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Reggae Boyz reach semis

Published:Monday | December 8, 2008 | 10:09 AM

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz yesterday booked their place in the semi-finals of the 2008 Digicel Caribbean Championship after playing to a 1-1 draw with Regional powerhouse Trinidad and Tobago at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose.

Eric Vernon scored for the Reggae Boyz in the 47th minute, while Errol McFarlane responded for T&T, nine minutes from the end.

The result means that T&T, the only Caribbean team through to the final round of the CONCACAF qualifying series for the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa, are out of the Digicel Championship.

The Jamaicans finished the preliminary round unbeaten with seven points for top spot in the Group ‘A’ table.

Grenada, which defeated Barbados 4-2 in yesterday other Group ‘A’ game, finished second with six points and join the Reggae Boyz in the last four.

The Group ‘B’ preliminary round concludes today at Jarrett Park in Montego Bay with defending champions Haiti facing a must-win match against Cuba to have any chance of reaching the last four. The game will kick off at 5 p.m.

At 7 p.m., Antigua and Barbuda play Guadeloupe in the other Group ‘B’ match.

Jamaica, Grenada and Cuba are the teams assured so far of a spot in the semi-finals and the CONCACAF Gold Cup next year in the United States.