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December 10, 2012
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Boyz in trouble

Jamaica's Reggae Boyz will stage a desperate bid to rescue a faltering Digicel Caribbean Cup defence when they tackle Martinique in Antigua today.

The Jamaicans find themselves at the bottom of Group B, following a shock 2-1 loss to French Guiana. Gary Pigree and Rudy Evans scored on either side of half-time to cancel out Tramaine Stewart's first-half strike that had left the game even at the Vivian Richards Stadium.

In the other Group B contest, Frederic Piquionne's goal proved the difference as French side Martinique edged Cuba 1-0 at the same venue.

Martinique and French Guiana sit on top the group standings with three points each. The Jamaicans the only Caribbean team to still be in contention in the CONCACAF final round and boast the highest world ranking at No 50, will be looking to recover in order to remain in order to keep their dreams of advancing alive.

pacy run

Pigree opened the scoring for the French, tucking in his eighth Caribbean Cup goal to put Jamaica on the back foot.

Jean-Claude Darcheville, the former Glasgow Rangers and Nottingham Forest player, produced a pacy run to set up Pigree who benefited from goalkeeper Dwayne Miller's fumble to score in the 19th minute.

Jamaica, however, wasted very little time in pulling level three minutes later. Stewart raced down the right side and into the box and clinically beat custodian Laurent Pecthy for the equaliser.

The scoreline remained at half-time but the French side once again conjured up another shock almost immediately after. Once again, Darcheville was at the centre of the play, setting up Evans who made no mistake.

Jamaica were forced to chase the game but though Darren Mattocks and Demar Phillips forced saves out of Pecthy late on, French Guiana stood firm to collect all three points.

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