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Late penalty gives Jamaica 1-1 draw with Trinidad in final qualifying prep

Late penalty gives Jamaica 1-1 draw with Trinidad in final qualifying prep

Luton Shelton converted an 89th-minute penalty and rallied Jamaica to a 1-1 draw with Trinidad on Saturday, the last of two friendlies for both teams before they begin World Cup qualifying.
Shelton ran onto a through ball but was brought down by Trinidad goalkeeper Clayton Ince. Barbadian referee Rayon Small awarded a penalty and Shelton picked himself up to send the keeper the wrong way from the spot kick.
The draw was the second positive result in five days for Jamaica, which soundly defeated St. Vincent and the Grenadines 5-1 on Tuesday.
Trinidad, which became the smallest nation to ever qualify for the World Cup when it earned a berth at Germany two years ago, heads into qualifying on a two-game winless streak having been beaten 3-0 by England on June 1.
Evan Taylor tested Ince twice in the first 22 minutes but it was Khaleem Hyland who gave the Soca Warrior the lead. Jason Scotland found the ball at his feet at the top of the area after it was knocked away from Jamaica and he laid it off to Hyland, who struck a low left-footed drive past Jamaican goalkeeper Donovan Rickets into the right corner.
Jamaica dominated on the artificial turf of the Marvin Lee Stadium, started the second half strongly, only to have Marlon King waste three good chances in the first 10 minutes.
Against the run of play, Hyland nearly doubled the advantage on 63 minutes but flashed his shot wide.
Both nations begin World Cup qualifying on June 15, Trinidad at home against Bermuda in Port-of-Spain and Jamaica against Bahamas in Kingston.
Jamaica then travels to Bahamas three days later while Trinidad will make its trip to Bermuda on June 22.


Updated : 2021-07-29 02:24 GMT+08:00