The Reggae Boyz might not have been able to hold onto their first half lead against Serbia earlier today (June 7) in Japan but team captain Damion Lowe is more than pleased with the performance against a team that beat them in their first-ever encounter seven years ago.
Andre Gray had put Jamaica 1-0 in the 29th minute but were pegged back by defender Strahinja Pavlovic’s equaliser 29 minutes from the end of regulation as the teams battled to a stalemate. Notwithstanding the outcome, Lowe was heartened by the performance of the Reggae Boyz, who were without several of their usual starters like Kemar Lawrence and Leon Bailey, among others.
“It’s a good result, a step in the right direction,” he said.
“I am looking forward to great things from this crop of players with many more additions. It’s a new crop of players, we’re not properly gelled yet, we need some more time together but with the other guys coming in, with this performance it’s all up from here.”
Normally a central defender, Lowe started in midfield alongside Adrian Mariappa, Devon Williams and Blair Turgott. It was a move that paid dividends for the Reggae Boyz, whose defence held firm, allowing the Serbians only one shot on goal.
“Today, I feel like I did what I had to do. I’m satisfied with my performance,” he said afterwards.
It was a welcome result for the Jamaican team that is preparing for next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup and World Cup qualifiers in September. Their match against Japan that had been scheduled for June 3, was cancelled after half the squad were prevented from boarding a flight to Japan from flight from Amsterdam’s Schiphol International Airport after their negative test certificates were rejected by the airline.
The players eventually arrived in Japan and were able to have training sessions in preparation for their match this morning, Jamaica time.
The Boyz are scheduled to play against a Japan U23 team on June 12.