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Soca Warriors shock Reggae Boyz in Rhythm Clash



Kingston: The long awaited soccer Rhythms Clash between Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors and Jamaica Reggae Boyz turned out to be a “ Soca Warriors shocker in Jamaica”.  In a game where the Reggae Boyz dominated for over 70 minutes of play, Trinidad and Tobago lived up to their Warriors image by picking up a late tempo to score two goals to secure a surprising 2-2 tie in extra time.

The result of the Rhythm Clash was a favorable one for the Soca Warriors and probably a blessing in disguise for the disappointed Reggae Boyz, when you factor in the inexperience of the T&T team and the sudden withdrawal of their key players.  Reggae Boyz on the other hand would have to learn that the game is played for 90+ minutes and a slim 2 goal lead is erasable.


However from my vantage point the Reggae Boyz performed to their level of physical readiness in the first half of the game, but it could be argued that their mental toughness may be in question and unfortunately for Jamaica coach Rene Simoes it was public knowledge that Trinidad and Tobago had a young and inexperience roster especially with the absence of Kenwyne Jones, Carlos Edwards and Collin Samuel.


I am of the belief that Rene Simoes mistake had more to do with his assessment of Coach Maturana T&T team resiliency. With an attainable 2-0 half time advantage, coach Simoes replaced goalkeeper Donavan Ricketts and captain Marlon King at the break.

  Simoes big mistake was replacing striker Marlon King since King was the player that had the young Warriors defender in a mess with his running off the ball.  When he was in the game the T&T defenders had no idea where he was and where he was going to which for the most part was behind the Warriors defense to receive his passes.


After the early tentative minutes the Reggae Boyz broke the game open with an effective and entertaining offensive display after missing a few chances. Marlon King opened the scoring for Reggae Boyz at the 34th minute on text book turn around shot after getting the inside position on his defender.


The Reggae Boyz fans erupted on the goal and the Rhythm football show had began on the expense of a number of last minute tackles and switch coverage by the T&T defense. The Reggae Boyz fans were buzzing with excitement and licking their chops in anticipation of a Jamaica rout.


To add to the celebration (TFC own) Reggae Boyz right back Tyrone Marshall out muscled his opposing defender to beat goalkeeper Jan Williams to give Jamaica a 2-0 lead at the 40th minute that held up into the half.

The nature of the second goal must have given Jamaica coach Simoes a false sense of security as he inserted, Deon Burton for Marlon King at halftime and Tyrone Marshall was given the captain’s armband.


Goalkeeper Barrett was also replaced in the Reggae Boyz net with Duwayne Kerr which in reality was a change at both ends of their defense, and although Jamaica continued their dominance at the start of the second half, their vertical game appeared to have an underlying hint of showboating which spurred the Soca Warriors to firm up in an effort not to be embarrassed.


 As a result T&T clawed back into the contest and was rewarded when substitute Osei Telesford broke free on the right from a head-on pass from Roberts to sizzle a shot past goalkeeper Duwayne Kerr. The goal stunned the Reggae Boyz supporters at the “Office” who at the 74th minute mark were already leaving with what they thought was a Jamaica win in the bag.


Then suddenly at the announcement of two minutes play of extra time by the fourth official, lightening struck and this time the ”Office” crowd was shock. Warriors captain Aurtis Whitley eluded a Reggae Boyz defender on a fail defensive clearance and unleashed a 25 yard left footer that deflected slightly to beat the goalkeeper into the net to give the Soca Warriors a 2-2 tie. The equalizer sent the small contingent of Warriors fans into a frenzy much to the disappointment of the faithful Reggae Boyz fans.


At the press conference, Reggae Boyz Technical Director Simoes was under pressure and admitted “When things are not going good, it is me the coach that everybody will look at. It was my decision to make the changes... it was my decision to take out Marlon King and put in Deon Burton.

Even JFF President Burrell voiced his opinion at the press conference “I, too, am disappointed, to say the least. It was very unfortunate that we did not win the game, but when you looked carefully at what happened, you would have seen that in the first half we had our more experienced players on the pitch.

