U-23 Boyz end losing note
Jamaica's under-23 football team ended the Pan American Games on a losing note after going down 4-0 to Panama in their fifth-place match at the Estadio Universidad San Marcos in Peru yesterday.
The young Reggae Boyz were totally outplayed in the first half and trailed 3-0 at the interval.
They should have gone behind very early in the contest when a shot from a Panama player deflected off two Jamaica defenders and fell kindly to Alejandro Ferrera, who toed it past Jaedin White in goal, but the goal was ruled offside.
However, in the third minute, Ferrera centered to Aguilar Jorman from the right and he redirected the ball pass to White from six yards. Panama continued to have the upper hand as the young Reggae Boyz struggled to find their rythym, and in the 11th minute, Aldaberto Carrasquilla beat White with a scorching shot from 22 yards that gave the Jamaican goalkeeper no chance. Panama added a third goal in the 28th minute when Abdiel Ayarza headed in a floated cross at the back post.
White kept score respectable
The Central Americans also had a number of other opportunties to increase their advanatge but good goalkeeping from White kept the score modest.
However, not long after the break, Luis Zuniga made it 4-0, 12 minutes into the second-half, when he got behind the Jamaica defence and calmly slotted past White to put the game beyond reach.
The Jamaicans were barely visible on offence and their only effort in the first half came from a speculative Lamar Walker strike from 25 yards that drifted wide. Jourdain Fletcher, who came on as a second half substitue had the boyz best effort on goal but his strike from just outside the area was tipped over the bar by the Panama goalkeeper.
In six matches under coach Donovan Duckie, the under-23 Boyz have registered just one win, drawing with lowly Dominica and St Kitts Nevis to be eliminated at home in the first round of the Olympic qualifiers. Then at the Pan Am Games they lost 3-1 to Honduras, 2-0 to Uruguay, before beating host Peru 2-0 to claim their first win.
However, in their final match at the games, the playoff for fifth place, the young Reggae Boyz were no match for their Central American opponents, who had the game won from the first half.