Boyz makes explosive start


By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser
Photography By: Milton Raynor


Jamaica's Reggae Boyz made an explosive start to their 2010 South Africa World Cup Finals campaign when they comprehensively beat an inferior Bahamas outfit 7-0 at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday.

Playing before an almost capacity crowd the Boyz made a giant step towards advancing to the semi-final stage of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying series.

Captain Ricardo Gardner started the on-slaught when he scored in the 17th minute. This was followed by goals from Demar Phillips, Marlon King, Andy Williams, Omar Daley and a double strike from Luton Shelton.


Technical Director Rene Simoes credited the team for the pace at which they played following an embarrassing 2-1 loss to Grenada in a friendly last week, but pointed out that there was still room for improvement.

Meanwhile Jamaica's captain Ricardo Gardner who plied his skills with English Premier League Club, Bolton Wanderers, noted that the team realized the need to make amends after their defeat from Grenada and lauded the efforts of his team-mates after a thumping victory to kick start their 2010 World Cup campaign.

The Reggae Boyz will now turn their attention to the Parish of Trelawny where they will play the return leg qualifying game on Wednesday against the same opponent Bahamas at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium starting at 4:00pm.