'But one has to also understand... that there are players that the coach must look at with World Cup qualifiers just around the corner in June,' Burrell said.

Meanwhile, Trinidad's assistant coach Anton Corneal was not at a lost for words as he praised his young side for a gutsy second-half performance. Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica will play Bahamas and Bermuda respectively in their World Cup qualifying game on June 14 and 21-22 in a home and away series



 TRI: - 1.Jan-Michael Williams, 5.Keyeno Thomas, 2.Kern Cupid, 15.Akeem Adams (3.Akile Edwards 46th), 13.Makan Hislop, 9.Aurtis Whitley (capt), 19.Keon Daniel, 6.Khaleem Hyland, 8.Kerry Baptiste (4.Osei Telesford 59th), 10.Darryl Roberts, 11.Randi Patterson (7.Jamaal Gay 59th).


JAM: Donovan Ricketts (Duwayne Kerr 46th), Adrian Reid, Demar Stewart, Obrian Woodbine, Oneil Thompson (Khari Stephenson), Tyrone Marshall, Rudolph Austin, Omar Daley (Ricardo Cousins 68th), Demar Phillips (Wolry Wolfe), Marlon King (capt) (Deon Burton 46th), Luton Shelton (James Thomas).


A Reggae Boyz team comprising of home based players opened their seven game Brazil tour with a 1-0 win over 2nd Division Tigers of Brazil and a 2-2 tie in their second game against another second division team. The results of the game on the tour seemed to be exactly what Jamaica's Technical director Brazilian Rene Simoes was seeking out of their three-week camp in Brazil as he intends to play tougher opponents towards the end of the tour. As he insist the objective of the exercise is to develop confidence and mental toughness in his players and he was reported as saying that the group of players has shown maturity and is more professional than the players he had when he arrived in Jamaica in 1994. Based on the performances of the Reggae Boyz of late there is no reason to doubt that Rene Simoes and the Reggae Boyz program may have turned the corner. Only time will tell


Jamaica Reggae Boyz vs T&T Soca Warriors

As old man winter with his unwelcome early presence, delivered lots of snow at our doorsteps, the Caribbean “snow birds” are thanking the Football Federations of Jamaica (JFF) and Trinidad and Tobago (TTFF) for their promise of heat, fun and excitement during the winter months. 


Last Sunday the two football Federations has included a Reggae Boyz- Soca Warriors   series to their football fun packages of International friendlies in preparation for their World Cup 2010 qualifying second round campaign. The first Trinidad and Tobago’s “Soca Warriors” - Jamaica’s “Reggae Boyz” game is scheduled for the National Stadium in Kingston on March 26.


 According to TTFF President Oliver Camps “The game comes at an ideal time as both countries will be in the process of getting prepared for the start of their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaigns. We always have a good rivalry with Jamaica and I expect that we will have a team inclusive of our best players to put on a good showing on the day,” Camps told TTFF Media on Sunday. Jamaica’s Football Federation President Horace Burrell reinforced Camps sentiment and is anticipating that the game would serve well to assist his country’s build up program for the 2010 campaign.


 The Football Federations pounced on the opportunity to fine tune their squad for their second round scheduled in June, 2008 after both T&T and Jamaica received a first round bye into the tournament. Both teams rosters are expected to have their overseas-based professionals and for this game it is a given that player motivation would not be a factor for the “Caribbean Rhythms Clash”.


 However one should be aware that the stakes of this game is only bragging rights and the outright winner to the Jamaica–T&T series would have to continue to work hard to maintain their emotional lift. The date of the first Reggae Boyz–Soca Warriors game (March 26) is a FIFA date and as such the second leg of the first round of World Cup qualifiers will be playing on the same day.


 The Jamaica-T&T rivalry is old hat for Jamaica new head coach Simoes. As coach of Jamaica he tied a friendly 0-0 against T&T during his campaign to France World Cup in 1998 with the Reggae Boyz's. Simoes lost to Jamaica 2-1 when he was head coach of Trinidad and Tobago in the closing stages of the 2002 World Cup qualifiers. Both games were played at the Queen’s Park Oval. On the flipside T&T head coach Wim Rijsbergen can learn from this experience. Simoes will officially begin his duties with the JFF on January 5.  


Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago 2010 campaign would end in the preliminary phase of the World Cup qualifiers, if T&T does not get past the winner of the Bermuda and Cayman Islands series and Jamaica does not get past the winner of the Bahamas/British Virgin Islands in June. The first round will be played on February 6 and March 26.  

T&T and Jamaica second round home and away games are on June 14 and June 21. Once through to the third round (semi-final stage), T&T could conceivably play against the United States, Cuba and Guatemala. If the second round is favorable for Jamaica they could potentially be in the group of death with Canada, Honduras and Mexico providing there are no upsets. 


Prior to the “Caribbean Rhythms Clash” between the Reggae Boyz and the Soca Warriors, Jamaica will be prancing on Ash Wednesday February 6 at Kingston National Stadium against Costa Rica while T&T will be having their Carnival last lap at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain against Guadeloupe on the same Ash Wednesday. 


The Reggae Boyz technical director René Simoes returned to Jamaica to start official duty in the company of Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Captain Horace Burrell on last weekend.


René Simoes tenure with the JFF would be for the duration of three-years and his duties as Technical Director includes all the national football teams, including the female teams. However Burrell revealed that Simoes was not the head coach of the Reggae Boyz and he was quite frank when he implied that “Jamaica simply cannot afford that”.  


Simoes is expected to utilize Chico Santos, the Brazilian coach he returned to Jamaica in the company of, and Theodore Whitmore as his assistant coach.  Whitmore coach Jamaica to two consecutive international friendly wins before Simoes appointment.


Jamaica Football turning the corner

Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago qualify to CONCACAF Women’s Olympic

Jamaica joined Trinidad & Tobago into the six- team Qualification Final Round of the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic as the two Caribbean qualified for the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Tournament, The CONCACAF Tournament, which will run from 2-13 April, include the defending champion, USA along with North Zone representatives Canada and Mexico, along with Central American qualifier Costa Rica with Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago rounding of the field. The tournament will be played in Chihuahua, Mexico, from April 2 to13.

Jamaica Reggae Girlz advanced to the final round of 2008 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualification after defeating host Cuba 3-0 on aggregate in Havana in the Caribbean Second Round. The Reggae Girlz won the first match 1:0 at the Estadio Pedro Marrero and Jamaica completed the two-game sweep of Cuba with a 2:0 triumph in the second-game at the same venue on Saturday. The Reggae Girlz has now played 450 minutes and has not conceded a goal and has outscored their Caribbean opponents 27-0 in CONCACAF qualification.


Jamaica Football

Jamaica Reggae Boyz and Jamaica Harbourview FC post monumental victories during the last week. Harbour View defeated Joe Public of the Trinidad and Tobago Pro-League 2-1 in the final of the Caribbean Football Union Club championship to secure a spot in the 2008 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup.

In other action the Reggae Boyz defeated Guatemala  and El Salvador 2-0 and 3-0 respectively in their first International matches under  interim head coach Theodore Whitmore. The wins seemed to send a signal that Jamaica football could be on the rise under Horace Burrell the new leader in Horace Burrell as President, and their new interim coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore.


In the El Salvador the Reggae Boyz had a two goal performance from team captain Ricardo Gardner before  an estimated 20,000 enthused fans.  In the second game Jamaica defended two first half goals by Ricardo Fuller and Omar Daley scored in the 10th and 22nd minute on a wet and heavy field in Kingston. It should be noted that Toronto FC’s Tyrone played the full 90 minutes for Jamaica in the two game in the defensive midfielder position.

Jamaica Harbour View CFU Champions 2007             

Jamaica Harbour View FC has secured their place in the 2008 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup after they won the (CFU) Club Champions 2007 over Joe Public of the Trinidad and Tobago Pro- League 2-1 in the CFU final at the Marvin Lee Stadium in Tunapuna, Trinidad.

