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Six love

Jamaica crush Panama in CAC hockey qualifiers

BY GERALD REID
Observer writer

Monday, November 06, 2017



NICHOLAS Beach scored the first hat-trick as he spearheaded Jamaica men's team to register a crushing 6-0 win over Panama as the 2017 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games qualifying hockey tournament got underway at the Jamaica National (JN) hockey field yesterday.

Beach, who is one of the senior players in the Jamaica team, scored his goals in the 23rd, 39th and 45th minutes. The other three goals were scored by Kemar Mitchell (9th), Duvaughn Henlon (22th), and Charles Burton (58th).

“It's a great feeling to have scored a hat-trick in any game, especially in front of my home crowd. I am also very pleased as I got the support from my teammates throughout the match,” Beach said.

National men's team coach Nicholas Brown said it was a good win, but too many scoring opportunities were missed.

“We should have won the match by a much bigger margin,” Brown said.

In the first quarter, Jamaica squandered some easy goal-mouth chances within the first five minutes of play. Mitchell was the first, followed by Shiaeine Blake from close range with only the Panamanian goalkeeper Aldahir Ornano to beat, hitting both wide of target.

After missing some easy early chances, Jamaica finally went ahead when Mitchell scored a field goal in the ninth minute from an attack that got through the Panama defence in the circle.

Jamaica continued to pressure Panama as they took control of the midfield possessions through plays from Andre Gardner and Onique Salmon as they gave George McGlashen, Mitchell and Beach the chances to increase the lead.

With the Panamanians giving Jamaica's goalkeeper Kardiff Davidson little work to do along with the defenders, the hosts got their second goal through Henlon in the second quarter from a penalty corner. A minute later Jamaica's second goal came from the hat-trick scorer before going into the half break leading 3-0.

Four minutes into the second half, Beach scored his second goal from another attack that he received a pass inside the shooting circle in the 34th minute. With Jamaica leading 4-0, Panama was a well-beaten team as the brief attacks which they created were subdued by the local defenders and goalkeeper Davidson.

Beach then sealed his hat-trick in the 45th minute to give Jamaica a 5-0 lead before Burton finished off things in the 58th minute from fast-attacking combinations that he crashed the ball past goalkeeper Angel Molina to make it 6-0.

In another men's match played yesterday, Guyana defeated Puerto Rico 4-1 through goals from Mark Sargeant (31st minute), Meshack Sargeant (35th), Captain Robert France (56th) and Aroyoay Branford (57th), while Ottus Felician got the losers' in the 38th minute.

Guyana whipped Panama 6-0 in a women's match with goals from Shebeki Baptiste (16th minute), Kerensa Fernandes (24th), LaTacia Chung (26th), Tamala Glenn (38th), Captain Trisha Woodroffe (46th), and Marzana Fiedtkou (56th).

Bermuda and Puerto Rico played to a goalless 0-0 in a women's match, while at press time, the match between Panama and Jamaica was still to be played.

The competition continues this morning with action beginning 8:30 am.

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