Jamaica advance to CFU Under-17 finals
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica defeated Guadeloupe 3-0 at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, St Andrew on Wednesday night and qualified for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-17 tournament eight-team finals.
The young Reggae Boyz topped Group One of the World Cup qualifying competition courtesy of goals by striker Nicholas Nelson in the 23rd and 33rd minutes. Nelson's strike partner, Donovan Dawkins scored the other goal in the 53rd minute.
With the win, Jamaica ended Group One on maximum nine points from three games, while Guadeloupe ended in second place on six points.
Coach Andrew Edwards was very pleased with the local team's overall performance.
"We are absolutely pleased as the team had a very good game in all areas. We were disciplined throughout," Edwards told The Gleaner.
Edwards is now looking ahead to the next stage in Haiti from September 26 to October 4.
"We will be scouting to see if we can add more players. We will look at what is available," the Jamaica Under-17 head coach disclosed.
He added that it will be difficult to win the CFU tournament but with five teams advancing to the CONCACAF stage of the World Cup qualifiers that should be easier to attain.
"It will be tough to win the CFU Championship. But, five teams will advance to the CONCACAF stage and, as long as we make it to the semi-finals of the CFU Championship we will book a spot. We expect to win the group and advance," Edwards explained.
In the first game on Wednesday night, Cayman Islands blanked the US Virgin Islands 2-0.