Joe Public the “Eastern Lions” set the tone of the game as they opened the scoring at the 16th minute mark on a goal scored by Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Kerry Baptiste.


However Harbourview would have none of that and returned the favour two fold with goals by Fabian Taylor and Kavin Bryan at the 21st and 23rd minute to head into half time.

In the second half the teams missed scoring opportunities on both ends of the field in a game where Harbour View defended well and held on to win with 10 men, after their captain Christopher Harvey was sent off in the 56th minute for his second yellow card.                                                                                                                                               
The CFU championship comprises of champion teams of the previous year which represent their respective country and the win gives Harbour View its second CFU title in three years. In 2004 Harbour View defeated compatriots Tivoli Gardens 3-2 on aggregate in the finals and although they lost to W-Connection of Trinidad and Tobago in the 2006 CFU final, this year Harbour View is making a case that they may be the best or one of the best team in the Caribbean in recent years.


The 2007 Caribbean Football Union Club Championship was played with Trinidad and Tobago as the host site while in the past the tournament was played on a home and away basis. The adoption of a host site was introduced due to the financial losses of the teams under the home and away format. Harbour View seemed destine after they defeated CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh of Trinidad in the semi finals on penalty kicks.

The Harbour View-Jabloteh game was the first of the semi final double header as the teams played scoreless and fought tooth and nail up to the end of the thirty minutes of extra time. Although at the end of games penalty gives the underdog a better chance in this game the teams were even and toe to toe and stuck together like glue. The teams were inseparable after the mandatory five penalty kicks as they both perfect from the spot.


However someone had to loose and when Jabloteh’s Carlton Murray penalty hit the upright when Harbour View midfielder Keith Kelly, who only two season ago played for San Juan Jabloteh, scored the winning kick to give his team a 10-9 win to advance to the CFU final.
Harbour View will now join defending title-holders Pachuca CF of Mexico, DC United of the United States, CD Motagua of Honduras, Costa Rica’s Deportivo Saprissa and a club from Mexico, the US and Central America to round off the teams for the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup


Soccer Salute in Toronto 2006  

                              Invitational  vs     Jamaica Flag  Invitational    
Soccer Salute 2006 was played before a large enthusiastic crowd at Allan Lamport Stadium in Toronto last Sunday with Trinidad and Tobago defeating Jamaica 1-0 on a goal scored by Kevin Jeffery in the 75th minute of play. After the two teams warmed up the atmosphere was very electrifying when the fans of the two teams started singing, chanting and making noise with anything in their possession in anticipation of the friendly rivalry.

For the promoters this must have been a welcomed change compared to earlier reports that some people could have left the venue after it was alleged that they were misinformed the time of the game but later found out that the time of the featured Invitational game (of the three games scheduled) was 7pm. If this was the case then unfortunately those people would have missed a level of soccer that has not been seen in the Caribbean community for quite some time.

The game started at a fast pace which favored the youthful T&T Invitational team who strung together several combinations of passes, while running into spaces to utilize the enormous size of the Lamport field. However their impressive start was stalled somewhat by the solid play of the Jamaican defense that shutdown their early advances without giving T&T a shot on their net.

At that point in the game the Jamaican midfielders lead by Reggae Boyz superstar Theodore Whitmore systematically took control of the game but as a payback they found the Trinidad and Tobago defense also were a tough bunch although the Jamaican attacks were potentially more dangerous due to their close proximity to the Trinidad net.  The Jamaicans however could not capitalize on their territorial advantage due to a high percentage of their shots going high and wide or their lacked of awareness or aggressiveness around the goal area. 

T&T Invitational withstood the pressure and showed the characteristics of the real Soca Warriors by not only staying competitive but battling back to have more direct chances on goals from headers from crosses that forced Reggae Boyz goalkeeper Barrett to come up with brilliant saves. On the flipside the dominant Reggae Boyz Invitational team had only a couple of direct shots on net: One a classic Whitmore low curving free kick that forced goalkeeper Ross Russell to make a full extension save to push the ball around the post. Although the half ended goalless the game was full with excitement and the level of play was definitely at International football/soccer standard. The large crowd was full with enthusiasm and the supporters of the teams were thrilled with their moments of scoring anxieties mixed with defensive scares.

