Mexico flatten Girlz - Rampaging Mexicans crush Girlz 4-0

Mexico.....4 Ovalle (26th), Martinez (33rd), Cruz (79th), Dennis (55th, own goal) Jamaica......0

BY SHERDON COWAN
Observer staff reporter
cowans@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, January 20, 2018

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COUVA, Trinidad and Tobago – Jamaica's Under-20 Reggae Girlz made a dismal start to their CONCACAF Women's Championship campaign as they slumped to a 0-4 defeat to Mexico in their opening Group B contest at the Ato Boldon Stadium here yesterday.

Goals by Jacqueline Ovalle (26th miniute) Katty Martinez (33rd) and substitute Belen Cruz (79th) saw the mighty Mexicans to a comfortbale victory. A 55th-minute own goal by defender Chyanne Dennis had earlier added to the young Reggae Girlz's woes.

The result has provisionally placed Mexico at the top of the standings on three points with the Jamaicans at the foot.

At press time, defending champions USA were leading Nicaragua 2-0 with 62 minutes on the clock in the feature contest of the group.

The Mexicans as expected were quick on the front foot and signalled intentions in the early exchanges as they utilised the wide channels to break down an unsettled Jamaican defence with some teasing crosses inside the box.

They had their first look at goal in minute number eight, but it took some brilliance from goalkeeper captain Sydney Schneider to deny Daniela Espinosa who was left unmarked at the far post.

Two minutes later Ovalle was allowed too much space inside the six-yard box, but her left-footed effort sailed wide of the upright.

As the young Reggae Girlz struggled to consistently transition from defence into attack, the Mexicans continued to run amok and eventually found the go-ahead goal.

A weighted right-sided cross from Dayana Cazares was expertly headed down by Espinosa beating the outstretched arm of a diving Schneider.

The Jamaicans tried to play, but struggled to breach the opponents defence and soon found themselves falling further behind three minutes past the half-hour mark.

Another weighted cross by Cazares again caught the defence napping and Martinez was on hand to head home.

Cazares then tried to get her name on the score sheet with a stinging left-footed effort, but Schneider did well to parry the ball onto the upright to ensure the score remained at 2-0 at the break.

The Jamaican team gradually took shape when the contest resumed, but before they could conjure up an attack they were now 0-3 down as Dennis turned one into her own net 10 minutes in.

Jamaica Head coach Lorne Donaldson made a few substitutions which saw the lively Jody Brown injecting some tempo into Jamaican attack, but she lacked meaningful service from the midfield.

The Mexicans countered with substitutions of their own and found success through Cruz who fired home from close range to cap off the victory shortly after replacing Cazares on the right channel.

Teams:

Mexico - Emily Alvarado, Ashley Soto, Miriam Garcia, Kim Rodriguez, Jimena Lopez, Andrea Hernandez, Dayana Cazares(Belen Cruz 62nd), Daniela Espinosa, Katty Martinez, Jacqueline Ovalle(Montserrat Hernandez 78th), Miracarmen Reyes(Natalia Hernandez 62nd).

Subs not used: Miriam Aguirre, Alexia Delgado, Mia Villegas, Samara Alcala, Norma Palafox, Gabriela Juarez

Booked: Rodriguez (90+2)

Jamaica - Sydney Schneider, Chyanne Dennis, Jadyn Matthews, Erin Milkasen(Madiya Harriott 80th), Gabrielle Gayle, Giselle Washington, Emily Caza, Olufolasade Adamolekun(Ebony Clarke 78th), Shayla Smart, Mireya Grey, Jazmin Grant(Jody Brown 46th).

Subs not used: Yazmeen Jamieson, Nevillegail Able, Kevena Reid, Marlee Fray, Jayda Pelaia-Hylton, Alyssa Julien

Booked: none

Referee: Carol-Anne Chenard (CAN)

Assistant Referees: Chantel Boudreau (CAN); Shirley Perello (HON)

Fourth Official: Mirian Leon (SLV)

Match Commissioner: Yolonda Camacho (CRC)

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