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Jamaica women achieved their first-ever World Cup win when edging Panama 1-0. A goal early in the second half from the most influential player on the pitch Allyson Swaby proved enough for the Reggae Girlz, who also kept their second consecutive clean sheet in the group. Debutants Panama once again showed a complete lack of cutting edge. Here are our Panama vs Jamaica women player ratings for the game.
- Nervy start from both teams culminated with 1 big chance each late in the opening period.
- Allyson Swaby put Jamaica in front shortly after the interval.
- Jamaica defended their lead very well for the rest of the match. The Canal Girls despaired way too early too.
Jamaica women Player Ratings: Rock-solid defending and dangerous set pieces prove enough
GK Rebecca Spencer 8/10 – Wasn’t tested as much as in the first game. She dealt well with everything she had to do though.
DF Deneisha Blackwood 7/10 – Great threat going forward. Her crosses were the main source of chances in the first half. Defended her zone very well too.
DF Chantelle Swaby 7/10 – The first Swaby sister was immaculate defensively. She had some issues marking Cox late in the first half though. Got away with it and was faultless after the break.
DF Allyson Swaby 9/10 – Hugely dominant inside her box. As a captain kept rallying the troops all match. Just to add to that went on to score the goal that decided this duel.
DF Tiffany Cameron 6/10 – Looked nervous in her first World Cup start. Most problems defensively came through her zone. Wasn’t helping a lot in attack.
MF Drew Spence 8/10 – She was the most dominant midfielder on the pitch. Her tackles, great interceptions and very precise passes made her the ticking heartbeat of the Jamaican team.
MF Vyan Sampson 7/10 – Played well but had minimal impact in attack.
MF Jody Brown 7/10 – Started slow but grew into the match. On each side of the interval, it was mainly her runs and clever one-twos that were troubling Las Canaleras.
MF Trudi Carter 7/10 – Missed 2 great chances to kill the match. Played well though and her crosses were begging for better finishing.
FW Kayla McKenna 5/10 – Started instead of the suspended superstar Shaw but failed to impress. Didn’t influence the game and failed to attack numerous inviting crosses due to her late reactions.
FW Atlanta Primus 6/10 – She was lively and aggressive. Kept running into traffic way too often though.
FW Cheyna Matthews 6/10 – Came off the bench for the final 25 minutes. Due to Jamaica playing conservatively late on she didn’t have many chances.
The other 4 substitutions were made inside the final 15 minutes so those players didn’t spend enough time on the pitch to receive ratings.
Panama Player Ratings: The Canal Girls once again swam against the tide
GK Yenith Bailey 7/10 – Made some good saves and she was the main reason why Panama remained hopeful right until the end.
DF Emily Cedeno 6/10 – Kept her zone well protected. Didn’t do much else.
DF Wendy Natis 7/10 – She was solid in her first-ever World Cup start. Did very well guarding McKenna.
DF Katherine Castillo 7/10 – Defended with desire and aggression. Made the most interceptions of any player on the pitch.
DF Yomira Pinzon 5/10 – Had an awful showing. Shaky all match. Her mistakes brought the 3 best chances for Jamaica.
DF Carina Baltrip-Reyes 5/10 – Failed to do anything going forward. Defensively was pretty poor too. Never figured out how to deal with overlapping runs.
MF Riley Tanner 7/10 – She was the most proactive of the Canal Girls. Her passes and crosses created a few good chances.
MF Schiandra Gonzalez 6/10 – Outplayed in the middle of the park by the Jamaicans. Kept sending simple passes astray too.
MF Deysire Salazar 4/10 – Awful showing. Bad passing, and despicable positioning when asked to defend set pieces.
MF Lineth Cedeno 6/10 – Tried to force the issue and made some good solo runs. Her crosses lacked precision though.
FW Marta Cox 7/10 – Despite very limited service she tried to be active. Had a few sniffs at goal early on.
MF Aldrith Quintero 6/10 – Came on at halftime and did her best to be aggressive. Too many bad touches to the ball made her ineffective though.
FW Karla Riley 6/10 – Brought some fresh energy off the bench. Never had a sniff at goal though.
The other 2 substitutions were made inside the final 15 minutes so those players didn’t spend enough time on the pitch to receive ratings.
Player of the Match: Allyson Swaby
Jamaica’s captain and key centre-back Alysson Swaby not only dominated inside her own box on the way to a second consecutive clean sheet but also rose to the occasion and scored the goal that brought the Reggae Girlz their first World Cup win.
What more one could want from a captain?
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