Monday 15 July, 2019

Reggae Boyz make winning start in Gold Cup on historic night

Jamaica's Dever Orgill (right)  takes on Emilio Izaguirre of Honduras in the country's historic hosting of a Concacaf Gold Cup match on June 17, 2019 at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. Orgill scored two goals to lead the Reggae Boyz to a 3-2 victory. (PHOTO: Concacaf.com).

Jamaica's Dever Orgill (right) takes on Emilio Izaguirre of Honduras in the country's historic hosting of a Concacaf Gold Cup match on June 17, 2019 at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. Orgill scored two goals to lead the Reggae Boyz to a 3-2 victory. (PHOTO: Concacaf.com).

Jamaica's Reggae Boyz capped off their historic hosting of a Concacaf Gold Cup doubleheader with a 3-2 win over Honduras in Group C action on Monday night at the National Stadium in Kingston.

The victory came in front of an electric crowd of 17,874 spectators.

The Reggae Boyz opened the scoring in the 15th minute after Bayer Leverkusen's striker Leon Bailey, making his debut for the national senior team, chipped a pass over to Peter Vassell for the shot towards goal. Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez was able to get a hand on the ball, but not enough to deny it from reaching the far post where Dever Orgill gave Jamaica the lead.

Orgill would find the back of the net again in the 41st minute as a result of some collective passing inside the box and finished for a 2-0 lead.

Honduras would not back down and cut the deficit to one when Alberth Elis eventually broke free with the ball towards goal, hitting the brakes in front of Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake and delivering the pass for Antony Lozano to convert.

Jamaica responded just a few minutes later with a header by Damion Lowe, extending the lead to 3-1 in the 56th minute.

Honduras would not go away quietly, picking up their second goal in the 90+2’ from substitute forward Rubilio Castillo.

In the opening Group C game of the doubleheader, Nelson Bonilla came up with the lone goal to help El Salvador defeat Curacao 1-0.

The Reggae Boyz are scheduled to leave the island on Tuesday at 1pm via charter for Houston, Texas for their next game against El Salvador on Friday.

The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup is scheduled to run from June 15 to July 7. The bi-annual tournament will primarily be hosted in the United States, with Costa Rica and Jamaica also hosting doubleheaders in the first round of matches in groups B and C, respectively.

Jamaica's Reggae Boyz have played in the final twice. In 2015, the Reggae Boyz lost 3-1 against Mexico, while in 2017 they were beaten 2-1 by the United States.

 

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