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Under-20s seek second win

Published:Friday | June 17, 2016 | 6:00 AMMarc Stamp
Shamar Nicholson

Jamaica's Under-20 footballers will hunt their second win when they face St Kitts & Nevis in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Men's Under-20 championship at the Felix Sanchez Stadium in the Dominican Republic today, starting at 2 p.m. (1 p.m. Ja time). In the second Group 4 game, hosts Dominican Republic tackle Dominica at 4 p.m.

The Young Reggae Boyz edged Dominica 2-1 in the opener two days ago, so another victory would put the Ricardo Gardner-coached team in a good position to gain automatic qualification spot to the CFU Final Round later this year in Curacao.

It was indeed a disappointing scoreline for the young Boyz, and they should look to win today by a wider margin.

Boys' Town's striker Shamar Nicholson, who scored a brace against Dominica, is again expected to lead Jamaica's hunt for goals. Nicholson should get support from strike partner Jourdain Fletcher, as well as midfielders Luca Levee and Peter-Lee Vassell. The defence line will be marshalled by captain Jahwani Hinds, Ajanie Talbott and Neville Morgan.

The top team from the group qualifies automatically for the final round, where the four respective group winners and the best three runners-up will vie for the CFU Under-20 crown and spots in the CONCACAF Championships next year in Costa Rica.