Saturday 15 June, 2019

HALF-TIME: Reggae Girlz lead Panama 1-0

Jamaica's Deneisha Blackwood heads over the upright ahead of Panama's Natalia Mills (right), while Konya Plummer (left) watches during their international friendly match at the National Stadium in Kingston on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Jamaica's Deneisha Blackwood heads over the upright ahead of Panama's Natalia Mills (right), while Konya Plummer (left) watches during their international friendly match at the National Stadium in Kingston on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz are leading Panama 1-0 at half-time in their international friendly match at the National Stadium in Kingston.

The talented Khadija Shaw scored the goal in the 28th minute when she turned on the edge of the 18-yard box and rifled a low shot past goalkeeper Yenith Bailey.

The goal came moments after Shaw put a shot just wide of the near post after she was set up by Deneisha Blackwood following a period of dominance by the Reggae Girlz.

The match is a farewell for the Reggae Girlz before the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France from June 7 to July 7.

After the match, the squad will depart a day later for a short camp in South Florida, before flying to the United Kingdom for a friendly against Scotland in Edinburgh on May 28.

Jamaica is in Group C of the Women’s World Cup with Brazil, Australia, and Italy.

The Reggae Girlz will begin their World Cup campaign on June 9 against 2007  Women's World Cup runners-up Brazil at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble.

Jamaica qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup by defeating Panama 4-2 on penalties following a 2-2 draw in their third-place playoff match at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship at the Toyota Stadium in Texas on October 17, 2018.

The qualification was historic as Jamaica became the first Caribbean team to reach the FIFA Women's World Cup.

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