Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz got the better of Antigua and Barbuda’s Benna Boys with a 6-0 drubbing in the pair’s opening match of the 2019 CONCACAF Nations League last Friday.
The ‘League B’ group stage match was played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Jamaica.
Despite a number of chances by the majority local based Benna Boys, the Reggae Boyz would not be fazed.
Striker Shamar Nicholson grabbed a brace while Bundesliga star Leon Bailey netted his debut goal.
The goal scorers were rounded out by midfielder Peter-Lee Vassell along with forwards Bobby Reid and Brian Brown.
Nicholson got things going for the home team on the night, much to the delight of the crowd, when he found the back of the net in the 9th minute.
Bobby Reid also enjoyed a debut goal, adding another for Jamaica in the 31st minute, with Nicholson scoring again to safely put the game away in the 51st minute.
Forward Brian Brown added to the lead on 67 minutes after replacing Junior Flemmings as a substitute.
Bailey, on his fifth cap for the national team, got his maiden international goal in the 77th minute, after earlier assisting goals from Nicholson and Reid.
Midfielder Peter Vassell rounded off the scoring in the 81st minute.
Both teams have been drawn in Group C of the League B pool and will face Aruba and Guyana, respectively, in game-week two.
The other League B matches in game-week one ended 2-1 to Suriname versus Dominica, 2-1 to Grenada versus St. Kitts & Nevis, 1-0 to Guyana versus Aruba, and 1-1 between Nicaragua and St. Vincent and The Grenadines.
The scheduled match between Belize and French Guiana did not take place, as the travel arrangements for the Belize team fell through. French Guiana were subsequently awarded the full three points.
Montserrat versus the Dominican Republic and El Salvador versus St. Lucia are the final matches of game-week one, set for this evening.
The CONCACAF Nations League serves as the qualifying pathway to the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup for all 41 Member Associations.
Antigua and Barbuda will now go back to the drawing board as they gear themselves for their second group match versus Aruba on Monday from 3pm at the ABFA Technical Centre.