MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica - A goal in first-half injury time gave Jamaica a 1-0 victory over Guatemala on Saturday and sent the host "Young Boyz" into the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship.
The result put Jamaica with Trinidad atop Group C with four points, requiring officials to break the tie with a drawing of lots. Jamaica won the tiebreaker, meaning it will face Group D runner-up Honduras in Wednesday's quarterfinals while Trinidad must play Group D winner Canada.
The defeat was the second in as many games for Guatemala, sending it home with a pair of one-goal losses.
An unmarked Jason Wright scored the winner for his second goal of the tournament, converting a cross after Alvas Powell dribbled through the left side of the Guatemalan defense.
Both sides tried to push forward at the start, but generated little that appeared dangerous.
Guatemala's Kevin Merida shot wide left in the 11nd minute after penetrating the Jamaican area and Albert Barrientos free kick 15 minutes later was easily caught by Jamaican goalkeeper Odean Clarke.
Before Wright's goal, Jamaica's best opportunity came in the 40th when Andre Lewis settled a cross from the left and laid it for Omar Holness, who laced a half-volley wide.
Guatemala failed to capitalize in the 51st when Clarke fumbled a free kick in front of his goal, but none of three Guatemalans near were able to react before the keeper recovered to smother the ball.
Jamaica continued to push forward as well, playing a corner short and driving the ball low into a crowd in the box, where it was deflected out.
Holness, who played in a more advanced position than against Trinidad & Tobago in its 2-2 draw on Tuesday, became more visible in the late stages.
In the 64th minute, he uncorked an 18-meter effort that goalkeeper Jonathan Hernandez grabbed.
He also delivered a cross from the left wing that ended up at the feet of Jevani Brown, who blazed over the crossbar.
Powell could have added an insurance goal in the 82nd, but his shot after another skillful sequence was saved by Hernandez.
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