Reggae Girlz miss out on semifinal spot at CAC Games
Jamaica's Reggae Girlz will return home from the 23rd Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia without a medal following action in the football competition on Monday.
The Reggae Girlz failed to make the semifinals despite beating host Colombia 2-1 in their final preliminary round game.
The Reggae Girlz had twice given up 1-0 leads to lose 2-1 in games against Venezuela and Costa Rica and entered the game against Colombia without a point.
On Monday, they went into a game against Colombia needing to win by two clear goals to advance to the next round and, again, they started well, with Chinyelu Asher’s 26th-minute goal sparking some hope.
But Colombia got back into the game at the 35-minute mark through Isabella Echeverri.
In the second half, where the Jamaicans have had all their problems in this tournament, they went up again, through Jody Brown’s 52nd-minute effort.
Now the Jamaicans were a goal away from continuing in the competition but found a misfiring Khadija Shaw unusually not up to the task.
Put through on goal, Shaw failed to make the Colombians pay and later muffed a free-kick from a wonderful spot.
The result meant Jamaica, Colombia, and Venezuela ended tied on three points apiece, but the Jamaicans missed out on goal difference. Costa Rica qualified top of the group with a perfect nine points.
According to Reggae Girlz coach Lorne Donaldson, while he is disappointed with not getting out of the group, there were many positives to take away from the experience.
Donaldson also liked the fact that the girls showed they had learned from the mistakes of the first two games and that they showed courage.
“We’ve been let down in the last five minutes of the previous games and we talked about managing the game and courage and heart and I think we came through.
“Sometimes a good team doesn’t make it out. We could have easily ended up with seven points.but it slipped away and we have to move on.”
Venezuela are through to the next phase along with Costa Rica.