Richard West and Akeem Priestley scored goals in the second half to lead Jamaica to a 3:1 victory over hosts Cayman Islands, giving the young Reggae Boyz the title in Group B of Caribbean Zone qualifying in the FC Under-20 Junior Tournament.
Sean Fraser opened the scoring for Jamaica in the 11th minute and though either team had the chance to score before the interval, the visitors carried their slim margin to the locker room.
West added his goal just before the hour to bump the margin to 2:0 before Ariel Tatum pulled back a goal for the hosts in the 61st minute, only to see Priestley add an insurance goal 15 minutes from time.
Jamaica now faces Haiti for a home-and-home series later this fall, with the winner advancing to Group B of the FC Final Qualifying Tournament in the USA.
01.09.2002 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, Truman Bodden Sporting Complex (A: 1700)
JAMAICA - CAYMAN ISLANDS 3:1 (1:0)
Sean FRASER 11', Richard WEST 57', Akeem PRIESTLEY 86' - Ariel TATUM 61'
JAM: Allien Whittaker, Alex Thomas, Kieron Bernard, Lenworth Hyde (80: Leon Williams), Richard West, Sheldon Palmer (67: Kemar Petrokin), Sheldon Batiste, Demar Stewart, Sean Fraser, Ryan Maxwell (85: Akeem Priestley), Craig Gordon. Booked: Maxwell 26', Battiste 75', Gordon 83'.
CAY: Jaime Johnson - Ian Lindo, Ariel Tatum, John Kelly, Jermain Seymour (85: Troy Taylor), Jaylon Linton, Christopher Myles (45: Thomas Bush), Leon Whittaker, Junio Hurlston, Bradshaw Watson, Jared Yates. Booked: Whittaker 63', Hurlston 73', Seymour 78', Tatum 89'.
R: Samuel CONTRERAS (DOM)