Reggae Boyz clip Honduras inside BBVA Stadium

Michael Binns

Jamaica's Reggae Boyz showed Honduras they have a long way to go if they are to qualify for the World Cup in Russia after pulling off a 1-0 win at the BBVA Stadium in Houston, Texas.

The games lone goal came in the second half courtesy of a Michael Binns 72nd-minute strike.

The game was a midfield battle and did not produce many goalscoring opportunities, with Honduras finding an obstinate Jamaica backline which included a number of very green players.

That backline, led by Damion Lowe, and completed by Rosario Harriott, Ladale Richie, and Kemar Lawrence, was a force to be reckoned with and must please coach Theodore Whitmore.

Whitmore's side, a heavily local-based unit, is in preparation for the Caribbean Football Union Caribbean Championship semi-final stage, where they face French Guiana. Prior to the clash with Honduras, the Jamaicans were pipped by the United States, who boast a new coach in Bruce Arena.

Honduras coach Jorge Luis Pinto will be a little more busy, as his side still have a World Cup campaign to look forward to. They play the United States in their next qualification match.

Before that, though, the Hondurans will tackle Ecuador.

The first half was almost chanceless and the goal, which Jamaica finally got, was always likely to be the only strike of the game.

However, the Jamaicans did have to deal with the double substitution of Erick Andino and Felix Crisanto, who replaced Christian Altamirano and Allans Vargas respectively, in a scary last few minutes.



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