Jamaica U 17 Boys inches closer to World Cup play-off berth

Jamaica Under-17 Boys inched closer to a 2015 World Cup play-off berth last Sunday, March 8, when they defeated rivals Trinidad & Tobago 5-1 in Group A of the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship at the Estadio Francisco Morazan San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Scoring for Jamaica were Peter Vassell (39th), Nathaniel Adamolekun (45th+3), Tajea Brown (80th, 85th) and Donovan Dawkins (90th) while Noah Powder scored the lone goal for Trinidad & Tobago in the 44th minute.

The Young Reggae Boyz, one of the five teams representing the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) at this level are now on seven points from four games (one loss, two wins and a draw) just one point behind hosts Honduras on eight and USA on ten. The other CFU affiliated teams are Cuba with three points from four games (one loss three draws) and Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti and St Lucia who are yet to earn a point.

Jamaica's Head Coach Andrew Edwards made three changes to the starting list switching goalkeepers and brought on Jahmali Waite for Akeem Chambers. Javain Brown was positioned at left back, while Nicholas Nelson replaced Dawkins up front. This decision definitely made a difference. Mexica meets Haiti today, March 9 at 2:30pm followed by Costa Rica VS Panama at 5:00pm.

The feature game will be played between St Luca and Canada at 7:30pm. Tomorrow will be a rest day while on Wednesday March 11, it will be back to action time when Trinidad & Tobago takes on counterparts Cuba at 2:30pm, USA faces Jamaica at 5:00pm and at 7:30pm Honduras hosts Guatemala.

The tournament will crown the Confederation champion at this age-group level and also qualify four teams for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup to be held in Chile later this year. After round-robin play, the top team from each group will advance to the World Cup, while the other two places will be determined by the results of the final day elimination matches.