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Hector helps Jamaica into Gold Cup quarter finals

Fulham’s Michael Hector helped Jamaica qualify for the quarter finals of the Gold Cup last night as they overcome Guadeloupe 2-1 to progress from Group C.

The Reggae Boyz required an 87th minute winner from Junior Flemmings to complete a come from behind victory in Orlando last night. An own goal from Amari’i Bell had given Guadeloupe a surprise early lead, but Cory Burke’s low drive quickly levelled matters.

Hector again lined up in a defensive midfield role for Jamaica and played over an hour before being substituted in favour of matchwinner Flemmings. Costa Rica’s victory over Suriname ensures that both they and Jamaica have qualified for the last eight ahead of their concluding Group C clash on Wednesday.

Bobby Decordova-Reid did not feature with rumours suggesting that he is the member of the Jamaican squad that has tested positive for coronavirus. The Jamaican Football Federation confirmed that a member of their squad has contracted coronavirus, but has not revealed the identity of the player.

Meanwhile, Hector has told the Jamaican Observer that there is a real confidence amongst the squad and that he has considered the possibility of going all the way in the tournament:

“It [winning the Gold Cup] would mean everything to me… it would be history and that’s the personal goal I have set myself, and that is not to say I have not set other goals with Jamaica. For me and my family, it would be a proud moment [to win the Gold Cup], and no one has ever done it, so why can’t we be the first? With the group of players we have, we fancy our chances to go very deep in the tournament. Obviously, in tournament football you can’t think too far ahead as you have got to take it game by game.”

Decordova-Reid screamer launches Jamaica’s Gold Cup in style

A sensational strike from Fulham’s Bobby Decordova-Reid launched Jamaica’s Gold Cup campaign in real style as the Reggae Boyz beat tournament debutantes Suriname 2-0 in Orlando.

After Shamar Nicholson had opened the scoring from the edge of the box in this Group C encounter, Decordova-Reid struck a magnificent dipping volley past the Suriname goalkeeper Warner Hahn after a defensive header fell invitingly at his feet 22 yards out. Fulham’s Michael Hector also started the game in a central midfield role – before being replaced after 72 minutes.

The Jamaicans are next in action against Guadeloupe on Friday night.

Decordova-Reid and Hector included in Jamaica Gold Cup squad

Fulham pair Bobby Decordova-Reid and Michael Hector have been included in Jamaica’s squad for the forthcoming Gold Cup.

Jamaica have been drawn in Group C alongside Costa Rica, Suriname and a qualifier from the preliminary rounds that get underway tomorrow. All of Jamaica’s group fixtures take place in Nevada, with the first game against Suriname on July 12.

Decordova-Reid, who had an outstanding season for Fulham in the Premier League, has won six senior caps for Jamaica, scoring a single goal. Centre back Hector has earned 33 caps for his country.

Hayles injured on international duty

Barry Hayles was stretchered off against Australia and could miss Fulham’s trip to Birmingham on Sunday after being injured on international duty with Jamaica.

The striker was stretchered off midway through the second half of Jamaica’s 2-1 defeat to Australia in Reading.

Hayles, who scored twice in Fulham’s 3-0 win at Spurs last week, suffered what appeared to be a serious leg injury.

“It looks a nasty one but we will not know more until he has had an X-ray,” said Jamaica boss Carl Brown.