Jamaica head coach Anderson explains team's poor Netball World Cup performance

By Wayne Lewis, Lance Whittaker&Mariah Ramharack July 17, 2019

Jamaica Sunshine Girls Marvette Anderson talks about the team's disappointing performance at the Netball World Cup.

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    Three teams will have an opportunity at a first-place finish in Group E following the results of matchday four of the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship at the Estadio Panamericano in San Cristobal.

    The day started with Jamaica taking on El Salvador and the Reggae Girlz rode a quick start to the full three points in a 4-1 win.

    Jody Brown was quick out of the gates with goals in the 2’ and 11’ to hand Jamaica a 2-0 lead.

    El Salvador fought back to make it a one-goal affair right before halftime thanks to a score from Mara Rodriguez.

    But Jamaica’s class would come to the fore in the second half, as goals from Lacey Murray in the 58’ and Chantelle Parker in the 82’ paced Jamaica to the victory.

     The group’s other game saw Guatemala and Canada battle to a 0-0 draw.

    Las Chapines put forth an impressive defensive display in limiting the dangerous Canadian attack, thanks also in part to the heroics of GK Ashley Avalos.

    The day’s results leave both Jamaica and Canada on four points, while Guatemala have two points and El Salvador have zero.

    Action resume in Group E on Wednesday with Guatemala taking on El Salvador, while Canada square off against Jamaica.

  • Portmore United facing mission impossible against Cruz Azul Portmore United facing mission impossible against Cruz Azul

    Jamaica’s Portmore United is expected to face a tough task when they aim to turn the tables on Mexican outfit Cruz Azul, when the teams meet in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League, at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on Tuesday.

    The Jamaicans had the Mexican club on their heels in the first leg, leading 1-0 heading into second-half stoppage time, but a ferocious late rally earned La Maquina a dramatic 2-1 win and the momentum going into Tuesday’s second leg.

    History will be on Cruz Azul’s side with the Mexican club riding a 20-match home unbeaten streak in Concacaf competition and an overall record of 20W-6D-1L, with 69 goals scored and just 12 against.

     Nevertheless, Portmore United Head Coach Ricardo Gardner’s men have everything to gain and will be relying on the exploits of FW Ricardo Morris, who had four shots in the first leg, and GK Kemar Foster, who registered eight saves last week, to try to pull off the result.

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    There was no shortage of drama in Group E on Saturday at the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship, with Jamaica rallying from three goals down to tie Guatemala 4-4 at the Estadio Panamericano in San Cristobal.

    Guatemala looked to be in control and held a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Sandra Ovando (12’), Andrea Alvarez (26’) and Maria Recinos (34’).

    But the Reggae Girls would mount a ferocious comeback and would take a 4-3 lead on a goal from Jody Brown (50’) and a hat trick scored by Marlee Fray (53’, 68’, 76’).

    Guatemala would have an answer though, as Alvarez scored her second of the day (78’), leading to a share of the spoils between the two sides.

    The group’s other game saw Canada muscle past a tough El Salvador squad, 2-0.

    The two teams were locked in a stalemate until Tanya Boychuk (56’) found the breakthrough. Canada then polished off the three points and the 2-0 scoreline with a goal from Kaila Novak (71’).

    Action in Group E resumes on Monday with El Salvador tangling with Jamaica, while Canada will face Guatemala.

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