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Young Boyz whip Antigua to progress in CFU play-offs

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer Senior Reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com
Monday, July 16, 2012

JAMAICA Under-17s advanced to the Caribbean Football Union's (CFU) World Cup qualification final round with a resounding 4-0 win over Antigua and Barbuda last night at the Waterhouse Stadium.

Jamaica topped the three-team Group One with maximum six points from two games ahead of Bermuda on three and Antigua pointless. Jamaica join Cuba and Haiti into the final six-team group set for August 19-30.

Cuba won Group Two ahead of Puerto Rico, Aruba and the Bahamas, while Haiti topped Group Three ahead of Dominican Republic, Curacao and St Lucia.

Jamaica captain Junior Flemmings led from in front grabbing a brace in the 17th and 20th minutes for his third goal in two games. The Jamaica College student outpaced a defender and slipped the ball past the goalkeeper. Three minutes later he was fouled in the box, but picked himself up and calmly converted from the spot.

Iishmale Currie of Garvey Maceo opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a speculative 25-metre shot that slipped through the grasp of Antigua goalkeeper Akoye Oscar. US-based Michael Seaton of DC United Academy notched Jamaica's fourth goal after being teed up by Flemmings in the 44th minute.

The young Reggae Boyz dominated the entire match and Antigua rarely ventured into Jamaica's 18-yard box and didn't even register a shot on target.

Jamaican head coach Wendell Downswell was pleased with the team's performance as they now look forward to the next phase.

"We looked much more better and composed in terms of our ball possession. Overall it was a good exercise for us," said Downswell.

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