Heading into the second half the game was delayed for over half an hour due to a lengthy halftime show. Needless to say this was not a popular decision with the players of both teams. The delay seemed to affect the Jamaica team as the second half started slowly with T&T having the first possession and from the touch off T&T seemed a little more settled after withstanding the dominant play of the Jamaican team in the latter stages of the first half.  T&T was more deliberate in their build up and play selections which balanced of the run of play and time of possession.  However although the game was more competitive  the slow precision build up of the Jamaican team could not be flawed or matched.


From my vantage point as T&T coach our defense had to be patient and continue to work hard to utilize the age advantage and cut down the space of Jamaica midfielders. As the game progress to the later stages  Reggae Boyz goal keeper Warren Barrett was put to the test and was forced to make at least three big stops to keep his team in the game. In the meantime the Jamaican team continued to hedge goal wards but without the urgency needed to capitalize on their potential scoring chances.


In the end the T&T Invitational team perseverance was rewarded when the Jamaica Invitational defense was caught out of position as T&T midfielder Kevin Jeffery broke free all alone on goalkeeper Barrett to tap in a bouncing ball over the keeper right shoulder into the goal. The T&T supporters went into a World Cup frenzy and with that momentum T&T created a few more scoring opportunities but found goalkeeper Barrett a difficult man to negotiate around whenever his defense went shopping for the tying goal.

After the game the Soccer Salute 2006 Challenge Trophy was presented by Jamaican Consulate General Mrs. Annemarie Bonner to the T&T Invitational team captain, goalkeeper Ross Russell, while the runner up trophy was presented to the Jamaican Invitational captain goalkeeper Warren Barrett by the Trinidad and Tobago Consulate General Mr. Michael Lashley. Soccer Salute closed off with some music and the mingling of the players of both teams and their fans.  
Jamaica Invitational Team: Warren Barrett (Capt), Markino Gillins, Theodore Whitmore, Winston Griffith, Daniel Ricketts, Byron Earle, Trevor Gragam, Gladstone Richards, Jeffrey Caine, Kevin Rose, Ronald Nicholas, George Salesman, Mario Osbourne, Kevin Mc Intosh, Andre Steward. Coach: Winston Duhaney
T&T Invitational Team: *Ross Russell (Capt), *Kwesi Smith, *Kevon Carter, Claude Adams, Dexter Pacheco, *Devorn Jorsline, *Conrad Smith, *Christopher Durity, Steve Salim, *Sherron Joseph, Kevin Jeffery, Rene Martin, Todd Oliver, Henry John, Marcus Marshall, Kerry Llewellyn. Coach: Aldwyn McGill, Asst: Dixon Modeste
*Denotes appearance for national team and various levels (caps)

Caribbean Football in Toronto
The hype in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in the sunmmer of 2006 was in connection with the upcoming game between a visiting Trinidad and Tobago Invitational team and a visiting Jamaican Invitational team at Allan Lamport Stadium in downtown Toronto. The anxiety and questions surrounding the game was due to the popularity of the Soca Warriors and the demand for their appearance after their spirited performance as the underdog against Sweden and England.


Therefore everyone assumed that the visiting T&T Invitational team was the Soca Warriors. However since everyone was believing the hype, the promoter/s of the Soccer Salute event had to attend radio shows to inform the public that the Invitational T&T team would not be the real Soca Warriors.

With the complications surrounding the T&T Invitational team status and as the assigned coach of the T&T Invitational team my conditions of involvement was quite simple. If the Invitational team consisted of visiting players from Trinidad and Tobago that had national team (caps) then that would have been satisfactory.
In regards to the Jamaican Invitational team it was reported that the team would have comprised of players that were popular names from the Jamaica’s past Reggae Boyz teams. To add to the entertainment the day’s entertainment program was promised to reflect the cultures of the Caribbean.

