U-20 Boyz out of World Cup qualifiers

Sunday, November 11, 2018

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Jamaica's Young Reggae Boyz were eliminated from the Concacaf Under-20 Championship even as they pounded Saint Martin 11-0 in their final match of Group B at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, yesterday.

Nicque Daley led Jamaica's scoring with four goal (20th, 29th, 39th, 53rd minutes), while Leonardo Jibbison (16th, 27th) and Tyreek Magee (17th, 83rd) had braces. Scoring a goal each were Jamoi Topey (7th), Ricardo McIntosh (72nd) and Maliek Howell (88th).

Mexico, who finished the World Cup qualifiers as group winners with 13 points — the same as Jamaica — confirmed their progression with a 10-0 mauling of Aruba.

The North Americans advanced courtesy of a healthier goal difference of plus-29 in a format where only the six group winners progress to the final round. Jamaca ended with a plus-21 for second place.

The 2018 edition of the Under-20 World Cup-qualifying tournament is featuring a record number 34 teams. Unlike the previous format, which included regional qualifiers in the Caribbean and Central America and one final championship, this year's redesigned competition ensures that all the participating teams have access to play more top-level football matches.

After the group phase, the six group winners will advance to the Qualification Stage where they will be divided into two groups of three teams. The two group winners plus the second-place finishers of the Qualification Stage will qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019. Additionally, the two group winners will advance to the tournament's final to determine the regional champion.

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