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International round-up: Young goalkeeper shines in historic victory!

27 March 2024

Club News

International round-up: Young goalkeeper shines in historic victory!

27 March 2024

The most recent international break saw three Town players head out across the globe to represent their respective countries!

Young goalkeeper Frankie Beckles was called up for his first-ever international appearances with the British Virgin Islands, while Nohan Kenneh and on-loan striker Max Mata featured for Liberia and New Zealand respectively.

Frankie Beckles:

Academy goalkeeper Frankie Beckles played every minute of the British Virgin Islands' first-round Concacaf qualifying matches against the US Virgin Islands.

Away from home, the British Virgin Islands secured a 1-1 draw with a 98th-minute equaliser, sending the sides into the second leg on level terms.

In yesterday's fixture, which went to extra time, Frankie kept a clean sheet, pulling off a host of smart saves over the course of 120 minutes.

The young shot-stopper continued to impress as he made two penalty saves to win the British Virgin Islands their first ever World Cup qualifier - and secure only their second win in 12 years.

The monumental victory sent the British Virgin Islands into the second round of Concacaf qualifying for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. They have been placed in Group E with Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Jamaica.

Nohan Kenneh:

21-year-old midfielder Nohan Kenneh made two starts for Liberia in their two-leg match-up with Djibouti where they progressed in the African Cup of Nations Preliminary Round with a 2-0 aggregate scoreline.

Max Mata:

Salop forward Max Mata, currently out on loan at Sligo Rovers, started for New Zealand and played 69 minutes as they fell to a 1-0 defeat away to Egypt last Friday.

Max was also named on the bench in their game against Libya on Tuesday, which they lost on penalties.

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