#FIFAWWC2019 : Jamaica join USA & Canada as CONCACAF qualifiers

Jamaica defender Dominique Bond-Flasza after scoring the winning penalty against Panama in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship 3rd place play-off. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA)

Jamaica have qualified for their first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament, after defeating Panama on penalties in the CONCACAF play-off.

The USA and Canada had already booked their berths as CONCACAF Women’s Championship finalists, with the Americans then winning 2-0 as Rose Lavelle’s 2nd-minute goal was added to by tournament Golden Boot winner Alex Morgan just before the end.

The Reggae Girlz, who are playing Nottingham Forest Ladies at the City Ground on 28 October, twice led through Khadija Shaw and Young Player of the Tournament, Jody Brown but Natalia Mills replied to force extra-time and then Lineth Cedeño’s leveller led to the shoot-out. However, after Panama missed their third and fourth spot-kicks, Dominique Bond-Flasza netted the decider.

Jamaica’s starting XI against Panama. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA)

Panama – who earlier ended Mexico’s hopes – now face another play-off against Argentina for a place in France next summer.

Other honours at the CONCACAF Championship saw Julie Erttz (USA) win the Golden Ball, Yenith Bailey (Panama) get the Golden Glove and the USA given the Fair Play Award, while the All-star team was as follows:

Goalkeeper – Yenith Bailey (Panama), Defenders – Kelley O’Hara (USA), Rebecca Quinn (Canada), Abby Dahlkemper (USA), Crystal Dunn (USA), Midfielders – Jessie Fleming (Canada), Julie Ertz (USA), Lindsey Horan (USA),  Forwards – Tobin Heath (USA), Alex Morgan (USA), Megan Rapinoe (USA).