(Jamaica Observer) PHOENIX, Arizona — Shaun Francis and Romario Williams struck goals in either half as Jamaica downed Canada 2-1 to book a place in Sunday's semi-finals of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament here inside the University of Phoenix Stadium last night.
The Reggae Boyz will now await the winner of the second game between Mexico and Honduras for Sunday's showdown inside the famed Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Co-incidentally, Mexico defeated Jamaica 2-0 at the same venue last year in the Copa Centenario.
Jamaica went ahead in the sixth minute when Darren Mattocks broke behind the Canadian defence on the right and the Portland Timbers frontman raced into the penalty area slightly to the right and pulled the ball back for the onrushing Francis to slam home with the help of the underside of the crossbar.
The North Americans replied shortly after with Orlando City striker Cyle Larin flashing a header inches wide of Andre Blake's left hand post, with the Philadelphia Union goaltender rooted to his spot.
And, though surrendering much of the pitch to Canada, the Jamaicans continued to threaten on the break as Mattocks was played in behind the defence from the left hand channel by Williams. But, after racing clear into the penalty area, goalkeeper Milan Borjan advanced off his line to thwart the wily striker.