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Greens all white for Muratti Vase final?

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GUERNSEY may very well play in their lucky white in Saturday’s Muratti Vase final.

Guernsey's U18 and U21 Muratti players have already won while wearing the GFA's 125th anniversary kit ... could the seniors follow suit? Picture: ROB CURRIE

The Sarnians have already won the U18 and U21 age-group Murattis in the specially-designed GFA 125 all-white kit with green flashes, and they could yet attempt a hat-trick against Jersey this weekend as they look to make use of their anniversary investment.

The Guernsey FA have yet to comment on the issue, but it seems quite likely that for the first in living memory, the Sarnians won’t run out in green or predominantly green shirts.

Not that the colour of the kit is a concern for manager Chris Tardif, who saw his squad dispense with the visiting Upton Park FC side 4-0 in their final warm-up last weekend.

Tardif was delighted with the performance and although he smiled when the question of a three-man defence was brought up, it would now seem very likely that he will start with the all-GFC Frank Tobin-Jamie Dodd-Thomas Dodds combination against Jersey.

‘We played three at the back today, so we’ll see,’ said Tardif.

‘It worked out exactly as we wanted it to do in terms of what we wanted to achieve from the game. The result was good but it was more than just the result, it was about working on a couple of different positions and working on scenarios within the game.

‘Obviously [in the Muratti] there is going to be more pressure, but if the guys play with that freedom and that expression, I think we’ve got every opportunity to win.’

It is understood that the GFA Board have yet to make a final decision on what strip to wear but Tardif understands the decision has already been made and the side will wear the 125 kit.

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‘The players really like it,’ he said.

‘I don’t care, as long as we win,’ added a man who also revealed that as he is colour blind, green and red shirts were always the worst for him to sight as a goalkeeper, and that white will do fine for him.

‘On a purely selfish point of view I’m pleased as the Muratti was always difficult for me.

‘I understand people are going to be calling to follow history and play in green, but the response [to white] from the players has been great.’

Jason Fox

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