Jamaica Draw With Guatemala

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Jamaica Gleaner

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, Dec. 5 (Reuters)

JAMAICA gained their first point in the North American, Central American and Caribbean football tournament here when they held Guatemala to a goalless draw last night.

The Jamaicans had several scoring chances but those were squandered in the Guatemala goalmouth.

Guatemala countered with strong raids but Jamaica's defence stood up well under the pressure much to the surprise of the Costa Rican crowd who had expected Guatemala to win comfortably.

Jamaica's line-up was: Constantine, Dawkins, Scott, Stewart, Barnard, Cameron, Welch, Hamilton, Mason, Largie and Kerr.

During the game, Marshall substituted for Kerr, and Maxwell for Mason.

In other matches yesterday, unbeaten Costa Rica trounced Trinidad 5-0 and Mexico drew 2-2 with the Dutch West Indies.

Ruiz with a goal in the tenth minute, gave Costa Rica a 1-0 interval lead. In the second half, Ruiz continued to show fine form and added further goals in the 48th, 67th and 75th minutes. Eligondo completed the scoring with a penalty one minute from the end.

The Dutch West Indies led Mexico 1-0 at half-time, after a goal by Toppenberg in the 42nd minute.

Toppenberg scored again after 66 minutes, but the Mexicans hit back to equalize with goals by Alvarez and Barba in the 71st and 73rd minutes respectively.

With each team having played four matches, Costa Rica lead with eight points, followed by Guatemala (7), Mexico and Dutch West Indies (three each), Trinidad (two) and Jamaica (one.)