Jamaica finished the virtual formality of reaching the group
stages of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ in
the North, Central American and Caribbean zone with a 6-0
second-leg rout of the Bahamas in Greenfield-Trelawny on Wednesday.
The result, combined with the 7-0 win in Kingston at the weekend, means that Rene Simoes' Reggae Boyz have strolled through by an astonishing 13-0 aggregate scoreline, signalling a return to the drawing board for the Bahamas.
Luton Shelton, of Sheffield United, grabbed a hat trick on Wednesday, bringing his tally for the series to five after scoring twice in the home leg at 'the Office,' as the Jamaicans' Kingston ground is known.
Deon Burton scored a brace and Tyrone Marshall rounded out the goals on Wednesday.
The Jamaicans now join up with Honduras, who beat Puerto Rico 6-2 on aggregate, in the group stages of the region's qualifying.
The ten remaining second round ties are at the halfway mark with
the first legs taking place at the weekend. The biggest shock came
in the form of a 2-1 win for minnows Bermuda over Germany 2006
participants Trinidad and Tobago on the road in Macoya. The USA
powered past Barbados 8-0 in Los Angeles, while Mexico struggled to
a 2-0 win over Belize in Houston. Costa Rica, much to the chagrin
of their fans, could only manage a 2-2 draw in St. George's
The ten remaining second leg ties will take place this weekend.
CONCACAF qualifying round 2 at the halfway mark:
Grenada 2-2 Costa Rica
Antigua and Barbuda 3-4 Cuba
Suriname 1-0 Guyana
Guatemala 6-0 St. Lucia
USA 8-0 Barbados
St. Vincent 0-3 Canada
Haiti 0-0 Netherlands Antilles
Belize 0-2 Mexico
Panama 1-0 El Salvador
Trinidad and Tobago 1- 2 Bermuda
Though to the group stages:
Honduras (6-2 aggregate win over Puerto Rico)
Jamaica (13-0 aggregate win over Bahamas)