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Ja, Cuba in 1-1 draw

Published:Friday | March 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica battled to a 1-1 draw against Caribbean neighbours Cuba in the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship in San Pedro Sula, Honduras yesterday.

Cuba led courtesy of a goal by Eduard Puga in the 47th minute. However, Jamaica's forward Nathaniel Adamolekun, tapped home in the 53rd minute to level the score. That was Adamolekun's second goal of the tournament as he had scored in a 2-1 victory against Guatemala last Monday.

It was a close contest between both teams, but Jamaica missed an early chance from the penalty spot. St George's College schoolboy Alex Marshall missed the spot kick in the third minute after a Cuban defender handled the ball.

Jamaica were reduced to ten men when second half substitute Demar James was ejected in stoppage time after picking up a second yellow card.

The result lifted Jamaica to four points from three games while Cuba moved to two points in Zone A.

Jamaica will next play against another Caribbean rivals Trinidad and Tobago next Sunday. Their final group game is against the USA three days later.

The tournament will be used to determine the four CONCACAF representatives at the 2015 FIFA World Cup in Chile. The two group winners qualify automatically for the final and the World Cup, while the runners-up and third-place teams from the two groups will play-off for the last two CONCACAF slots at the World Cup.