By Neto Baptiste
The unproductive run continued for the country’s under-20 men’s footballers in Group D of the Concacaf Under-20 Championships following a 2-0 loss to Jamaica on Wednesday in Honduras.
The loss was the third straight for the talented Antigua and Barbuda squad as they ended the group winless and at the bottom of the standings.
Playing at the Estadio Yankel Rosenthal, the Benna Boys held their Jamaican opponents scoreless in the first 40 minutes but conceded in minute 41 when Zion Judah Scarlett hit home from close range.
Antigua and Barbuda were reduced to 10 men late in the second half when defender Dajun Barthley was shown a straight red after bringing down an opposing player in the box.
The resulting penalty was tucked away by Jahmari Clarke on minute 81 to put Jamaica 2-0 up as they claimed their first three points of the championships.
Throughout the match, Antigua and Barbuda had nine shots, seven less than the Jamaicans. Of the nine attempts however, only one was on target while half of Jamaica’s attempts were on target.
Also, Jamaica enjoyed the lion’s share of the possession with a 64-34 percentage between the two teams.
The win also means that Jamaica secured a spot in the next round of the championships.
In their previous encounters, Antigua and Barbuda were beaten 3-0 by Costa Rica while also going under to hosts Honduras by a similar score line.