Another dream has ended

By Ehtesham Arif

June 30, 2022

JAMAICA’S UNDER-20 Reggae Boyz were 90 minutes away from history but eventually were a goal short of destiny.

crashing out of the Concacaf Under-20 Championship at the Olímpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula last night.

The young Reggae Boyz lost 1-0 to the Dominican Republic, who, as qualifiers for this competition, had a fairy tale story of their own.

Between the two countries there had only ever been one World Cup qualifier, the Jamaicans back in 2002, but they never played like it.

In a first half where the Jamaicans were largely second best, the Jamaicans fell to a brilliant goal 10th minute from Angel Montes De Oca.

Montes picked up on a throw that bobbled loose in an innocuous area of the field.

All of a sudden, it was dangerous as Montes lifted the ball over an onrushing defender before striking a vicious volley to the right of a hapless Coniah Boyce-Clarke.

In the second half, Jamaica competed better in the middle of the field, winning more duels with the Dominican Republic players though they still looked disjointed in attack.

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