Reggae Boyz lose to Peru
Livingston Scott, Gleaner Writer
Peru scored a comfortable 3-1 win over the Reggae Boyz at the Estadio Monumental de la UNSA in Arequipa, Peru, in Tuesday night's friendly international.
The South Americans dominated the entire contest, making light work of the visitors, who struggle to test their hosts with any consistency and mount meaningful attacks.
First-half goals from Edison Flores (21st minute) and Renato Tapia (43rd minute) along with a second half-strike from Paolo Guerrero, saw off a meek challenge from the Reggae Boyz, who were using the game as preparation for the upcoming Caribbean Football Championship and Gold Cup tournaments.
Jamaica started the first five minutes brightly but the hosts soon took charge and broke the deadlock after 21 minutes, when Flores pounced on a rebound from an Andre Blake save to slot home from six yards.
Jamaica came to life briefly after the goal and their best chance for an equaliser fell to Shamar Nicholson after a save by the Peru goalkeeper saw the ball rebounding to him, but he scoffed his effort under pressure from a defender.
Peru eventually resumed control and added a second goal a minute before the break when Tapia powered home a header from a corner, to take a 2-0 lead going in at halftime.
After the interval, Peru continued to dominate and just before the hour, the ever-dangerous, Guerrero, broke the offside trap and raced through to slot past the advancing Blake.
Jamaica did get some consolation shortly afterwards when Owayne Gordon was adjudged to have been fouled inside the box and Jermaine 'Teddy' Johnson, who was very lively after his introduction in the 55th minute, converted from the spot.
Jamaica's next game will be against French Guiana in the Caribbean Cup semi-finals on June 22 in Martinique