Reggae Boyz claws back to the top, defeats Haiti 1-0

 

Jamaica clawed its way back into contention in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, following a hard-fought 1-0 win against Haiti at Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday.

Newly recruited striker Clayton Donaldson scored the all-important goal for the visiting Jamaicans in the 64th minute, taking advantage of somewhat indecisive Haitian defensive side, and heading the ball into the back of the net.

In all, it was a strong performance from a Jamaican team short on options, following injuries to star player Garath McCleary and the absences of striker Giles Barnes and Rodolph Austin. In a game of limited chances, Haiti had a strong chance to equalize when a poorly cleared corner fell to Duckens Nazon in time added on, but his acrobatic effort flashed just over the bar and the palm of goalkeeper Jamaican Andre Blake.

The win against Haiti gives Jamaica three much-needed points in their quest for the World cup, following their disappointing 0-2 loss against Panama. Though currently third in Group B, the field is still wide open.

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