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Mattocks, Burke Braces Guide Jamaica Past Cayman Islands, 4-0

KINGSTON – Darren Mattocks and Cory Burke each grabbed a brace and Jamaica brushed aside the Cayman Islands 4-0 in the CONCACAF Nations League Qualifier at the National Stadium here in Kingston, on Sunday night.

Mattocks put Jamaica ahead early when the DC United forward headed home in the second minute to put the Reggae Boyz on the front foot.

Jamaica went 2-0 up in the 35th minute when Burke blasted into the roof of the net from close range after a rebound from an early attempt at goal fell into his path.

The home side then put the game out of reach when Mattocks finished with another header to make it 3-0 in the 58th before Burke, who features for the Philadelphia Union in the MLS, made it 4-0 shortly after the hour mark.

Jamaica will next travel to face Bonaire, which fell 5-0 to the Dominican Republic on Sunday.

The already eliminated Cayman Islands will next face the Dominican Republic.

Meanwhile, Reggae Boyz captain and standout goalkeeper, Andre Blake, was happy with the victory, but believes there is still room for improvement going forward.

“I think the guys did a great job having been asked to play on Friday, fly home on Saturday and then play tonight (Sunday). It wasn’t an easy task, but I think the guys did a great job,” Blake told journalists.

“I think after scoring the first goal, the guys realised that it was probably not going to be a tough game and they kind of dropped to their level, which is something that we are going to have to work on.

“We have a very good group of guys and in games like these, we have to be able to put in a professional performance and put the game away so that we can be able to give the younger players valuable minutes,” he added.

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