Jamaica routs Grenada 4-0 in Gold Cup
Luton Shelton, Ryan Johnson, Demar Phillips and Keammar Daley
scored to give Jamaica a 4-0 victory over Grenada on Monday night
in a Group B Gold Cup match.
The margin of victory was Jamaica’s largest in any Gold Cup
”I think we have a very good team and this is just the
beginning for us,” said Johnson, who plays for the San Jose
Earthquakes. ”I want Jamaica to go as far as possible in this
Jamaican goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts did not need to make a save
for the shutout. Ricketts was Major League Soccer’s goalkeeper of
the year last season with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
”We did the most important thing,” Johnson said, ”and that
was to keep a clean sheet.”
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.”
Shelton scored in the 21st minute on a 6-yard shot off Rodolph
Austin’s pass from the left side. Austin began the play with a
corner kick to Shelton, who returned the ball to Austin.
Johnson scored in the 39th minute. Shelton began a counterattack
with a through ball to Dane Richards, whose cross from the right
side of the penalty area found Johnson for a 6-yard shot.
Phillips made it 3-0 in the 79th minute with an 8-yard shot.
Daley converted a 23-yard line drive in the 84th minute.
Grenada is 0-4 in Gold Cup games since 2009 and has not
Grenada’s Craig Roscastle suffered a knee injury after colliding
with Jamaica’s Jason Morrison in the 42nd minute, and left the game
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