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Boyz hunt Gold Cup quarter-final berth

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:20 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Jamaica’s Shamar Nicholson (front) dribbles ahead of Honduran player Emilio Izaguirre in their Group C Concacaf Gold Cup match at the National Stadium on Monday night.
Jamaica’s Shamar Nicholson (front) dribbles ahead of Honduran player Emilio Izaguirre in their Group C Concacaf Gold Cup match at the National Stadium on Monday night.

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will be hunting their second consecutive victory at the Concacaf Gold Cup tournament when they take on El Salvador at the BBVA Stadium in Houston, Texas, this evening at six.

The Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore-coached team will enter the encounter full of confidence, having defeated Honduras 3-2 in their opening match at the National Stadium on Monday.

The victory saw the Reggae Boyz moving to the top of Group C on goal difference, ahead of El Salvador, who defeated Curaçao 1-0 in their opening match of the double-header in Kingston.

A victory for the Reggae Boyz, who were beaten by Mexico and the United States in the 2015 and 2017 finals, respectively, will see them taking over sole leadership of the group.

The Reggae Boyz attacking unit will be led by striker Dever Orgill, who netted a double for the Jamaicans in their opening match.

He is expected to receive valuable support from Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey, who made his long-awaited debut for the country in the opening match. They are expected to receive support from Brian Brown and Peter-Lee Vassell. The midfield will be marshalled by Michael Hector and Devon Williams. Damion Lowe, Shaun Francis, Kemar Lawrence, and Alvas Powell are expected to feature in Jamaica’s defence.

Orgill told The Gleaner after Monday’s victory that they were happy for the victory but that the Reggae Boyz must do a better job in defence if they are going to be successful in the tournament.

“Overall, complacency got the better of us, especially when we were leading 2-nil,” he said. “We conceded two goals, which is unacceptable moving forward.”