King slams in ninth goal of the season
Less than a week after quitting international football, controversial Reggae Boyz striker Marlon King scored his ninth goal of the season as he helped Birmingham City to a share of the points in the English Championship division yesterday.
The 32-year-old's 17th minute strike was crucial in helping the visitors to a 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.
Spanish forward Ruben Rochina put Rovers ahead in the 13th minute from the penalty spot after David Murphy brought down Mauro Formica in the area.
Four minutes later, however, King gave City parity when he tucked home from close range after Nikola Zigic's initial shot rebounded off the uprights.
He came close again minutes later but neither side could break the deadlock and the game finished level.
King had a volatile international career for Jamaica, serving one year of a two-year ban six years ago and a recent two-match suspension, both for curfew-related infractions.
At Oakwell Stadium in north England, striker Jermaine Beckford gave Jamaican football authorities even more reasons to step up their chase, when he scored to lead Huddersfield Town to a 1-0 victory over Barnsley.
Beckford, who qualifies to play for the Reggae Boyz through his parentage, struck in the 36th minute when he headed in Simon Church's cross.
The 28-year-old was replaced after 59 minutes but the goal proved to be the decisive factor in the encounter.
Beckford is being courted by the Jamaica Football Federation to play in the upcoming CONCACAF final round World Cup qualifiers.