Island Games 2015: Jersey FA set semi-finals target

Jersey celebrate gold in Aland in 2009
Jersey's last Island Games gold medal came in Aland in 2009

The president of the Jersey Football Association expects the island side to at least reach the semi-finals at this year's Island Games.

Jersey will host the Games for the first time since 1997, when they won football gold after beating Ynys Mon 1-0 in the final.

"The target's got to be to get out of the group and get into the semi-finals," Phil Austin told BBC Jersey.

"Once you get in the semi-final it could go either way," he added.

Jersey's Island Games record
Jersey won gold in 1993, 1997, 2009
The island side has never lost in a final, but has lost six semi-finals, winning the bronze-medal match five times (1991, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2011)
Jersey failed to send a team on cost grounds to the 2005 games in Shetland and to Bermuda in 2013
The only time Jersey has failed to make the semi-finals was in Rhodes in 2007, when they finished fifth

Jersey last won gold in Aland in 2009, but because of cost.

"I think Jersey will be medal contenders," added Austin, who is also the chairman of the Jersey 2015 organising committee.

"But I think there are some very strong sides in there, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, and I wouldn't like to pick the winner."

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