Dever Orgill brace powers Jamaica to 3-2 victory over Honduras

By June 17, 2019
Jamaica striker Dever Orgil. Jamaica striker Dever Orgil.

Two goals from forward Dever Orgill and a third from Damion Lowe steered Jamaica to an exciting 3-2 win over Honduras in the historic CONCACAF Gold Cup match at the National Stadium in Kingston on Monday night.

Before a Jamaican crowd of 17, 874 Honduras showed fight and scored two second-half goals but Jamaica was never in danger of defeat.

Orgill scored in the 15th and 41st minutes in what was a solid if not impressive first half punctuated by moments of brilliance from Prodigal Son Leon Bailey, who had a hand in the first goal. After a relatively quiet first 15 minutes, Bailey finally found space going forward.

He danced over the ball and then lobbed a pass to Peter Vassell, who got in on goal only to have his shot blocked by the Honduran custodian Luiz Lopez. However, Lopez parried the ball into the path of an advancing Orgill, who headed in from three yards.

Michael Hector enjoyed a solid first half, breaking up the Honduran threat that came from Alberth Ellis, Antony Lozano and Romell Quioto. Their darting runs out wide and into the channels provided a stern test for the Jamaican defence led by centre back Damion Lowe.

Hector was not only solid in defence but he started the move that led to Orgill’s second goal.

His pass from midfield found full back Alvas Powell, who cut inside while shaking off two defenders before finding Orgill inside the box. His shot was deflected but the ball still found its way into the back of the Honduran net.

Elis was a constant threat along the flanks, his pace and power proving to be a handful for the Jamaica fullbacks.

It was he who set up Honduras’ first goal when he caught centreback Shaun Francis in possession inside the box before passing to Lozano who tapped in from the centre of the box.

Honduras’ joy was short-lived, however, as two minutes later Damion Lowe’s powerful header from a corner restored Jamaica’s two-goal cushion.

Jamaica’s attack waned as the second half progressed and as Honduras pressed for another goal.

Coach Theodore Whitmore withdrew Orgill and replaced him with Shamar Nicholson who sparked Jamaican attack back to life. He ran at Honduran defence, opening lanes for Bailey and Junior Flemmings who replaced Peter Vassell.

With the game all but settled, Honduras got their second when substitute Rubillio Castillo outjumped a tired Jamaican defence to head home from close range from a Michaell Chirinos cross two minutes into stoppage time.

There was a further scare for the Reggae Boyz shortly after when Chirinos went down in the box while driving towards goal but referee Jair Marrufo waved away his vociferous appeals.

 

 

 

 

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