Boyz win streak snapped by 174th-ranked Guyana

November 19, 2019
Jamaica’s Kevaughn Isaacs dribbles away from Guyana’s Daniel Wilson during their Nations League match at the Montego Bay Sports Complex last night.
Jovan East celebrates after scoring Jamaica’s equalising goal in the Nations League match against Guyana last night.

A heavily rotated Reggae Boyz squad missed out on a chance of a perfect Concacaf Nations League campaign after they dropped points for the first time with a 1-1 draw with Guyana at the Montego Bay Sports Complex last night.

The result saw Jamaica finish at the top Group C with 16 points and secure promotion to Pool A.

Javon East equalised for the Reggae Boyz in the 50th minute after Emery Welshman gave the 174th-ranked Guyana a first-half lead.

East could have given Jamaica the early lead from a low cross down the right but his shot from inside the six-yard box kissed the outside of the far upright.

Akeem Chambers was forced to make his first save of the game in the 31st minute after a 15-minute period of total Guyana domination.

The Reggae Boyz came so close to taking the lead going into the break but saw all three of their shots in the 43rd minute blocked.

Two minutes later the Guyanese breached the defence of the Reggae Boyz for the first time in the campaign. Emery Welshman shot past goalkeeper Chambers, capitalising on a defensive error by Adrian Mariappa who missed on a defensive header to give Welshman a clear shot on goal.

It only took five minutes for the Reggae Boyz team, who came out with a lot more purpose in the second half, to get the equaliser when Javon East slotted home a Bobby Reid cross from down the left.

Guyana held strong

The host thought they had the lead three minutes later, but only to see Ricardo Morris shot parried to the outside of the upright by goalkeeper Quillan Roberts.

With time slipping away, Theodore Whitmore tried to pull something out of the hat with the introduction of Shamar Nicholson but Guyana held strong in defence to grab a point and prevent the Reggae Boyz from getting the perfect six.

Assistant coach of the Reggae Boyz Jerome Waite said after the game that they are definitely not pleased with the performance of the Boyz as everyone expected them to win despite the heavy rotation.

“No, I’m not pleased but at the same time it was a situation of us looking at some more players. Based on how the team has been performing from the start of this tournament, tonight’s game you expected to win. The amount of missed chances we had in the first half that is what resulted in the added pressure but overall one would expect them to be performing much better,” Waite said.

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