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Young boyz clip Cuba

Published:Wednesday | March 1, 2017 | 3:00 AMLivingston Scott
Jhan Rodriguez (left) from Cuba tries to control the ball while under pressure from Jamaica’s Jermaine Lyons during the second practice match between Jamaica and Cuba’s under-17 football teams. The match took place at the Jamaica Football Federation Academy yesterday. Jamaica won 1-0.

Kaheem Parris' 80th- minute strike gave Jamaica's under-17s a 1-0 win over Cuba in the second game of their two-match friendly series at the Jamaica Football Federation Technical Centre yesterday.

The young Reggae Boyz were again the better of the two teams and created better chances in what was a deserved win.

Jamaica's coach, Andrew Edwards, was pleased with what he saw, but insisted that there is still a lot of work to be done.

"I am very pleased with what we got, but we still have areas we have to work on. Despite not creating as many chances as we did Sunday, but it's a work in progress and we will continue to strive for better," Edwards said.

Both teams started slowly and took a while to get into stride, with not much openings created in the first half. The first real chance went to Cuba's Jan Maro Rodriquez, whose shot just missed the upright. Trayvvone Reid had a great chance moments later but steered his effort wide of the mark.

After the break, the young boyz were more purposeful and had good chances through Blake White (twice) and Parris. But the best chance fell to Sunday's hero Ricardo McIntosh, who turned Nique Daley's low cross wide from six yards.

But Parris, the creative force in midfield, ensured the boyz got the morale boosting victory when he slotted past the Cuban custodian from outside the area, with the aid of an unpredictable bounce.

MASSIVE IMPROVEMENTS

"We put in a way better performance that we did against USA and Canada, and physically, we were much better, so those are areas we showed massive improvements and will continue to improve and get stronger. But winning was important. It will give us confidence ... although everybody believe we are in a zone of death, we believe we are in a zone of opportunity and we are going to go to Panama and fight tooth and nail for every second and hopefully the results will fall our way," Edwards added.

Cuba's coach, Rufina Sotolongo, was not too disappointed with the defeat and said all objectives were met.

"We came here to see some of the players and we saw the players and their ability to manage the game over the two games. I am not dissatisfied, we really did what we came to do," he said.