Saturday 17 November, 2018

Reggae Boyz rally from 2-goals down to draw with Barbados

Jamaica's Reggae Boyz showed character on Monday night to secure a 2-2 draw against Barbados  Sir at the Garfield Sobers Complex in their second international friendly inside four days.

On Friday night, the Reggae Boyz whipped Grenada 5-1 at the Kirani James Athletic Stadium in Grenada.

This time around, the Reggae Boyz had to come from two goals down as late strikes from Marvin Morgan and Peter Lee Vassell handed them the draw.

Fabion McCarthy also missed a penalty for the visitors who roared to life after a first half in which they dominated play but failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities.

Barbados took the lead in the 33rd minute when Rashad Jules’ shot from close range deflected off Chevone Marsh and looped over the head of goalkeeper Damion Hyatt.

The goal rattled Jamaica as the Barbadians attacked relentlessly down the flanks and raking crosses across the Jamaican goal. It was from one of those crosses that Zico Edmee tapped in from close range to put Barbados 2-0 up.

Jamaica began the second half with greater urgency and within three minutes Vassell earned a penalty when he was brought down in the box but McCarthy’s weak effort was saved by Kishmar Primus diving low to his right.

Primus injured himself in the effort and was replaced by Boxhill, who almost immediately came under a wave of pressure from the Jamaican forwards. He pulled off three brilliant saves in the space of 10 minutes, including a Vassell free-kick which was parried around the right upright.

The Reggae Boyz are  preparing for the Concacaf Nations League. They will open their campaign on September 9 against Cayman Islands at the National Stadium in Kingston.

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