC players Tom Dodds and Jordan Kelly.

Robbie Legg could also feature having recovered from a cruciate knee ligament injury that has sidelined him since December 2017.

Jersey manager Paul Renton said: 'We were slow starters last year and we’ll be looking for a good start this time.'

'We’ve got a hard-working group who have a good attitude and they’re looking forward to the game.

'With Guernsey’s record we will go in as underdogs, but we’ll certainly be looking to win.

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'We’ve had 12 sessions together, we played two games against Northern Ireland and one each against the senior Island team and Grouville.

'If we take into the game what we’ve worked on that will be great and it’s important that everyone performs on the day.'

Guernsey currently lead the series 17-13.

Jersey: Dan Birrell (JTC Jersey Wanderers), Xavier Sundby (St Clement), Brad Le Mercier, Max Rivers, Harry Lloyd (Grouville), Sol Solomon, James Carr, Jake Prince (St Peter), Harry Curtis, Sam Masefield, Declan O’Connell, Joe Kilshaw (St Paul’s), Evan Nobes, Jody Byrne, Dane McCormick (St Ouen) and Luca Margaroli (St Brelade).

Guernsey: Jordan Kelly, Lorcan Smith, Tyler McKane, Tom Dodds, Colton Fletcher, Louis Graham, Louis Falla, Ben Le Tocq, Ben Bullock, Aiden McKay, Harry Henderson, Charlton Gauvain, Fin Whitmore, Will Fazakerley, Jack Medhurst, Robbie Legg, Martin Savident and Miles Hardill.

Andy Bradshaw

By Andy Bradshaw
Sports Reporter

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