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Reggae Girlz blank Haiti 2-0

Sunday, August 24, 2014    

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COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago — The Jamaica senior women's football team progressed to the championship match of the Caribbean Cup after scoring a 2-0 win over Group A rivals Haiti at the Ato Boldon Stadium yesterday.

Jamaica scored through Jodi-Ann McGregor in the eighth minute and Donna-Kay Henry in the 81st.

In a gruelling contest in fairly cool conditions, McGregor gave the Reggae Girlz the lead when her freekick from 20 yards curled high beyond the reach of diving Haitian goalkeeper Geralda Saintilus.

The Jamaicans looked the more cohesive of the two teams in the early goin; however, Haiti showed glimpses of enterprising play.

In the 24th minute there was a chance that the Haitians could break free on goal, but the Jamaica defence recovered quickly to nullify the threat and 'keeper Nicole McClure swooped in for the loose ball.

Haiti pushed hard for the equaliser in the latter part of the first half, but the Jamaican defenders generally held firm.

The second half saw the Jamaicans regaining much of their attacking composure. But they had to wait until the 81st minute to secure the win when Duncan and Henry combined well to unlock the Haitian defence.

Substitute Kenesha Reid fed a pass to Henry, who dribbled by a defender before setting Duncan free. The slippery Duncan, who has scored six goals in the tournament, unselfishly set up Henry to hammer into the goal from inside the six-yard box.

Duncan had a tame effort from the penalty spot saved in the 88th minute. However, many at the venue felt it was poetic justice since the tackle on Henry, which led to kick, appeared to be a fair one.

Today Jamaica will know who they will face in the final following the clash between Group B rivals Martinique and host Trinidad & Tobago.

— Sanjay Myers

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