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Boyz book Gold Cup semi-final spot

Published:Thursday | July 20, 2017 | 8:37 PM

Jamaica's Reggae Boyz booked a spot in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup after a nervy 2-1 victory over Canada at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Thursday. 

Shaun Francis and Romario Williams scored in each half before David Junior Hoilett pulled one back to make the Jamaicans' night uncomfortable in an exciting contest played in front of a modest crowd. 

Canada started the game in confident fashion but Francis sent the Jamaicans ahead in the sixth minute, latching on to Darren Mattocks pull back to finish powerfully in the back of the net. 

The Jamaicans were hardly troubled for the rest of the half and had a few opportunities to double their advantage. 

Their lead was doubled when Williams curled a shot from the top of the box beyond the palms of Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan in the 50th minute. 
Hoilett, whose parents are Jamaican, produced the goal of the game, after he caressed a long effort over and to the left of Jamaican captain and goalkeeper Andre Blake. 

Blake was forced into a number of tough saves, particularly off another long range Hoilett effort as the Jamaicans saw out the win.