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Morton: U-17s can top group

Bermuda's Under-17 national team have to top a group that includes Antigua and Barbuda and hosts Bahamas to advance to the next stage of the region's World Cup qualifiers.

Devarr Boyles' side, who play US tourists Carroll University at BFA Field tomorrow night, leave the Island this weekend for Bahamas where they will play two qualifying matches.

National Academy coach Morton admitted the Islanders were taking a trip into the unknown but was confident his team could progress to the next round.

“Obviously we're looking to advance; we're looking to breed a winning mentality in Bermuda football,” said Morton.

“Without knowing much about the opposition, I think it's important we concentrate on what we need to do. We have the best players that are available.”

Morton has challenged his young team to create a small piece of history by finishing top of the three-team group.

“We have an athletic group but they still have a lot of growing to do because the league structure hasn't been set up so they can come through.

“It's up to them to make some history and realise the magnitude of the tournament they are playing in.

“The higher they set the bar, the easier it is for us when the next generation come through.

“We're always trying to develop our game style and develop the players individually.”

Bermuda women's senior national team, who played in Olympic qualifiers last month, take on Carroll University, from Wisconsin, at BFA Field on Saturday and next Wednesday.

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Published August 10, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 10, 2011 at 10:11 am)

Morton: U-17s can top group

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