Reggae Boyz end WCQ with win at home
Published on 31 March 2022
Leon Bailey started Jamaica’s come from behind win when he equalised against Honduras during their Concacaf World Cup Qualifying match at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. (Photo: Concacaf Media)
KINGSTON, Jamaica (March 30, 2022)—Goals by Leon Bailey and Ravel Morrison gave Jamaica a 2-1 win over Honduras on the last day of World Cup qualifying at the National Stadium in Kingston.
Honduras took the lead in the 18’, after a VAR review for handball in the penalty area went in their favor. Angel Tajeda stepped up to the plate to convert from the spot kick. The Jamaican goalkeeper Andre Blake went the correct way, but he couldn’t come close to the powerfully struck free kick.
The Caribbean outfit didn’t give up, however, and were soon awarded a penalty kick of their own.
Up stepped Bailey, and the Aston Villa man didn’t disappoint the home fans. He sent his effort low and to the left of the Luis Lopez, the Honduran custodian, to nestle the ball in the bottom corner, drawing his team level in the process in the 38’.
With the teams seemly evenly matched and the game in the balance, it was Ravel Morrison who had the final say.
The Central American side failed to deal adequately with an in-swinging corner from Bailey, and their failed clearance fell to Morrison inside the penalty area. The Derby County midfielder gladly accepted the gift and hit a low, powerful drive to give his team the lead in the 45+2’, and eventually the win.
The result meant that Jamaica finished in sixth place on 11 points and outside the qualification zone. Honduras, meanwhile, ended their campaign at the bottom of the standings with four points.