The ‘Golden Jaguars’, Guyana’s Senior Men’s Football team, has secured a place in the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup after a hard-earned 1-1 draw against regional powerhouse Jamaica on Monday night in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
In their final fixture in Group C of League B of the 2019-20 CONCACAF Nations League on Monday night, the Jaguars played positively and were rewarded when they got on the scoreboard first with a long ball out of the back from defender Matthew Briggs which striker Emery Welshman converted into a powerful strike in the 45th minute.
That meant that it was Welshman’s second of the tournament and also the first goal conceded by the Jamaican defense during the group stage.
However, just five minutes into the second half (50th minute), the Reggae Boyz prevailed to level the score with Javon East finishing off a rebound after Guyanese custodian Quillan Roberts had spilled a Bobby Reid cross.
Meanwhile, Ricardo Morris finished with the most attempts on goal for the Reggae Boyz with three.
The last of those came on the last play of the match, which was saved by Guyana’s Roberts, in the 90+4 minute. Roberts finished with four saves.
The draw meant that Jamaica finished with an unblemished record of 5W-1D-0L and the top spot in Group C. The Reggae Boyz will feature in League A in the next edition of the tournament while Guyana leaves as the runners-up of the group and advance to 2021 Gold Cup qualifiers.