Boyz make winning Gold Cup start

July 10, 2017
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Jamaica defeated Curacao 2-0 in their opening Group C fixture of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in San Diego, California last night.

The win gives the Reggae Boyz some revenge as it was Curacao who beat them 2-1 in the CFU Caribbean Cup final in Martinique two weeks ago.

The Jamaicans started the game the better of the two teams in what was a sluggish first half, controlling possession for the first 20 minutes but then Curacao started to take control and had the better of the first half, forcing saves out of goalkeeper Andre Blake. No one managed to break the deadlock before the halftime whistle.

The Reggae Boyz got things going again in the second half as Jermaine 'Teddy' Johnson forced a save out of Curacao goalkeeper Eloy Room, but from with a weak shot in the 47th minute.

Just four minutes later, Blake was forced into action once more when Elson Hooi, who scored both goals in the Caribbean Cup final, blasted from the top of the area, after a cross into the area was chested down by a teammate into his path.

Theodore Whitmore's side got the breakthrough in the 58th minute when Romario Williams latched on to a pass into the box from Oneil Fisher down the right hand side, from the narrowest of angles, and squeezed his shot past Room at his near post to give Jamaica the lead.

The score was doubled in the 73rd minute. Darren Mattocks, who has not played internationally since getting the consolation goal in Jamaica's 3-1 loss to Mexico in the 2015 Gold Cup final, was substituted into the game for Jermaine Johnson. He received a ball from down the left side and after taking a touch to get the ball under control, half vollied into the roof of the net to double the lead.

The win means Jamaica get the competition started with three points. Their next game is against Mexico on Thursday at 9 p.m. Jamaica time.

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