KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s preparation for the upcoming 2019/20 CONCACAF Nations League took another step forward with two victories in international friendlies in the last week.
Using players from Jamaica’s Red Stripe Premier League, the Reggae Boyz defeated Saint Kitts and Nevis 3-1 last Thursday in Kingston, before downing Antigua and Barbuda 2-0 on Monday in Antigua.
In the victory over the Sugar Boyz, Jamaica raced out to a 2-0 lead within the first half-hour thanks to a Justin Springer own goal in the 22’, followed by a Fabian Reid strike in the 24’.
Chevone Marsh then extended the advantage with a goal in the 36’, giving the home side a 3-0 lead at half-time.
Saint Kitts and Nevis would respond nicely though in the second half, as Kennedy Isles scored in the 54’ making for a tight affair the rest of the way.
A little over a month after their previous international friendly in which a late Peter Byers goal earned Antigua and Barbuda a 1-1 draw in Jamaica, the Reggae Boyz would handle matters on the Benna Boyz home soil thanks to goals from Peter-Lee Vassell and Reid.
The visitors broke the deadlock shortly before half-time when Vassell had an easy tap-in after some fine work from Jamiel Hardware in the Antigua and Barbuda half.
Reid would then seal the victory in the 57’ with an excellent chip over the head of Antigua and Barbuda GK Brentton Mohammed to complete the 2-0 scoreline.
Jamaica will kick off their CNL campaign in September when they host the Cayman Islands, followed by clashes with Bonaire (October), Suriname (November) and El Salvador (March).