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Jamaica beat Barbados in friendly

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

ST MICHAEL—Second-half strikes from Darren Mattocks and Deshorn Brown lifted Jamaica to an unimpressive 2-0 win over hosts Barbados in a friendly football international here on Sunday.
Mattocks opened the scoring from close range in the 76th minute after Barbados hit Jamaica’s upright midway through the second-half in front of approximately 2,000 spectators at the National Stadium. Barbados’ Jamal Chandler’s left-foot drive beat the sprawling Jamaican custodian  before hitting the upright in the 64th minute but 12 minutes later, Mattocks opened the scoring for Jamaica.

Michael Seaton, one of the substitutes, slipped a pass to overlapping left-back Kemar Lawrence, who zipped a grounded cross into the path of the onrushing Mattocks, to finish. Six minutes later, Brown made the win safe by heading in from a Romario Campbell corner. Jamaica, particularly in the first-half, found it hard to settle on an uneven, sand-based surface, and under floodlights which appeared inadequate for an international night game. “It was not easy and Barbados played good football,” Jamaica head coach Winfried Schaefer told reporters. “We would want a better field because it was a catastrophe. It affected 22 players, not just Jamaica”. The Barbados coach Colin Forde said he was satisfied with the showing of his inexperienced team against higher-ranked opponents.