Reggae Boyz win 2014 Caribbean Cup
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica notched a sixth Caribbean Cup title following a dramatic match that went to penalty kicks to determine the winners after 120 minutes of football against arch rivals Trinidad and Tobago at the Montego Bay Sports Complex tonight.
One of the happiest men in Montego Bay last night was Reggae Boyz head coach Winfried Schaefer.
"I am very delighted for the win," Schaefer said after the tense penalty shoot-out.
"The team was very disciplined. I hope that now that we have won that everyone will see that we have a strong team."
It was sweet, sweet victory for the Reggae Boyz who had goalkeeper Andre Blake to thank in part as his brilliant save of Trinidad and Tobago's first penalty kick taken by their captain Kenwyne Jones.
It gave Jamaica the decisive advantage in the series of penalty kicks.
Jermaine Taylor, Jobi McAnuff, Demar Phillips and captain Rodolph Austin scored from the spot, while striker Michael Seaton had his kick saved by the Trinidad keeper.
There were no separating the two finalists as wayward shooting and excellent defending stopped them from gaining an advantage.
In the 15th minute, Dane Richards had his shot parried to safety by the Trinidad keeper and McAnuff picked up the ball before hitting a torrid shot that flew past the upright as the Trinidad defenders breathed a sigh a relief.
Darren Mattocks who shared the Golden Boot award with Trinidad’s Kevin Molino then had a great chance in the 85th minute to give Jamaica a late winner in normal time but his flashing header drifted just wide of the upright.
In the dying moments of the game, Khaleem Hyland had an uncontested header from inside Jamaica’s six yard box but sent it over the crossbar.
Blake’s heroics, his second in as many matches, was a fitting end to the tournament, which received passing grades from Caribbean Football Union president Gordon Derrick, who praised the local organisers for the “outstanding work”.
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