Jamaica defeat Canada in rematch

 Jamaica Reggae Boyz regrouped to defeat Canada 2-1 in their rematch game played at the National Stadium in Jamaica. The Reggae Boyz lost to Canada 1-0 in Montreal Canada in September, and was later eliminated from the Digicel Cup after suffering a surprising 2-1 lost to St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and their inability to score the 3 goals needed in their 2-0 win over Haiti. Jamaica failure to advance in the Digicel competition also put them out of the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2007 tournament.


 In the rematch game against Canada, the Reggae Boyz mustered enough offense to come from behind to win unlike their first game The Boyz fell behind in the 9th minute of play on a goal scored by Canada’s midfielder Tomasz Radzinski but to their credit they kept their composure and slowly clawed their way back into the game. They were rewarded when they caught Canada’s defense napping and score two goals in quick succession. The goals were scored by Luton Shelton and Demar Phillips at the 35 and 38 minute respectively. The rest of the game was a reverse in the roles that the two teams played in their first meeting in Montreal. This rematch ended with Canada pushing forward in search of the tying goal with no time left.


This was a huge win for the Reggae Boyz heading into their next International friendly against Peru  on November 15 at the National Stadium in Jamaica. The Reggae Boyz offense seemed to be getting on track, but their defense needs to keep opponents off the scoreboard on a regular basis to allow their offense the luxury of a lead.  The defense played well in the second half to shut down Canada’s aggressive offense and secure the win.


Jamaica - Richard McCallum, Damion Stewart, Oneil Thompson (Shavar Thomas 46th), Shane Crawford (Demar Phillips 26th), Xavean Virgo, Khari Stephenson (Fabian Davis 88th), Omar Daley, Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Jermaine Hue, Luton Shelton (Teafore Bennett 73rd), Ricardo Fuller.

Canada - Kenny Stamatopoulos, Kevin McKenna, Marco Reda, Patrice Bernier (Ali Gerba 77th), Paul Stalteri, Julian de Guzman (Martin Nash 58th), Tomasz Radzinski, Rob Friend, Mike Klukowski (Gabe Gervias 24th, Adam Braz 92nd), Atiba Hutchinson, Josh Simpson


        Canada defeat Jamaica  

Canada defeated Jamaica 1-0 at the Claude-Robillard Stadium in Montreal, on a goal scored by striker Rob Friend in the 41 minute of play. The large crowd (estimated at 6,500) was treated to a well played game as Canada controlled the first half while Jamaica controlled the second.


The game was a typical meeting of the two countries whose results were dead even in their 11 encounters with each team with 5 wins and one tie. In the early stages of the game Jamaica was on the defensive while Canada systematically moved the ball around to create scoring chances. Canada’s best scoring opportunity was from a volley shot by #10 Rob Friend at the 10 minute of the first half. He received a Julian De Guzman cross ball just behind the Jamaican defense but hurried his shot which cause the ball to raise high over the crossbar.


Friend persistence was rewarded just before the half when he capitalized on a blunder by Jamaican goalkeeper Shawn Sawyers when the keeper miss judged a cross ball to allow Friend to score a neat header that give Canada a 1-0 halftime lead The second half started with the teams more patient and deliberate in constructing and executing their plays. The Reggae Boyz seemed more determined to explore Canada weaknesses by using their elusiveness players in isolated situations. Reggae Boyz #7 Jamal Campbell seemed to be the target and the designated destroyer with his crafty moves. Campbell success created excitement for the crowd and attracted two Canadian defenders every time he had possession of the ball.

This situation created extra space for his teammates as # 5 O’Neil Thompson was allowed him to take controlled of the game. The last 15 minutes of the game was a good test for the Canadian team defensively and was it not for several brilliant saves made by Canada goalkeeper Greg Sutton the out come of the game could have be different as Canada secured the 1-0 victory

The game was the first for Canadian interim Head Coach Stephen Hart, a native of Trinidad and Tobago and the rematch is scheduled for October 8 in Kingston, Jamaica. Judging by the intensity of this game it is safe to say that the rematch in Kingston should produce more than one goal.


