Following their impressive victory over Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica eased past the Saint Kitts and Nevis football team by whipping them 5-0. The Reggae needed a big win to top the group ahead of the Americans.
However, the Reggae Boyz got off to a slow start with a much-changed starting 11 and did not get a breakthrough until the half-hour mark. After some excellent team play, they were rewarded with an own goal courtesy of Archibald after Parris’s cross-shot went in off the Saint Kitts goalkeeper.
Leon Bailey made a few runs and created some dangerous crosses in search of a second, but to no avail, as they had two goals ruled out for half-side; however, Jonathan Russell was not going to let the half finish without scoring his first goal for Jamaica, Leon Bailey cheeky backheel cut open the Saint Kitts defence to set up Russel who delivered a nippy finish to give the Reggae Boyz a 2-0 lead.
The second half was much the same as Jamaica dominated possession and got off to the perfect start when Gray beat three players to carve out a chance for Bernard who placed a shot to beat the keeper at his near post.
The Reggae Boyz then changed into another gear and fashioned two quick goals to give themselves a chance to overtake the Americans on goal difference. Johnson gave Jamaica their fourth by tucking away a rebound following a spill from the St Kitts goalkeeper.
Cory Burke went on his knee after scoring a fifth for the Reggae Boyz; the forward came up with a well-placed shot into the far corner to beat the goalkeeper. Reggae Boyz pressed the Saint Kitts team as they looked to boost their goal tally.
Despite the margin of the score line St Kitts displayed a bit of resistance to keep out the Jamaican team on numerous occasions to limit the Boyz to a 5-0 victory. This result means Reggae Boyz had to settle for a second-place finish in the group.
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