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Je-Vaughn Watson Scores, Ignites Jamaican Comeback Win in Caribbean Cup

The Reggae Boyz’ captain kickstarted a two-goal, come-from-behind victory vs. Guyana.

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Je-Vaughn Watson has found his scoring touch in 2016.

After collecting an 85th-minute game-winner against the Chicago Fire this summer, Watson went off in U.S. Open Cup Play, scoring against Chicago and Philadelphia while converting a game-clinching penalty in the latter match.

Now, Watson has added a key international goal to his 2016 accomplishments.

Down 2-0 against Guyana in the third round of the Caribbean Cup, Watson—who captained the Jamaican side—converted a toe-poke shot in the 63rd-minute to halve his team’s deficit. According to the Voice, a Jamaican-founded British newspaper, the goal rejuvenated the Reggae Boyz, as the team began to pile attacking pressure on the host nation.

In the 88th minute, former Toronto FC defender Dicoy Williams scored a last-gasp equalizer by floating a shot past Guyana goalkeeper Kai McKenize-Lyle. Extra-time goals from Shaun Francis (San Jose Earthquakes) and Cory Burke (Bethlehem Steel FC) led Jamaica to an eventual 4-2 win.

Watson will look to stay hot when Jamaica hosts Suriname for its final third-round match, a competition that was postponed on October 5 due to safety concerns during Hurricane Matthew. The winner will advance to the tournament’s semi-final round.