GLASGOW (5/29/19) – Washington Spirit forward Cheyna Matthews earned her 3rd straight start for the Jamaican Women’s National Team as the Reggae Girlz fell to Scotland 3-2 in Glasgow.
Matthews has started in every game she has played for the Reggae Girlz, appearing in Jamaica’s friendlies against Panama last Winter. Matthews consistently pressured the Scottish back line and goalkeeper Lee Alexander from her position on the right wind, eventually helping fellow forward Khadija Shaw put two in the back of the net after Scotland turnovers.
Similar to other friendlies she has played in, Matthews started the 2nd half but was subbed out, replaced by 17-year-old forward Jody Brown in the 63rd minute.
For much of the game Scotland dominated the possession battle, but the Reggae Girlz were able to keep the score even thanks to the speed of the forwards Matthews and Shaw on counter attacks. However, after Jamaica’s second goal in the 49th minute, Scotland showed a more conservative approach and slowed the game down. Defender Sophie Howard scored the game-deciding goal off a corner kick from Caroline Weir.
The game between the two World Cup-bound nations was played in front of a Scottish record 18,555 fans for the 7:35 pm local time match start.
Tuesday’s match was the Reggae Girlz’ final friendly before the 2019 World FIFA Women’s World Cup. The team now has 12 days to prepare for their first group stage match against Brazil.