The Reggae Girlz Won by a 3-0 Scoreline
The Jamaican Reggae Girlz won their match against Cuba with an impressive score line of 3-0. This is Jamaica’s second game the Concacaf U-20 Women’s Championship.
The Reggae Girlz narrowly lost their first game when they played against Guatemala. The girlz have redeemed themselves by thrashing Cuba. Jamaica has been placed in Group H together with Haiti, Guatemala and Cuba. The competition is being held in the Dominican Republic.
Jamaica opened the scoring in the 34th minute with a sublime finish from Kameron Simmonds. Simmonds added a second goal in the 49th minute to cap off an impressive individual performance. The third goal came from Christina Salmon who was introduced as a second-half substitute. The young Reggae girlz are hoping to make it into the knockout phase and this win will help them go deep into the tournament.
Unfortunately, the Jamaicans will have to play their next matches without captain Peyton McNamara who has been ruled out with an injury. The Reggae girlz have now secured three points and play their last group game against Haiti.
Teams will qualify from the group into the knockout round by finishing among the top three teams. Costa Rica will host this year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup and this competition will be used as a qualifier. Teams can secure a place in the world cup by finishing as one of the two semi-final winners or by winning the third-place game.
Many Jamaicans are hopeful but they remain unsure about the girlz chances of qualifying for the U-20 world cup. The tournament will take place from August 10-28.
The Jamaican U-20 squad is made up of 20 players. The team includes players who have experience on the international level. In fact, 15 of the players are based in North America.
The team is also composed of local players like Javanae Jones, Davia Richards, Andrene Smith, Daihla Whyte and Shaneil Buckley. Shania Harris, Christina Salmon and Nevillegail Able are currently in United States colleges after excelling locally.
Four of the footballers have been representing Jamaica since the Under-15 stage while nine have played in the Under-20 and Under-17 group levels.