Victory continues to prove elusive for the Jamaica’s senior national men’s football team as the Reggae Boyz last night surrendered a 1-0 lead and were held to a 1-1 draw by Martinique in their opening match at the Caribbean Cup in Montego Bay.
The Jamaicans, dictating the flow of traffic in the early exchanges, took the lead in the 13th minute through Darren Mattocks but the visitors shot back in the 29th minute through Yoann Arquin to secure a share of the points.
National coach Winfried Schafer, who is yet to win a match on home soil for Jamaica since taking over a year and 4 months ago, says the Boyz were over confident leading them to make wrong decisions on the field while adding that they should do better in their next assignment come tomorrow.
Meanwhile captain of the Martinique team Julien Faubert says they exploited a Jamaican team that was playing well below the standard expected from the Reggae Boyz.
Jamaica in the meantime are now joint third in the group behind Haiti and Antigua and Barbuda who jointly lead on goal difference after 2-2 draw in the opener of the double header.
Haiti led 2-0 at half time for the Antiguans shot back in the 56th and 60th minutes of play to share the points.
Jamaica will next face Antigua and Barbuda on Friday in the feature game of another double-header which will see and all French affair with Haiti and Martinique meeting in the opener.
The tournament however continues this evening with French Guyana facing record winners Trinidad and Tobago at 5:30pm following which Curacao entertain defending Champions Cuba at 8:00pm.
The Trinidadians lead Group A with maximum 3 points after securing a come from behind 3-2 win over Curacao on Tuesday. The Cubans meanwhile battled to a 1-1 draw with French Guyana.