MX23RW : Friday, July 20 10:34:48
Jul 14, 2015 at 11pm UK at ​BMO Field, Toronto
Jamaica
1-0
El SalvadorEl Salvador
McCleary (72')
Austin (44'), Mattocks (45'), Watson (65'), McCleary (77')
Mattocks (81')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Flores (4'), Punyed (69'), Garcia (86')

Result: Garath McCleary goal sees Jamaica grab victory to seal progression in Gold Cup

Garath McCleary's second-half goal is enough to hand Jamaica a slender 1-0 victory over El Salvador in the Gold Cup to ensure that they finish as winners of Group B.

A second-half goal from Garath McCleary ensured that Jamaica claimed a slender 1-0 victory over El Salvador in the Gold Cup this evening to cement their position as winners of Group B.

Salvador started the game in an attacking fashion and they could have gone ahead after only two minutes had been played, only for Irvin Herrera to see his close-range shot kept out at the bottom left corner.

The underdogs came close once more in the opening period when Andres Flores crossed for Pablo Punyed, who shot straight at Jamaica keeper Dwayne Miller in the middle of the goal.

Jamaica failed to register much in the first half as their best chance came when Kemar Lawrence decided to have a pop from range, leaving his shot to be kept out expertly by a diving Derby Carrillo.

Salvador continued to press for an opener following some early dominance and they almost found it on the stroke of half time, but for Richard Menjivar to be denied in the top corner by Miller.

Jamaica were much improved after the interval as they almost forced a lead through McCleary, who had two strong attempts kept out by Carrillo.

Salvador kept banging on the door in the second half, but their dominance failed to pay off when Punyed and Flores were wasteful from good positions.

Jamaica made them pay as they secured the game's vital goal in the 72nd minute when Jobi McAnuff had his shot parried, which allowed McCleary to steal in and prod home the rebound to secure victory.

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Jermaine Taylor #22 of Jamaica celebrates with Westley Morgan #4 and Kemar Lawrence #20 after his first half goal against Costa Rica in their CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B match at StubHub Center on July 8, 2015
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