Reggae Girlz hunt second win
COUVA, Trinidad (CMC):
Jamaica will hunt their second victory in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women's Caribbean Cup Finals when they tackle Bermuda in the opening game of a Group A double-header at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago today. Match time is 5 p.m. (4 p.m. Jamaica time).
A brace from prolific striker Shakira Duncan fired Jamaica to a 4-1 win over Puerto Rico in their opening match at the same venue on Tuesday.
Duncan converted in the 34th and 51st minutes, while Donna-Kay Henry scored a sixth-minute penalty, and Nicole Campbell-Green found the net in the 47th minute to ensure victory.
Both teams were deadlocked around the middle of the first half after Laura Suarez temporarily equalised for the Puerto Ricans in the 25th minute of play.
In damp conditions caused by intermittent showers before and during the encounter, Henry sent the Jamaicans ahead with a well-placed penalty kick, created by debutante Shaneka Gordon, who was tripped inside the box after winning the rebound from her close-range shot.
Twelve minutes later, Puerto Rico found the equaliser when Suarez's long-range free-kick eluded the defence and goalkeeper Nicole McClure and bounced into the goal.
Duncan put the Jamaicans back in front with a fine solo effort, dismissing two defenders before knocking home the rebound after the Puerto Rican custodian saved her initial attempt.
Campbell-Green netted a right-footer four minutes later, and the slippery Duncan notched her second goal after rounding a defender as the Jamaicans took charge.
In today's feature encounter, Puerto Rico will take the pitch against Haiti, who are also seeking their second win after hammering Bermuda 5-1 in the second game on Monday.
The Haitians, by virtue of a marginally superior goal difference, head Jamaica in the standings. Both have three points.