Jamaica, Honduras nil all at half time

Thursday, February 16, 2017

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HOUSTON, Texas — Jamaica and Honduras were locked 0-0 in their friendly international match inside the BBVA Compass Stadium here in Houston.

The Jamaicans came under pressure from the very first minute when debutant Kevon Lambert gave away possession of the ball in the middle of the pitch and Rubilio Castillo gleefully accepted the ball and drove hard at goalkeeper Ryan Thompson, who could only turn behind for a corner.

The Central American champions proceeded to take control of midfield and created numerous forays into the Jamaican defensive third but were kept at bay by stout defending.

The Reggae Boyz' best effort came after 20 minutes when they built their play on the left side through Oneil Fisher, who crossed into the penalty area where goalkeeper Luis Lopez could only punch behind for a corner while under pressure from Shamar Nicholson.

With more than half hour gone, Honduras created another chance from a free kick just outside the penalty box after Fisher brought down a Castillo who was played through the centre of the park. However, Marcelo Canales who only look on in disgust as his well struck left footer crashed against the crossbar.

At the other end Nicholson attempted an audacious side kick, which was easily accepted by goalkeeper Lopez.

The Jamaicans made six changes to the starting team which faced the United States of America in Chattanooga, Tennessee on February 3.

The teams are using this game as preparation for more important fixtures, which Honduras set to continue their Russia World Cup qualifying campaign next month against the US and Costa Rica, while Jamaica will look to the Caribbean Cup and the CONCACAF Gold Cup later this summer.

Ian Burnett

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