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Last-gasp Jamaica progress

9 September 2015

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Lee Williamson made his senior bow at international level on a dramatic night for Jamaica.

The Rovers midfielder was handed his first cap and played the full match as the Reggae Boyz progressed to the next stage of their World Cup 2018 qualification process by the narrowest of margins against Nicaragua.

Trailing 3-2 from their first leg defeat in Kingston, the Caribbean side went into the tie in Managua knowing only a win by at least two goals would see them through.

It looked promising when Darren Mattocks, scorer in the first leg on Friday, grabbed the opening goal from close-range after just 13 minutes.

However as the game progressed it looked increasingly likely that it would be the Nicaraguans who would advance on away goals.

But just a minute from time a long throw into the home box was only cleared to the edge of the area to where Simon Dawkins hit a stunning volley to send the Jamaicans through.

The Reggae Boyz are now grouped with Costa Rica, Panama and Haiti, with the group winners and runners-up progressing through to the fifth qualifying stage.

• In Andorra, the Republic of Ireland's Under-21 team maintained their 100% record with a 2-0 win.

The Republic had defeated Andorra in their opening qualifier back in March, and repeated the feat to do the double over their hosts.

Darragh Lenihan played the full match for the Irish as first half goals from Tommie Hoban and Josh Cullen earned the visitors the win.

The Irish Under-21s are back in action next month with qualifiers against Lithuania and Italy.

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