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
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
”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
”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
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
”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.