Reggae Boyz stunned by El Salvador

By Sports Desk March 24, 2019

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz were handed a shock 2-0 by El Salvador in the CONCACAF Nation’s League on Saturday, the team’s first loss of the competition this season.

The Jamaican’s found themselves on the backfoot after uncharacteristically sloppy play from custodian Andre Blake.  The hosts took the lead in the 49th minute after Blake coughed up a routine cross into the area from a set-piece unto the boot of Nelson Wilfredo, who tapped home from two yards out.

The night got even stranger for the Jamaicans. They found themselves two goals behind, in the 85th minute, after what appeared to be an attempted header back to Blake, from defender Andre Lowe, bounced wide of the custodian and ended up in the back of the net.   To add insult to injury, the visitors were reduced to 10-men when striker Darren Mattocks was sent off in time added on.

In other results,  Dominica topped Bahamas 4-0 on the strength of goals from Julian Wade (24’, 35’), Travist Joseph (30’) and Briel Thomas (85’).  That was followed by a breathtaking encounter between neighbours Sint Maarten and Saint Martin in which the Dutch side of the island emerged victorious 4-3.

 A Danilo Cocks own goal (10’) plus scores from Smally Lake (23’) and Remsley Boelijn (30’) via penalty countered an Akim Arrondell goal (11’) to give Sint Maarten a 3-1 halftime lead. Cocks made up for his earlier miscue in the 52’ to make it 3-2, only for Lake to score his second (59’). Wrubens Dupalus’ penalty conversion in the 80’ cut the deficit to 4-3 but Sint Maarten would hang on for the win.

 Guyana edged Belize 2-1 with goals from Neil Danns (16’) and Emery Welshman (43’), offsetting a score from Elroy Kuyen (25’) to collect the three points and move to sixth place in the 34-team table.

Antigua and Barbuda then stunned first-place Curacao with a resounding 2-1 home win.  Suriname put itself in the Gold Cup mix with a big 2-0 win over Saint Kitts and Nevis. Stefano Rijssel (38’) and Ivenzo Comvalius (71’) did the damage against the Sugar Boys.

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