Natoya Atkinson scores twice as Jamaica blanks Honduras 2-0 for spot in final round of Concacaf U20 Women qualifiers Featured

By Sports Desk April 19, 2023 913
Natoya Atkinson scores twice as Jamaica blanks Honduras 2-0 for spot in final round of Concacaf U20 Women qualifiers concacaf

A goal in each half from Natoya Atkinson Tuesday night led Jamaica’s U20 Women to a 2-0 victory over Honduras and a spot in the final round of the Concacaf U20 Championship qualifying competition.

In the keenly contested Group E top-of-the-table clash at the National Football Stadium in Nicaragua, Atkinson opened the scoring in the second-minute of play, bursting through two defenders to score.

Jamaica took the 1-0 lead into the second half aware that only a victory would see them through as Honduras entered the match with a better goal difference after both teams won their first two matches in the group.

However, the second goal would come in stoppage time when Atkinson forced her way past one Honduran defender and eluded another to score the match winner and give Jamaica three wins from three starts in the competition.

Jamaica topped Group E with the maximum nine points while Honduras remained in six following the loss.

Meanwhile, Bermuda picked up their first points of the group stage when they beat Anguilla 3-1.

Panama is also through to the final round after they demolished St Maarten 11-0 to top Group B with the maximum nine points.

Curacao, meanwhile, blanked The Bahamas 7-0 to take second place in the group.

El Salvador moved to the top of Group A after beating St Vincent and the Grenadines 10-0 while Cuba notched their first win of the competition with a 2-0 victory over Martinique.

Canada that has won their first two matches can win Group A if they beat El Salvador on Saturday.

The Canadians at + 27 have a superior goal difference to the Salvadorians, who have a goal difference of +15.

 

 

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