Shaw goes from hero to zero as missed penalties hand Reggae Girlz CAC defeat

By July 19, 2018
Khadija Shaw Khadija Shaw

Jamaica’ Reggae Girlz squandered a glorious opportunity to begin their Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games campaign in Barranquilla, Colombia with a victory over Venezuela. 

In the end, a 10-man Venezuela found a way to pull out a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Reggae Girlz in their first outing at the Games.

Jamaica led the proceedings at the Estadio Moderno through a Khadija Shaw goal in the 14th minute. Venezuela wouldn’t get back into it until the second half when Ysauro Viso notched a 55th-minute strike. Venezuela would then go ahead in the 81st minute through Deyna Castellanos.

The scoreline would remain until the end, but it could have been different even before Venezuela got their go-ahead goal as Shaw was brought down in the 74th minute on her way through to goal.

Shaw stepped up but watched as her penalty was saved by the Venezuelan custodian.

The Reggae Girls, to their credit continued to play before they went behind, and could have tied the game after it.

Again, Shaw playing against the 10-man Venezuelans after her penalty chance had also yielded a red card, earned a penalty, this time in the 92nd minute.

Reggae Girlz coach, Lorne Donaldson, showed faith in Shaw, allowing her to step up despite having missed a penalty earlier.

The move backfired as Shaw, for the second time of asking, failed to find the back of the net.

Tomorrow Trinidad and Tobago take on Mexico, while Haiti go up against Nicaragua.

Jamaica are back in action on Saturday against Costa Rica, who were yet to play their game against Colombia today.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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