Khadija Shaw and Kayla McCoy each scored a brace to help Jamaica end their 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship on a high note with a 7-0 win over St Kitts and Nevis on Tuesday night at HEB Park in Edinburg, Texas.

For Jamaica, it was a historic night as they earned their first-ever CWOQ victory.

Shaw’s thumping header in the 38’ got Jamaica going with a 1-0 lead, and two minutes later the lead was doubled, 2-0, with a right-footed finish from Tiffany Cameron.

Havana Solaun increased it to 3-0 in the 51’ when she slipped in a freekick before Shaw had her second with a right-footed strike for a 4-0 lead in the 57’.

Trudi Carter’s penalty conversion in the 68’ extended the lead to 6-0, followed by McCoy’s first in the 70’ to make it 7-0.

Saint Kitts and Nevis GK Quinn Josiah was also providing some highlights, including a stop from a Shaw attempt on goal from point-blank range.

McCoy would then complete the evening with the seventh and final goal in the 85’ to seal the three points for the Reggae Girlz.

 

The sombre affair of laying to rest the body of Reggae Girl Tarania ‘Plum Plum’ Clarke was replaced with the loud bangs of gunshots and the unmistakable stench of fear from mourners who were hindered from doing just that on Sunday.

What started as a day celebrating the life of Clarke, where she was described as a born leader at the Excelsior High School Auditorium in Kingston, Jamaica, ended with confusion and pain at the Meadowrest Memorial Gardens in St Catherine.

Reports are that on Sunday, there was an altercation during the burial that resulted in the stabbing of an employee at Meadowrest.

It is alleged that gunmen from the nearby community, hearing of the injury to one of their own, broke up the proceedings by firing gunshots into the proceedings.

It is unknown if anybody was shot in the incident as the police are yet to release a report on the incident as investigations continue.

The October 31 death shocked the footballing community in Jamaica, with reports surfacing that the 20-year-old was stabbed during a fight with a friend over a cell phone in Half-Way Tree.

During the memorial service inside the auditorium, Reggae Girl, Khadija Shaw asked that Clarke be remembered for being funny, caring and hard working.

“She would have wanted to be with us all, to be here with our happiest smile of our times together,” said Shaw.

“For the memories, I have with her, I can tell you she was a strong person. Plum Plum’s presence will be missed by all, but she will never be forgotten.”

Clarke captained the Waterhouse women’s team for four title-winning seasons, earning a Reggae Girlz debut on September 30 during the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifiers and even scored her first international goal against Cuba, during a 21-1 drubbing. The defender also scored against St Lucia when the Reggae Girlz beat them 11-0.

President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Michael Ricketts, said the loss of life was caused by a lack of understanding.

“It is so sad and painful to have lost someone which such a future,” Ricketts said.

“From her days at primary school, she has exhibited that ability to lead. I want to use this opportunity to ask all of you that we showed love. We [need to] go back to the days when we respect and show love to our friends. One single act of indiscretion has cost the community, the school, and certainly Jamaica, [someone] with such great talent.”

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