Donaldson’s Jamaica narrowly beaten by Venezuela

Jamaica's Clayton Donaldson, center, fights for the ball against Haiti's Kim Jaggy, left, and Frantz Bertin, during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday Nov. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

The Reggae Boyz got of to a disappointing start in this years Copa America, losing 1-0 to largely unfancied Venezuela.

The minnows went ahead in the 15th minute courtesy of a Josef Martinez strike before former Leeds United man Rodolph Austin was sent off in the 24th minute, with this doing little to help his side’s chances.

Blues striker Clayton Donaldson started upfront alongside Houston Dynamo’s Giles Barnes, but neither he or the former Derby County man could create any meaningful chances in a widely bad-tempered game.

Jamaica’s coach was also sent to the sidelines before half-time but the game finished 1-0 to Venzuela. Next up for Clyaton Donaldson’s Jamaica’s is Mexico, who will prove an even trickier outfit. 10/1 outsiders, they’re largely fancied to go far in this years competition so Clayton and co will have to be in top form to get a result.



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