Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Jamaica, Cuba win openers


Jamaica's Under-20 men's football team got off to a winning start in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Qualifiers, after edging Antigua and Barbuda 1-0 in their opening Group B match Tuesday at Stadium East.

The game's lone goal was scored in the 42nd minute by Oshana Boothe.

In the evening's opening game, Cuba saw off the challenge of Suriname 2-1. Both of Cuba's goals were scored by Arichel Hernandez Mora in the 24th and 45th minutes, while Suriname's consolation was netted by Miquel Danny Darson in the 46th.

Cuba and Jamaica are tied on top of the group with three points each, while Suriname and Antigua and Barbuda are pointless.

"In the first half, they (Surinamese players) weren't so good in doing what they had to do, but in the second half we made some changes and they started playing better," Suriname's coach Eleur Imro said.

Suriname reduced the deficit a minute into the second half when Darson's 40-yard drive nestled into the back of the net.

"We know the importance of the first win; it gives us a lot of easiness," Cuba's coach Raul Gonzales Triana said. "We are going to think about Antigua, our next rivals, and try to achieve three more points and that will put us in a very privileged situation. Then we will think about Jamaica."