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Jersey suffer heavy defeat against French amateur side

Jersey's footballers lost 8-0 against French amateur side St Malo at St Brelade this afternoon.

The islanders included a number of younger players in their team, but the heavy defeat will come as a blow to Jimmy Reilly's side as they prepare for a home NatWest Island Games this summer.

St Malo are in the top tier of French amateur football and showed their quality as they proved too strong for a youthful Jersey side, moving into a 5-0 lead by half time.

It was only the third game the Reds had played this season, having previously beaten a 26th Army regiment 7-0 and 4-0, and they will now look for some more challenging friendly fixtures before they play Alderney in the Muratti Vase semi-final on the 28th March.

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Jersey set for St Malo test

Jersey manager Jimmy Reilly

Jersey's football side will take on French side Union Sportive St Malo this afternoon as they continue their preparations for this year's NatWest Island Games.

The French team are in the top tier of French amateur football so should provide a stern test for the islanders as they look to get some challenging games under their belt before a home Games this summer.

So far this season Jersey have comfortably beaten a 26th Army regiment 7-0 and 4-0.

The game will be manager Jimmy Reilly's third in charge since he took over in October.

The match will be played at St Brelade as Springfield stadium is having its 3G synthetic pitch laid.

Reilly prepares for first game

The coach of the Jersey football team will take charge of his first match tonight since taking over as manager earlier this month.

James Reilly was appointed as Head Coach on October 7th after Craig Culkin resigned back in May due to a dispute with the island's Football Association.

The team have been preparing and selecting a representative squad to play tonight.

The squad also have matches on the 22nd & 24th October against a visiting army regiment.

Reilly has played professionally in Scotland as well as being a successful player and coach in Jersey managing Trinity FC.

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