The Reggae Boyz started briskly and dominated the first 20 minutes, putting Mexico on the back heel. The Mexicans soaked up the pressure and turned the tide. In the 31st minute, th Mexicans were rewarded. A cross from the right picked out an unmarked Andres Guardado who side footed in the top right hand corner of the goal. Goal keeper Ryan Thompson could only stare.
Corona doubled Mexico’s lead in the 47th minute, stealing possession from Michael Hector before driving the ball beyond Ryan Thompson from the edge of the area. Hector had a bad day. Peralta sealed the result beyond doubt just after the hour-mark, after Hector failed to control in the box. The ball fell to Peralta who picked his spot and scored.
Mattocks, who came on as a substitute, scored in the 80th minute for Jamaica, but it was too little, too late. Mexico had reserved their best game for the final.
After the game, Jamaica’s coach said he felt like a winner. Coach Winfried Schaefer: “For me, this is not silver, this is gold. Nobody, nobody gave us a shot. I’m proud to be the coach of this team.”
Jamaica has nothing to be ashamed of. It was the first time a Caribbean team was reaching the final. As a bonus, they also won the Fair Play award for least yellow and red cards.