Reggae Boyz battle to 3-2 win over Dominica in World Cup qualifier

A pair of goals by Shamar Nicholson proved vital as a wasteful Jamaica held on for a scrappy 3-2 win in their Concacaf World Cup qualifier on the road against Dominica at Windsor Park in Roseau.

Nicholson, who scored in Jamaica’s 1-0 win over the Dominican Republic at the National Stadium on Thursday, opened the scoring in the 31st minute, stretching out a boot to poke the ball delivered by Greg Leigh past Dominican custodian Glenson Prince to notch his second in as many outings.

Jamaican nerves were furthered calmed when former Clarendon College striker Kaheim Dixon struck in the 43rd minute to double the lead. The teenager shook off his defender before turning towards goal and hitting the ball past Prince at his near right post to claim his first senior Reggae Boyz goal.

Earlier the Reggae Boyz, who made five changes to the starting team that beat the Dominican Republic, found themselves on the back foot after the home team made a lively start but grew into the game and could have led by a wider margin, but squandered numerous chances, with both Nicholson and Dixon guilty.

Jamaica, with a 2-0 lead, began the second half aggressively but was again let down by a combination of poor finishing and good work between the sticks from Prince the Dominican captain.

However, Jamaica’s lead was further increased when Nicholson made it 3-0 after converting from the penalty spot in the 80th minute after Dominican defender Erskin Williams was deemed to have handled the ball in his own area. He now has 19 in 49 national senior appearances.

Dominican hopes were lifted when Javid George pulled one back in the 83rd after rounding Jamaican goalkeeper Jahmali Waite before firing home into an open goal.

The home team began having dreams of salvaging a point after Troy Jules, who was at Mt. Pleasant FA in the Jamaica Premier League this season, fired a spectacular 89th minute free kick into the top corner after a foul by Michael Hector on the edge of the penalty area.

With no further goals being scored the Jamaicans held on for a 3-2 result to move to Guatemala at the top of Group E on maximum six points from two games. They return to action on June 7, 2025 away to British Virgin Islands.


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