In the first of the two encounters between home team Jamaica and Caribbean rivals Trinidad and Tobago played at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex, it was Trinidad and Tobago who drew first blood as they clipped the Reggae Boyz 1-0.
The first half of the game began a bit flat, as both teams tried diligently to break down their opponent’s defence. Jamaica’s goalkeeper had most of the work of the two goalkeepers, pulling off a brilliant stop to deny the Soca Warriors a first-half lead.
The Reggae Boyz had a few opportunities themself but failed to trouble the Trinidad goalkeeper. Both teams drew blank as the first half ended goalless. The first half of the game featured many tackles and a few heated exchanges, typical of both sides’ physical style of play.
Jamaica started the second half with much more desire, with Chelsea contracted player Omari Hutchinson showing his class as the youngster slipped past the Trinidad backline on a few occasions but couldn’t find the finishing touch. During the match, we saw Dujuan Whisper Richards also making his debut for the senior Reggae Boyz having recently signed a pre-contract with Chelsea FC.
But the headlines were stolen by Trinidad forward Moore, who superbly finished off an impressive Trinidad attack to seal the victory for the Soca Warriors. The Jamaican youngsters on debut showed few glimpses of what they are capable of, but Trinidad kept the home team at bay to register a famous win.
It will be possible for Jamaica to turn things around when they face off again with the Soca Warriors this coming Tuesday at the National Stadium.