The Reggae Boyz on Tuesday night defeated arch Caribbean rivals Trinidad and Tobago 4-3 on Penalties at the Montego Bay Stadium, Catherine Hall Montego Bay to secure their sixth title.
Both teams were locked at nil-all after regulation and extra time play but the home side who dominated the game held their nerves to win the coveted cup with spot kicks.
Jermaine Taylor, Joel McAnuff, Demar Phillips and Captain Rudolph Austin scored penalties for Jamaica as Michael Seaton who kicked Jamaica’s fourth penalty had his shot saved.
The Jamaican goalkeeper Andre Blake however came up big against Kenwayne Jones who kicked Trinidad’s first penalty while Khaleem Hyland who kicked the fifth went high over the cross bar.
Three Jamaicans were also recognized with individual awards as Darren Mattocks shared the golden boot for the tournament’s top scorer netting three times, Andre Blake was the man of the final while Rudolph Austin was named the tournament’s MVP.
Coach Winfred Schafer gave all the credit to his players saying they gave more than their all to make it happen.
Meanwhile president of the Jamaica Football Federation Captain Horace Burrell is just happy the Reggae Boyz are finally back on a positive track.
The win ensures that, Jamaica has a bright future in international competitions starting next year with the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the USA and the Copa America in Chile.
The Gold Cup spot is by virtue of finishing in the top four at the Caribbean Cup while Jamaica and Mexico are two specially invited guests teams from CONCACAF for the Copa America.
Jamaica by virtue of Tuesday Night’s victory also qualifies for the Centenary Cup in 2016 which will feature all 10 South American countries and 6 CONCACAF sides.