For a third straight game running, a much changed Reggae Girlz team battled their CONCACAF rivals for a spot in the 2023 Gold Cup. After a gutsy performance in their last two matches, the Girlz were looking to repeat against Panama.
However, the game did not start too bright for the Jamaican ladies as Panama bossed possession and looked very dangerous on the break. The Panamanians searched and found their way on the score sheet, but it wasn’t through any intricate play; it came by a controversial penalty, which Cox scored to grab the lead in minute 31.
The concession of the goal brought the Reggae Girlz alive. They pressed the Panamanians relentlessly and applied significant pressure on their defenders. They got their well-deserved reward through a brilliantly worked goal down the left-hand side.
Dayes whipped in a fabulous cross into the Panamamian’s box to pick out Buckley, who finished off the play with a powerful volley to equalize on the half-time mark.
The second half was a much tighter affair as neither team could find the finishing touch on the openings they created. Jamaica created a lot of good chances for the majority of the half, but the goal was not forthcoming.
Panama held on for the draw as they weathered the Jamaican’s slew of attacks late on.
The Reggae Girlz now need a win against Guatemala in their final match of the group to have any chance of reaching the Women’s CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2024.