10-man Jamaica draws with Martinique
NORTH SOUND, Antigua - Another Caribbean power could potentially miss a trip to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup as Martinique played two-time defending champion Jamaica to a 0-0 draw in Group B play at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. The result left the Reggae Boyz with one point from two games - the same as Trinidad & Tobago in Group A -- while Les Matinino took sole possession of first place on four points.

Jamaica, which has advanced to the final round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying for Brazil 2014, was hoping to bounce back from a 2-1 opening loss to French Guyana on Saturday. Instead, Theodore Whitmore's side faces the realization that even a win over Cuba in the last group game of Wednesday might not be enough to ensure a ninth appearance at the confederation biennial championship.

Martinique, on the other hand, needs only a draw against French Guyana to seal qualification to the CONCACAF event for the first time since 2003.

Cuba and French Guyana are tied for second with three points apiece.

The dynamic duo of Kevin Parsemain and Frederic Piquionne fueled Martinique throughout the match, peppering the Jamaican goal with a steady stream of shots.

Jamaica, however, came closest to scoring in the first half, when midfielder Demar Phillips attempted an acrobatic bicycle kick that just missed finding the target.

The Jamaicans knew that a loss could spell the end of their Caribbean campaign. The task of preventing that possibility was made more difficult after Phillips was ejected in the 62nd minute for a hard tackle on Parsemain.

Three minutes later, Whitmore called on 1998 World Cup finals veteran Ricardo Gardner to enter the game. And while the Jamaican fans in attendance were hoping to see the long-time Bolton Wanderers stalwart, 34, make an offensive impact, he assumed a more stabilizing role in the midfield.

Martinique tried to exploit the man advantage in search of the win. Its only genuine chance, though, came in the 85th minute after a Parsemain attempt was misplayed by Jamaican goalkeeper Dwayne Miller.

Jamaica has reached the quarterfinal stage in three of the last five Gold Cups.