Jamaica beats Grenada 4-0 in Gold Cup

Jamaica recorded its biggest ever win in a CONCACAF Gold Cup

game, beating Grenada 4-0 on Monday.

In the day’s other Group B game, Guatemala hung on for a 0-0

draw against Honduras despite being reduced to nine men for the

final 11 minutes.

Jamaica’s Luton Shelton, Ryan Johnson, Demar Phillips and

Keammar Daley all scored in a game the Reggae Boyz dominated, to

the extent that goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts did not need to make a


Shelton, of Norwegian club Valerenga, scored in the 21st minute

after collecting Rodolph Austin’s pass from the left.

Johnson, who plays for the San Jose Earthquakes, scored in the

39th minute.

Phillips, another of several Jamaicans based in Norway, made it

3-0 in the 79th minute and Daley drove in a 23-yard shot in the


Grenada has yet to score in losing all four of its Gold Cup

games since 2009.

”We have a very good team and this is just the beginning for

us,” said Johnson. ”I want Jamaica to go as far as possible in

this tournament.”

”We did the most important thing and that was to keep a clean


Grenada coach Mike Adams said his team allowed Jamaica to take


”We had a game plan and from the (beginning) we didn’t stick to

it,” Adams said. ”We worked on pressuring the ball, denying the

opposition time on the ball and from the (beginning) we weren’t at

the races.

”We just surrendered space and time to the opposition. At the

international level, we can’t afford to do that.”

Grenada’s Craig Roscastle suffered a knee injury after colliding

with Jamaica’s Jason Morrison in the 42nd minute, and left the game

at halftime.

In the later game, Guatemala’s Gustavo Cabrera was ejected in

the 61st minute after receiving his second yellow card. Teammate

Henry Medina received two yellow cards within five minutes and was

expelled in the 79th minute.

”We did a job, that’s for sure,” Guatemala coach Ever Hugo

Almeida said. ”We wanted to recover the grit, the discipline and

the desire not to lose.”

Honduras fielded five members of its 2010 World Cup squad in

Monday’s game.

”It was a difficult game,” Honduras coach Luis Ferando Suarez

said. ”We had too much in common with our opponent and they caused

us a lot of problems.”

Honduras’ Oscar Garcia came closest to scoring, htting the

crossbar with an attempt in the 33rd minute.