Boyz blanked by Soca War­riors

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS -

The long, bar­ren spell con­tin­ued for Ja­maica’s Reg­gae Boyz fol­low­ing a 1- 0 loss to ri­vals Trinidad and Tobago at the Mon­tego Bay Sta­dium last night.

The lat­est re­sult stretched the Ja­maicans win­less streak to 12 games, and con­tin­ued a run of poor re­sults that saw the team fin­ish at the bot­tom of the Concacaf Hexag­o­nal zone in a failed at­tempt to qual­ify for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil next year.

In an un­event­ful first half, Ataulla Geurra gave the Trinida­di­ans, who re­cently surged past their neigh­bours in the FIFA World rank­ings, the lead as early as the 5th minute. Guerra prof­ited from some slack de­fen­sive work on the path of the home team to net from close range.

A youth­ful- look­ing Reg­gae Boyz strug­gled to find a way back into the en­counter from there on, of­ten foiled by in­ac­cu­rate pass­ing and a lack of in­ci­sive­ness in the fi­nal third.

The team did, how­ever, man­age to put to­gether a more flu­ent and sus­tained spell of pos­ses­sion in the sec­ond half and man­aged to carve out a few op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fi­nal 20 min­utes.

The best of them fell to sub­sti­tute Micheal Seaton. Af­ter com­ing on early in the sec­ond half Seaton man­aged to get his boot on a cross headed in his di­rec­tion by strike part­ner Dar­ren Mat­tocks, but the young striker saw the 76th minute at­tempt cleared off the line by a watch­ful Trinidad de­fender.

Na­tional head coach Winifred Schäe­fer, while dis­ap­pointed with the re­sult, be­lieved it was a good op­por­tu­nity for sev­eral of the young and lo­cal play­ers in the squad.

“The sec­ond half was good. We played a lot bet­ter than in the first half, es­pe­cially the first 10 min­utes where we were ner­vous and kept los­ing the ball,” Scae­fer said.

“I said be­fore, this is a chance to give the young play­ers and the lo­cal play­ers a chance. We can’t blame them like play­ers from Real Madrid and Barcelona.”

The Ja­maicans de­part the is­land for Trinidad and Tobago, where they will be­gin preparation for the sec­ond leg of the en­counter next Tues­day in Port of Spain.

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