09:00AM, Friday 02 April 2021
Rohan Ince and James Comley represented Montserrat in CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers this week, while clubmate Jerry Wiltshire featured for the British Virgin Islands and Windsor’s Luke Paris and Burnham’s Kian Duncan were in action for Anguilla after spending time in quarantine.
Ince made his senior international debut for the Emerald Boys in their Group A ‘Leeward Islands derby’ match against Antigua & Barbuda on Wednesday last week with the tie finishing 2-2.
The result looked a creditable one on paper for Montserrat, but Comley described it as a ‘disappointing performance’. His side took the lead twice through a brace from Nottingham Forest’s well-travelled striker Lyle Taylor, but Antigua fought back for a draw.
Montserrat then faced El Salvador on Sunday night, a team which has qualified for two World Cups in 1970 and 1982 and are one of the favourites to top Group A. They fought to the final whistle, with Taylor scoring an 89th minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw. Comley once again started the game alongside Ince, but the former Brighton player was forced off after 20 minutes and the Magpies will be keen to know the circumstances for his withdrawal, or extent of his injury, as they look ahead to this weekend’s matches at Weymouth on Friday and home to Eastleigh on Monday.
Montserrat, which has a population of just 4,649, are ranked 183rd in the FIFA rankings but have made a bright start to this qualification campaign. They’ve drawn their opening two qualifiers and sit fourth in the table ahead of matches against the US Virgin Islands (June 2) and Grenada (June 8). Ex-Magpies Adrian Clifton and Dean Mason also featured for the Emerald Boys.
Wiltshire’s British Virgin Islands side were beaten 3-0 by Guatemala on Saturday night while Magpies defender also started Monday’s 3-0 defeat to St Vincent & the Grenadines.
Paris and Duncan’s Anguilla, the second worst ranked side in world football behind San Marino, were beaten 6-0 by the Dominican Republic in Group D and are yet to win a competitive fixture. Windsor’s Paris played the full 90s. Anguilla were then narrowly beaten 1-0 by Barbados in another qualifer on Tuesday. Paris, Duncan and Langley’s Calvin Morgan all started and they looked set to claim a precious point until Barbados netted the game’s only goal in the 81st minute.
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