Unlucky Reggae Girlz on the verge of crashing out of CAC Games

By July 21, 2018

Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz are on the verge of crashing out of the Central American and Caribbean Games group stage after suffering a second 2-1 defeat in the tournament, this time at the hands of Costa Rica. 

For the second time in as many games, it was Jamaica who went ahead, thanks to a Khadija Shaw solo effort in the 57th minute.

Shaw came onto the park at halftime, the striker having suffered an injury in the last game that severely affected her mobility.

Picking up the ball at the halfway mark, Shaw dribbled past three defenders before creating an angle from the top of the box and drilling a grounder across the Costa Rican custodian.

The lead would not last long though, as Costa Rica centre-half and skipper, Nairelis Gutierrez, slammed home a 66th-minute response from more than 30 yards.

But the Reggae Girlz have had no luck in this tournament, missing two penalties in a 2-1 defeat to Venezuela in the first game they also lost 2-1.

This time around, the Reggae Girlz demise came through injury, as goalkeeper Chris-Ann Chambers was injured seconds after the team made its third substitution five minutes from time.

The result was that Shaw, the most potent of the Reggae Girlz in attack, was forced to take the gloves as the goalkeeper was stretchered off.

While Shaw did a competent job, making some catches during her stint, the 10-man Reggae Girlz were up against it, though a draw was within their grasp, that is until the 94th minute when they gave up a penalty.

The penalty, seemed to the onlooker, soft, as Karla Torres looked to have taken a dive that was not picked up by referee Tatiana Guzman.

Deyna Castellanos then beat Shaw from the spot to hand Costa Rica passage to the next round, almost ensuring Jamaica would take no further part.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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