El Salvador keep the pressure up with Reggae Boyz draw

By June 21, 2019
El Salvador goalkeeper Henry Hernandez (left) and Jamaica forward Shamar Nicholson go for a header during the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match Friday, June 21, 2019, in Houston. El Salvador goalkeeper Henry Hernandez (left) and Jamaica forward Shamar Nicholson go for a header during the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match Friday, June 21, 2019, in Houston. Michael Wyke for the Associated Press

Jamaica and El Salvador are tied on four points at the top of CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C after the two played to a 0-0 draw in Houston, Texas on Friday night. 

The Jamaicans started slowly, finding it difficult to keep possession, while El Salvador looked slick in their passing, though there was very little goal-mouth action at either end.

The Jamaicans would settle at about the 44th minute with a much-changed midfield finally getting into the game.

Their was significant work put in by Junior Flemming who was replacing Devon Williams in the starting line-up for the Jamaicans. He was probably the most fouled player in the game, but had very little impact going forward.

A second replacement, Andrew Lewis, who was replacing Peter-Lee Vassell, did not have the type of impact he would have been hoping for but the two seemed to make it less difficult for central midfielder, Michael Hector.

Hector, who only plays in that position for the Reggae Boyz had a much easier night than he did in Kingston, Jamaica where he was made to work hard to win back possession.

While that was true, the Jamaican attacking unit, led by Bayer Leverkusen man, Leon Bailey, was largely ineffective and so it was no surprise when Theodore Whitmore brought on Daren Mattocks and Shamar Nicholson to replace Brian Brown and Dever Orgill in the front three.

For the Jamaicans, Bailey has yet to show what he can really do and an off-track free-kick marked the extent of his contribution on the night.

At the end of the night, both teams ended on four points with a plus-one goal difference, though Jamaica still lead the group on account of scoring three goals in their first encounter against Honduras.

The result means El Salvador face a big game against Honduras in the final game of Group C, while Jamaica has to be careful against Curacao, who have proven difficult to score against.

 

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. 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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