By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser
Jamaica scored an emphatic 1 - 0 victory over 'CONCACAF kingpin' Mexico, in their World Cup semi-final qualifier held on Saturday at the National Stadium in Kingston Jamaica.
The goal was scored by Ricardo Fuller, who plies his trade with the English premiere league for Stoke City, in the 14th minute after contest.
Mexico entered the game needing one point to ensure qualification for the next round - as they led the zone with 9 points. It was the first loss for the Mexican team in this edition of the World Cup qualifying campaign.
The game was highly intense with both teams creating several opportunities, but by virtue of leading by a goal in the 1st half, the Jamaican team defended stoutly in the second half to ensure keeping themselves in a position to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. They will however have to win the remaining two games against Honduras and Canada; to be played in Kingston at the National Stadium.
Led by captain Ricardo Gardner who also plies his trade in the English premiere league for Bolton Wanderers, the Jamaican team played together well, to ensure coming out on top in this game, giving themselves a chance to do the same thing when they play against Honduras.
Other notably good performances came from Jamal Campbell-Ryce and the Jamaican goal keeper Donovan Ricketts, who made some superb saves to keep his team in the game.
On Wednesday October 15 the game against Honduras will take place at the National Stadium and on November 19, Jamaica plays Canada at the same venue in Kingston.