Historic CONCACAF victory: Reggae Boyz coach shifts focus to redemption in second leg towards Canada

Onto the following one!

That’s the main target of Reggae Boyz head coach Heimir Hallgrimsson after his Jamaican group misplaced 1-2 to Canada of their CONCACAF Nations League quarter-final match contained in the Nationwide Stadium in Kingston on Saturday morning.

The guests took the lead in stoppage time within the first half via Jonathan David, just for SHamar Nicholson to drag Jamaica degree within the 56th minute. Nevertheless, simply when it appeared each groups would accept a share of the spoils, Stephen Eustaquio stabbed residence 4 minutes from full time.

It was a historic victory for the North People who had been scoring their first victory over Jamaica in 35 years, having final tasted success in Jamaican in 1988.

The sport was initially slated for Friday night, however was postponed because of the results of inclement climate which affected the island over the previous 48 hours.

– Commercial –

The 2 groups will do it once more on Tuesday night inside BMO Subject in Toronto, Canada, with the winner on combination advancing to the Nations League semi-finals subsequent March. The winner additionally books one of many six visitor spots in subsequent summer season Copa America match which will probably be hosted by the US.

The loser will get one other shot at Copa America choice by becoming a member of the three different losers from the quarter-finals for the 2 remaining tickets to the South American showpiece match.

It’s half time

Hallgrimsson was agency in his view on methods to proceed. “This one [game] is completed and at residence everyone seems to be upset to lose and folks present it in numerous methods, however we have to focus now on how we will prepare for the second sport, the second half, which is in Canada,” he informed the media on the postgame press convention.

– Commercial –

He added: “The one factor I informed [them} after this game is that it’s half time. How we would like to prepare for the next game which is the second half, it starts now, how we would like to prepare for it.”

Jamaica started the brighter of the two teams but somehow Aston Villa ace Leon Bailey managed to find a way to squander about three chances to put the visitors under pressure by taking an early lead.

As early as in the fifth minute Bailey was played into a one-on-one situation with Canada’s goalkeeping captain Man Borjan but his cheeky chipped effort missed the target.

Ten minutes later Michail Antonio lobbed a pass to Bailey who fired narrowly wide of the far post from about six yards out. That was Antonio’s major contribution as he was forced off with an injury in the 21st minute and replaced by Trivante Stewart.

As the tight encounter drew close to the half-time break, Bailey arrived at the back to smack a low effort against the upright, much to the chagrin of the small crowd inside the Grand stand.

VAR intervenes to validate Boyz goal

Having missed those three chances, Canada got into its own and made the Reggae Boyz pay for their profligacy.  The burly Cyle Larin took a high pass on the edge of the penalty area on the right and completely befuddled left wingback Greg Leigh and left-sided center-back Ethan Pinnock before driving towards the goalline and pulling a cross for David to stab home at the back post.

Jamaica drew level through Nicholson who responded quickest to Daniel Johnson’s intelligent freekick from midway the Canadian half. Nicholson controlled superbly and ran into the penalty area before burying his shot past Borjan. The goal was initially waved off by American referee Tori Penso after her compatriot first assistant referee indicated the offence.

But luckily for the Reggae Boyz, VAR, the video assistant referee, was in use and it validated the strike shortly afterwards.

Leigh believes his team paid the price for not driving home the advantage when they had the chance. “I think we did well to get back in the game and then we switched off again, didn’t punish them when we were on top in our spell in the second half and obviously didn’t get the result.

“I think both teams had spells in the game, I think we started the game quite well and had enough chances to go in front, and like coach says at this level when you don’t take those chances, maybe if you switch off for one or two you end up down,” he said.

But just when it appeared both sides were content for a draw, the Jamaican defence was breached yet again after Richie Laryea combined well down the right flank as he raced into the penalty area unmolested and his smart cutback was met in superb fashion by the onrushing Eustaquio to stab home first time.

It’s about keeping focus

Head coach Hallgrimsson reflected on the thin margins that make the difference in football. “First of all it was a difficult match to play because it was really hot, so the tempo, understandably, got lowered, and given the preparation from yesterday as well, it was understandable that players didn’t play at their best.

“In a game like this it’s about keeping focus. They lost their focus three, four times, we did not punish them; we lost our focus two, three times they punished us and that’s how it is at this level, you have to take your chances and not give chances. That is the big picture in my opinion.”

For Canada’s head coach it was mission accomplished at the half-way stage of the two-legged tie. “We wanted to come out of here with a result so, the first phase, mission accomplished for us.”

He said, “It was a competitive game. We knew coming in here it would be very difficult with the quality of players on their team.”

The former assistant coach also pointed to his team’s lack of concentration which led to the equalising goal. “They took a quick free kick and were able to catch us. Sometimes in those moments you have to be a little more focused. Credit to the team to fight through it and come back and score a great second goal.”

It was reported that the Canadian team left Jamaica on Saturday for home ahead of Tuesday’s match, while the Jamaican delegation is slated to depart from the Donald Sangster International Airport on Sunday for Toronto for the quick turn-around in much colder climes at BMO Field.

They can change the play at any moment

“They are very good players on that team,” Biello said of the Reggae Boyz. “We know they can change the play at any moment. We know we have to get the job done, play our way on our home field. We are halfway there.”

  • Teams: Jamaica – Andre Blake, Ethan Pinnock, Di’shon Bernard, Gregory Leigh, Dexter Lembikisa (Javain Brown 81st), Joel Latibeaudiere, Daniel Johnson, Leon Bailey, Bobby Reid, Shamar Nicholson, Michail Antonio (Trivante Stewart 21st, Demario Phillips 81st)
  • Booked: Nicholson (40th), Leigh (70th), Bailey (77th)
  • Subs not used: Amal Knight, Jahmali Waite, Michael Hector, Tayvon Gray, Damion Lowe, Tyreek Magee, Karoy Anderson, Jonathan Russell, Romario Williams
  • Canada – Milan Borjan, Richie Laryea, Steven Vitoria, Kamal Miller, Sam Adekugbe, Cyle Larin (Junior Hoilett 71st), Tajon Buchanan (Jonathan Osorio 71st), Ismael Kone (Mark-Anthony Kaye 59th), Stephen Eustaquio, Jonathan David (Liam Millar 90th), Alphanso Davies (Alistair Johnston 90th)
  • Booked: None
  • Subs not used: Dayne St. Clair, Maxime Crepeau, Luc De Fougerolles, Derek Cornelius, Samuel Piettte, Ali Ahmed, Jacen Russell-Rowe
  • Referee: Tori Penso (USA)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Brooke Mayo (USA)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
  • Fourth Official: Natalie Simon (USA)
  • Referee Assessor: Jose Camargo (Mexico)
  • VAR: Edwin Jurisevic (USA)
  • AVAR 1:Corey Parker (USA)
  • Match Commissioner: Marlon Gomez (Nicaragua)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *