The game was held at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. The game was won by a seventh minute strike from Giles Barnes who scored from an acute angle, between the Haitian goalkeeper’s legs.
In what could be described as an “ugly win,” the Haitians pressured and came close to scoring on several occasions. They were denied by brilliant goalkeeping by Ryan Thompson, who has kept a clean sheet for the second straight game, following the injury of first string keeper, Dwayne Miller. There was also some stout defending from the Jamaican defense line.
Whatever the nature of the win, a win is a win and considering Jamaica’s handicaps, it deserves extra celebration. Apart from missing goalkeeper Dwayne Miller, Darren Mattocks is also missing on a questionable second yellow (and subsequent red) card.
What’s more, young defender Alvas Powell walked out on the team and did not travel to Baltimore. Powell is reportedly unhappy because of playing time.
The Reggae Boyz will next play CONCACAF giants, United States in the semi-final in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Wednesday.