Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will have to head back to the drawing board after finding themselves at the bottom of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers final round group, having played three matches. – Ricardo Makyn
Jamaica fell to last in CONCACAF Final Round World Cup Qualifying (WCQ) after losing 2-0 to Costa Rica at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica last night.
“I’m a bit disappointed,” Jamaica’s head coach Theodore Whitmore, said. “But we have to remain focused, we have seven more games to go. This is just one of the results we weren’t looking forward to so we have to accept it and move on.”
Michael Umana (22nd minute) and Diego Calvo (81st) scored the goals for the home team, who moved off the bottom of the six-team standing to four points, the same as Honduras, who lost by a similar margin to Panama in Panama City. Panama are at the top of the group with five points.
Honduras, who started the day in the front-running position, remained on four points, while Costa Rica now have four. The United States also have four points after tying goalless at The Azteca Stadium with Mexico, who have three points. All the teams have played three matches and have seven more to go in this round-robin elimination series.
Following a foul by Rudolph Austin, 10 yards outside the box on the right flank, Jamaica conceded the game’s opening goal off a set play, for the most part due to sloppy marking. Alvaro Saborio was left unmarked to collect Ariel Rodriguez’s spot kick, then fed a pass inside for Umana to tap into the net from six yards.
Second half substitute Calvo made his own goal with a brilliant play on the left after central defender Jermaine Taylor cheaply sold himself with a sliding challenge, which gave up the inside position. Calvo took the ball inside, then shimmied past two other defenders, desperately rushing to block a shot that never came. He eventually curled a shot into the far post that goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts could not save. In a fairly even battle, both teams got good chances to score more goals in the game.
Jamaica had the clearest openings in the first half, but after taking a pass off Luton Shelton at the fourth minute, Jermaine Beckford’s angled finish was blocked behind goal. Shelton was also involved in Jamaica’s other goal chance inside the first 45 minutes, but he had his shot charged down by the goalkeeper Keylor Navas after dribbling too much to lose the angle and chance to pass to teammates.
Rudolph Austin was also denied a goal, after smashing a free kick from 35 yards. Navas went full stretch to deflect the ball away from the net.
“We got our chances, especially in the first half, where we could have led or equalised and it would have been a different game,” Whitmore said. “I think it (missed chances) affected us because if we came in 1-1 at half-time it would’ve been a different game,” he added. “Looking at the Costa Rica team you could see a bit of fear and when they got that second goal it killed off the game.”
With its central midfielders staying in the middle of the park, Jamaica played with more cohesion in the second half and had their best effort, a 20-yard shot from effective substitute Jermaine Johnson, stopped by Navas’ diving save. Costa Rica went to scoring on a couple occasions through Joel Campbell, who also fed a pass across goal that was missed by Saborio.
Johnson and Taylor picked up yellow cards in the game and will miss the next match, against Mexico at the National Stadium on June 4.
“We got our chances, especially in the first half, where we could have led or equalised, and it would have been a different game.”
If you all watched Dr Oz today, Toni Braxton announced that due to her illness she is retiring from performing. No more live shows, singing or tours. LUPUS is her diagnosis. Well, that word gives me chills. I know all too well what Lupus is and its effects. Jamaica somehow has alot of Lupus cases, and it was there that my sister got the same diagnosis some 32 years ago. She was diagnosed at age 20 and passed away at age 49 on October 26, 2009. I will forever fight for a cure for this terrible disease. It will be the 7th year for Atlanta Lupus Walk and I am asking kindly for your support. See my page below:
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Jamaica and Panama play to 1-1 draw
March 23, 2013
Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz played to a 1-1 draw with the visiting Panama on Friday in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier at the National Stadium.
Jamaica took the lead in the 22nd minute when Marvin Elliott headed a well placed Demar Phillips’ right-sided corner kick inside the far post. It was the first-ever goal for the 28-year-old Elliott wearing the Jamaican colors.
Panama came close to scoring three minutes before the break, when a lunging Blas Perez just failed to connect on a low cross from Leonel Parris.
Panama fought back and found the equalizer in the 66th minute when Luis Henriquez fired a shot from distance that took a deflection and bounced past a diving Donovan Ricketts in goal. Late in the game Jamaica almost found the winner when Garath McCleary’s shot from 18-yards out drifted just beyond the left post.
Both sides have two points from their opening two Hexagonal games and sit two points behind first-place Honduras. Jamaica will next travels to Costa Rica while Panama will welcome Honduras next Tuesday
In other games the United States defeated Costa Rica 1-0 and Honduras scored twice late in the second half to rally for a 2-2 draw with Mexico
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That today is officially the beginning of Spring! Really?
Georgia is not feeling it too much 😉 Last weekend we got a sip of spring with 72°F on Saturday and Sunday but the surprise was juss roun de corna (in my patois voice). Monday we were hit with a freak storm which came through tearing up the place rooting up trees including my neighbors, destroying buildings and yes one fatality reported. My very sturdy gazebo, was thrown off my patio onto the grass, patio chairs tossed around and flower pots overturned. The sounds and sights were terrifying! It all happened in just a few hours. Tuesday was normal bright sun-shiny day, clear skies, great temp like nothing happened the day before.
Thanking God for today, his mercies, for sparing us and asking for his blessings and comfort for all those that suffered damages and loss of life.
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