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Young Reggae Boyz beat USA 1-0 but must win play off Sunday to head to World Cup

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2015 | 11:36 PMNevada Morgan Wright

Jamaica's Under-17 football team failed to secure an automatic qualifying spot to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, despite beating leaders the United States of America, 1-0, in their final Group A match at the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship at the Estadio Francisco Moranzan Stadium in San Pedro Sula, Honduras late Wednesday evening.

Hydel’s striker Nicholas Nelson provided Jamaica with the win - their third of the competition - when he converted a penalty on 55 minutes, rolling his shot to the right of the U.S.A goalkeeper Will Pulisic, sending him the wrong way.
The win had propelled Jamaica to the top position in the group which would have sent the Junior Reggae Boys straight into the World Cup, but host nation Honduras, who played the late game beat ten-man Guatemala 2-1, to secure the automatic qualifying spot by winning the group with 11 points.

Jamaica finished second on 10 points, along with the United States who also ended on 10 points in third place.

Jamaica and the USA will play-off on Sunday against the second or third place teams from the other group for a spot to the World Cup in Chile in October and November later this year.