(GJ) – Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz are in trouble in Costa Rica as they trail the host 0 – 1 at half-time, after a 22nd minute Michael Umana strike sent the hosts on their way in San Jose.
In a bright start that saw both teams trading plenty of early blows, it was Jamaican striker Jermaine Beckford, who should have opened the scoring, but saw his tame effort easily gathered by Costa Rica goalkeeper Keilor Navas, this after being played through by Luton Shelton.
The hosts weren’t sitting back themselves and the dangerous Alvaro Saborio found himself with two quick-fire chances – volleying high and wide after being played through off the shoulder of debutant Lloyd Doyley before heading a deep cross in Row Z as well.
However, Umana popped up at the edge of the six yard box; latching onto a fortuitous deflection, to poke a shot in the back of the Jamaican net to leave the Reggae Boyz World Cup qualification campaign rocking, with 45 minutes left in this contest.
There was time for Shelton to miss a glorious opportunity to level for the visitors, dribbling right on goalkeeper Navas, despite several opportunities to shoot, after weaving his way through the Costa Rican back line.