Caribbean  International Football Update

 Canadian Flag.       Jamaica Flag        

Caribbean and Canadian football /soccer fans will be getting a good taste of the best in Caribbean football both locally and overseas. Last Sunday August 13 visiting Harbourview FC from the Jamaican Professional Football League defeated Serbian White Eagles of the Canadian Soccer League International Division 1-0 by virtue of a penalty kick in the 15 minute of the second half. It was a well played game but the pro Jamaican crowd seemed to be a little disappointed in the play of Harbour View in the early part of the game. The game was played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke in the west end of  Toronto which also happened to be  the home field of the Serbian White Eagles in this their first year in the Canadian Soccer League. The Serbians were attracting large crowds with their explosive offense with an output of over 4 goals a game.

  The Serbians seemed destined to blow the game wide open and was it not for the stubborn Harbour view defense that was not willing to give up any easy goals the game could have been totally one sided. The game was tied 0-0 at the half  and as a result the Serbians were very disappointed not to be leading taking a lead into the change room.

Harbour View started the second half with more intensity and a noticeable improvement in their offensive play and was rewarded at the 15 minute mark with a penalty kick after one of the Serbian defenders misdirected a hard shot with his hand.  Harbourview converted the penalty and but the Serbs kept up the offensive pressure in what turned out to be a see saw battle to the end. In this game Harbour View defense was the difference as they managed to hold on to secure the 1-0 victory. Before this game the Serbian only loss was at the hands of the Toronto Lynx of the USL on penalty kicks, after the game was tied 2-2 after overtime. White Eagles loss to the Lynx was in the Canada Cup KO Tournament. 

Jamaica Reggae Boyz Tie with USA



April 12, 2006

Jamaica Reggae Boyz breathes a sigh of relief after the final whistle of their international game with their CONCACAF rivals USA at the SAS Soccer Park, Cary, North Carolina. With upcoming games against England on June 3 and Canada on September 4 and October 4, the Reggae Boyz were hoping to start their campaign on a winning note and surprise the Americans with what would have been a historic moment having never beaten USA.

The Boyz must have felt that the day had come when at the fourth minute mark Teofore Bennett pick up a Jermaine Hue pass and outran the USA defense to beat goalkeeper Tony Meola with a neat placement to give Jamaica a 1-0 lead. The goal seem to wake up the favored USA team and they began to turn up the heat on Jamaica pressuring the Reggae Boyz defense who was playing well up to that point in the game.

 USA continued to press forward running into spaces at will and scored in the 25th minute of the first half when Ben Olsen received a pass in the area and drove home a low shot under goalkeeper Ricketts to tie the game. The run of play balance off somewhat and the Reggae Boyz countered well down the right flank, putting over some dangerous crosses that created good scoring opportunities.

The USA team continued their attacking style of play in the second half and forced Jamaica goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts to make an acrobatic save to tip Chris Albright's header over the cross bar.

The game was interesting until whole scale substitutions were made for the coaches to take a look at their player on the bench. Towards the latter part of the game USA took control and pressed forward for the winner but the Reggae Boyz defense maintained their composure and withstood the pressure to earn a hard fought 1-1 tie. The Reggae Boyz will have to wait for the next meeting of the two teams to change their 9-0-8 winless streak against USA.

TEAMS: Jamaica - Donovan Ricketts, Claude Davis (Demar Stewart 30th), Damion Stewart, Omar Daley, Garfield Reid, Khari Stephenson (Oneil Thompson 71st), Jermaine Hue, Jason Morrison, (Dane Richards 60th) Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Fabian Dawkins 61st), Ryan Johnson Jermaine Johnson 71st), Teofore Bennett (Newton Sterling 61st). Subs not used: S Sawyers

Booked: Daley (34th)
USA - Tony Meola, Frankie Hejduk, Chris Albright, Landon Donovan, Pat Noonan (John O'Brien 67th), Ben Olsen, Josh Wolff (Eddie Johnson 45th), Steve Ralston (Clint Demsey 55th), Taylor Twellman (Brian Ching 45th), Eddie Pope, Pablo Matsroeni.

Subs not used: M Reis, N Garcia, K Zavagnin,
Booked: Pope (20th)


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