Bailey’s Magic Seals Gold Cup Spot for Reggae Boyz


Aston Villa winger Leon Bailey’s early first-half objective proved sufficient to earn Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz a share of the factors in a 1-1 draw with Mexico right here Tuesday night time and a spot in subsequent 12 months’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The 24-year-old struck within the fourth minute at hand the hosts the early lead within the Group A contest of League A on the Nationwide Stadium earlier than Luis Romo equalized within the first-half stoppage.

Main League Soccer standout goalkeeper Andre Blake made a string of prime saves to protect the scoreline as Jamaica climbed to the highest of the group on 5 factors whereas remaining unbeaten in three outings.

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Jamaica was additionally left to rue a number of missed probabilities, nevertheless, as Shamar Nicholson twice got here shut whereas Bailey got here inside inches of including a second objective.

“It was a troublesome opponent,” Bailey instructed reporters.

“All people is aware of Mexico however to have the ability to create a lot alternatives towards Mexico and getting some extent out of this recreation which we must always’ve received, it exhibits now we have a far strategy to go however we’re doing effectively transferring ahead as a group.

“That is what we’d like going ahead and we’ll proceed to construct on this.”

Jamaica discovered the again of the online with their first actual assault of the sport.   Nicholson raced down the left flank and whipped a cross into the field the place Bailey spit defenders Jesus Gallardo and Jesus Alberto Angulo to ship a robust header previous goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota.

The hosts ought to have doubled their lead within the ninth minute when Junior Flemmings’ nook discovered Nicholson within the field however the Spartak Moscow ahead might solely discover the crossbar along with his leaping header.

Bailey got here near his second objective, driving down the best and slicing inside earlier than sending a curling left-footed shot inches across the far publish from 15 yards.

Jamaica was left cursing their missed alternatives when Mexico drew degree with the ultimate kick of the half, Luis Chavez floating a spot-kick into the world for Romo to out-muscle Damion Lowe and beat Blake diving to his proper.

Full-back Kevin Alvarez then cleared Nicholson’s chip off the road within the 51st minute to spare Mexico additional blushes and Blake performed his half in making certain Jamaica didn’t slip up.

On the Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez in Santo Domingo, Guyana suffered a second straight six-goal thrashing by the hands of Haiti once they went down 6-0 in Group B of League B.

Contemporary off a 6-2 drubbing in Georgetown final week, Guyana was as soon as once more put to the sword by the French Caribbean facet via Mondy Prunier (forty eighth, 76th) and Carnejy Antoine (87’th, 89th) earlier than lashing in second-half braces.

Alex Christian gave Haiti a Thirty ninth-minute lead when he smashed dwelling a rebound after Derrick Etienne’s free-kick had struck the underside of the uprights, a scoreline that held till the break.

The floodgates opened thereafter, nevertheless, Prunier’s point-blank header on the far publish doubled Haiti’s benefit, and Simonsen Jeppe Friborg 63rd minute strike stretched the lead even additional.

Prunier bought his second from the highest of the 18-yard field earlier than Antoine scored twice in three minutes on the dying.

Guyana remained second on six factors, 4 adrift of unbeaten Haiti which has secured Gold Cup qualification and promotion to League A.

Additionally in Group B, French Guiana edged Belize 1-0 in Cayenne whereas in Group A of League C, Bonaire beat the US Virgin Islands 1-0 in Willemstad.  The Turks and Caicos Islands defeated Sint Maarten by the identical margin in Providenciales.

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