KINGSTON, Jamaica – Reigning Scotiabank Concacaf League champion CS Herediano of Costa Rica grabbed a slim edge in its 2019 SCL Round of 16 series with a key away goal against Jamaica’s Waterhouse in a 1-1 draw on Thursday night at Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica.
Waterhouse went right to work on the reigning champion and Andre Fletcher took advantage of space in the Herediano penalty area to give the hosts an early 1-0 lead in the 2’.
Two minutes later, Herediano’s Bryan Rubio almost answered Fletcher’s early score with the equalizer, but saw his shot hit the post. The Ticos would draw even though in the 17’, as Keyner Brown spun a header over the arms of Waterhouse GK Akeen Chambers to make it 1-1.
Herediano started to increase the pressure on the Waterhouse defense in the second half and had two very good looks at goal, only to see Keysher Fuller fire just over the crossbar, followed by a Freddy Alvarez strike that forced Chambers into a big save.
In the end, the two sides would have to settle for the draw, leaving the tie up for grabs going into next week’s second leg.