LED by a double from Kendon Anderson, Jamaica made an impressive start to their campaign in the 2013 CONCACAF Under-20 Championships, beating Puerto Rico 4-1 in their Group C football match at the Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla, Mexico, yesterday.
Captain Omar Holness opened the scoring at the eighth minute in a game the Young Reggae Boyz dominated through superior pace, technique, skill and movements off the ball. They could have won by a much wider margin.
Puerto Rico levelled the scores, only for Damion Lowe, son of former Reggae Boy Onandi, to hand the Jamaicans the lead again, at 2-1 in the 61st, when he met Holness' corner at the top of the six-yard box and volleyed one-time into the net.
Anderson gave the team a cushion with its third goal, when he rose at the far post to bury a header off André Lewis' cross at the 70th.
Anderson netted his second and Jamaica's fourth goal at the 82nd, when he latched on to a ball that bounced over the Puerto Rican defence and raced away to slot past the advancing custodian.
Jamaica's other group opponents are Panama, whom they will play on Saturday.
There are four three-team groups, from which the top two will advance to the quarter-finals.
The top four will move on to the semis and FIFA Under-20 World Championship, which will be played in Turkey later this year.
The Under-20s are aiming to qualify for the second World Cup Finals, following qualification in 2001 (Argentina).