Jamaica edges Trinidad & Tobago in friendly

Jamaica’s Michael Binns (yellow jersey) attempts a shot against host Trinidad & Tobago in an international friendly on August 24, 2017, in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. (Photo: CA-Images)

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago – Jamaica scored once in each half to earn a 2-1 win over Trinidad & Tobago in an international friendly on Thursday night at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

It was the Reggae Boyz’s first game since falling to the United States, 2-1, in the CONCACAF Gold Cup last month.

A pair of players making their senior international debuts netted for the visitor.  Jamiel Hardware opened the scoring in the fifth minute from the right side of the box off Ricardo Morris’ diagonal cross, while Fabian Reid redirected a Michael Binns free kick to make it 2-1 in the 57th minute.

Kevin Villarreol equalized for T&T in the 12th minute, floating a left-footed effort from 35-yards out over goalkeeper Shaven Sean Paul.

Jamaica head coach Theodore Whitmore was pleased with his team’s execution.

“We started with four debutants and, based on the eleven I put out on the field, I am very happy with the way they delivered,” said the 45-year-old.  “I am proud of what they were able to accomplish and to beat Trinidad, who are preparing for crucial World Cup Qualifiers ahead, shows that we are doing something right.

“I am just hoping know we can carry over this momentum now as we prepare to take on Canada.”

Jamaica will visit the Canadians on September 2 at BMO Field in Toronto.

NOTES: Midfielder Kaheem Parris, 16, became the youngest-ever player to earn a cap for Jamaica, entering as an 80th-minute substitute for Hardware.