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Jamaica Under-17s miss out on FIFA World Cup spot

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2015 | 8:51 PM

Jamaica failed to better the United States a second time around at the CONCACAF Under-17 Championships, going down 5-4 in a sudden-death penalty shoot-out after playing to a 0-0 draw in their play-off game in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, last night, to miss out on qualifying for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Alex Marshall, who also missed a penalty against Cuba, was again the unlucky kicker for the young Reggae Boyz, placing

his team's sixth penalty of the shootout

just wide of the upright, with the US

leading 5-4.

The US dominated the first half and had the young Boyz on the back foot for most of the half. But the Jamaicans improved their performance in the second half and held out until the final whistle. With no extra time, the teams went straight into penalties. The US missed their first kick, but found themselves on even keel when Ajeani Talbott missed Jamaica's first kick afterwards.