Jamaica, Aruba play to scoreless CU20 draw
Action from the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship game between Aruba and host Jamaica (green jersey) on January 21, 2015, in Montego Bay. (Photo: Mexsport)
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Host Jamaica (0-2-3, 2 points) and Aruba (0-1-4, 1 point) completed their 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship campaigns on Wednesday with a 0-0 draw at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
It was Aruba’s first-ever point in the competition, while the Jamaicans finished the game with only 10 players, following goalkeeper Dane Andrew Chambers' 68th minute dismissal for handling the ball outside the area.
In a game played at brisk pace between previously-eliminated sides, Jamaica may have generated more scoring opportunities, but Aruba demonstrated marked improvement from previous outings.
The young Reggae Boyz came closest to scoring in the 10th minute, when Rennico Clarke headed a left-sided corner kick straight down and off the foot of upright goalkeeper Jeanmarc Antersijn.  The ball ricocheted off the underside of the crossbar, but never crossed the line.
Jamaica would hit the woodwork twice more.  In the 40th minute, Martin Davis' snapped shot from three-yards out did just so and, with five minutes left in normal time, Antersijn condemned a Junior Flemmings effort to the same fate after parrying the Jamaican's 11-yard shot high.
Flemmings could have given Jamaica a lead in the 39th minute, only to see his attempt from 15 yards be deflected for a corner kick.
With a minute left in the first half, he crossed from the right for Donja Smith.  Once again, Antersijn reacted quickly to make the block.