Jody Brown stars

Jody Brown stars

... but Young Girlz exit CONCACAF Women's Championship after 2-2 result with Nicaragua

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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COUVA, Trinidad and Tobago — Jamaica's Under-20 Reggae Girlz ended the CONCACAF Women's Championship campaign with some consolation despite squandering the lead twice in a 2-2 scoreline against Nicaragua in a Group B contest of academic interest only at the Ato Boldon Stadium here last evening.

The Jamaicans, through goals from Olufolasade Adamolekun in the sixth and substitute Jazmin Grant in the 63rd, went in front twice after a controlled effort, but Jaclyn Gilday (22nd) and Yessenia Flores (82nd) ensured the Central Americans a share of the spoils.

Both teams ended with a point each with the Jamaicans, by virtue of an inferior goal difference, finishing at the foot of the four-team standing.

The Americans finished atop the group with maximum nine points following a 2-1 victory over Mexico in the curtain-raiser of the double-header. They will meet Haiti in the semi-final, while second-placed Mexico with six points will square off against Group A winners Canada.

The young Reggae Girlz went to business straight from the opening whistle with a tidy build-up that released Jody Brown in on goal, but her shot was thwarted by the outstretched leg of a defender.

The resulting corner also caused some problems for the Nicaraguan defenders, but Nevillegail Able steered her header wide of the upright.

However, the Jamaicans were on the score sheet in sixth minute when Brown broke down the right channel and played a cross inside for Adamolekun to tap home with the help of custodian Alicia Norori, who failed to collect cleanly.

They could have doubled the lead three minutes later but Brown arrived a tad too late at the far post to meet Erin Milkasen's left-sided cross.

Though the Nicaraguans tried to break free, the Girlz would not let up and again came close on two occasions in quick succession. The first came in the 15th when Brown slipped behind two defenders but her left-footed effort came back off the crossbar.

Three minutes later the diminutive striker turned provider for Marlee Fray after dispossessing a defender but the latter's shot was deflected by a recovering defender.

That allowed the Nicaraguans to get back on level terms when Gilday dusted herself off and converted from the 12-yard spot after being brought down inside the area by Able.

Despite creating a few more good chances, wayward shooting denied the Jamaicans the go-ahead goal as the score remained unchanged at the break.

The Jamaicans picked up the tempo on the resumption with the nippy Brown again leading the charge, but it was substitute Grant who fired the young Reggae Girlz in front, three minutes past the hour mark.

Grant in a solo effort outpaced two defenders before firing past Norori at her near post.

But, as they did against United States in their previous game, the Jamaicans almost conceded immediately after. fortunately for them, Yessenia Flores's shot went wide from inside the penalty area.

After squandering their chances in attack the Jamaicans had a lapse in defence and the Nicaraguans again obliged to level the game as Flores, who was allowed too much space on the edge of the penalty box, fired past a hapless Sydney Schneider.

Teams: Jamaica — Sydney Schneider, Nevillegail Able (Ebony Clarke 87th), Jadyn Matthews, Gabrielle Gayle, Jayda Pelaia-Hylton, Olufolasade Adamolekun, Jody Brown, Marlee Fray (Jazmin Grant 56th), Emily Caza, Mireya Grey (Kevena Reid 56th), Erin Milkalsen

Subs not used: Yazmeen Jamieson, Chyanne Dennis, Madiya Harriott, Giselle Washington, Alyssa Julien, Shayla Smart

Booked: Grant (85th)

Nicaragua — Alicia Norori, Sheyla Flores (Hormyne Paiz 80th), Diana Ortega, Alis Cruz, Kesly Perez, Gloria Bermudez (Yorcelly Humphreys 46th), Katherine Pereira, Shanelly Treminio (Elizabeth Vega 74th), Yessenia Flores, Jaclyn Gilday, Natalie Orellana

Subs not used: Yahara Salmeron, Ariadna Meza, Alma Gutierrez, Lisbeth Moreno, Edy Perez

Booked: K Perez (45th)

Referee: Crystal Sobers (TRI)

Assistant referees: Delena Quan (USA); Kimberly Moreira (CRC)

Fourth official: Melissa Borjas (HON)

Match Commissary: Yolanda Camacho (CRC)

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