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Boyz defeat Grenada 5-1

Friday, August 17, 2018

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ST GEORGE‘S, Grenada -- Jamaica's senior footballers defeated Grenada 5-1 in their friendly international here inside the Kirani James Athletics Stadium on Friday night.

Led by two goals from Peter-Lee Vassell, plus others from debutant Daniel Green, an own goal as well as a Chevone Marsh strike the Reggae Boyz proved too good for the hosts, who gained a consolation through striker Saydrel Lewis.

It was the Harbour View man Green who put the visitors ahead on 12 minutes when he latched on to a sweetly timed through pass to slot past goalkeeper Jason Belfon for his first international goal.

Eight minutes later his Harbour View teammate Vassell made it 2-0 when collected a pass from Alex Marshall to fire home.

The second half had barely begun when Vassell rammed home from close range after Fabian Reid had served him on a platter on 47 minutes.

However, the Spice Boys pulled a goal back, much to the delight of the home fans, when Lewis sneaked in at the near post to glance a header to Amal Knight's far post on 56 minutes.

But the Boyz regained their three-goal cushion three minutes later when Vassell raced into the penalty box and crossed only for a retreating defender to prop the ball into his own net.

And the hosts compounded their problems when a horrendous back/side pass across the face of goal by the left-back beat the advancing Belfon leaving the alert Marsh to race in and tap home.

The Jamaicans are in the Eastern Caribbean for a two-game friendly international tour as they prepare for the start of next month's CONCACAF Nations League. They play against Barbados next Monday.

Ian Burnett

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