Morris on the double as Boyz hit Bonaire for 6

BY SEAN A WILLIAMS
Deputy Sport Editor

Monday, October 15, 2018

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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — It was not the bloodbath the Reggae Boyz had dreamed up for tiny Bonaire.

Still, Jamaica managed to blank the minnows 6-0 in their Conacacaf Nations League qualifying game at Ergilio Hato Stadium in Curacao last night.

Ricardo Morris led the scoring with a brace in the 43rd and 51st minutes, with solo strikes from Cory Burke (14th), Owayne Gordon (48th), Peter-Lee Vassell (58th) and Dane Kelly (82nd).

Jamaica, who entered yesterday's game in 12th place on the standings, were hoping for more goals to move closer to the leaders.

At press time the updated table was not available, as other games were ongoing across the Caribbean region.

The Boyz have now won their second match on the trot, having defeated the Cayman Islands 4-0 in Kingston last month.

In yesterday's match, which Bonaire were forced to play in neighbouring Curacao due to lack of adequate infrastructure to host the game, Jamaica had a scare as early as the fourth minute.

It resulted from a mix-up between Michael Hector and Shaun Francis which put Bonaire's wide player Yurick Seinpaul on a clear run at goal, but his final effort lacked conviction.

The Boyz' first real chance came from a right-sided inswinger from Fabion McCarthy who picked out striker Burke, but the latter's glancing header was turned behind by the heavyset goalkeeper Rishison Frans, one of three brothers in the Bonaire team.

Following a frustrating period on the offensive front in search of the opening goal, the Boyz got their breakthrough in the 14th minute.

The move started with Francis playing the ball delicately for Morris, who charged down the left flank. He ended his interest in the move with a perfectly lofted cross inside for Burke, who blasted home with no response from the goalie.

In the 40th minute Jamaica thought they got their second goal when Hector scrambled home from a melee, but the far-side assistant referee spotted something illegal and disallowed the goal.

The goal came legal three minutes, however when Morris kept his long run going, capitalising on a poorly headed clearance to stab the ball under the Bonaire custodian and end the first half with a frustrating 2-0 advantage in a match where a goal deluge was the desired outcome.

The Boyz were quickly out of the blocks on the resumption when the busy Morris continued his marauding runs down the left, crossing for Gordon to side-foot past the goalkeeper in minute 48th.

Three minutes later the Morris-Gordon combination reaped more rewards, this time Morris slotting home for his second of the evening.

For their fifth in the 58th minute, Peter-Lee Vassell, the youngest player on the field, betrayed his youth by exhibiting confidence and composure to curl home a free kick from 20 yards, after he was fouled only seconds earlier.

As the Jamaicans piled on the pressure, substitute Kelly unbelievably had his shot blocked from point-blank range in the 71st minute.

On a breakaway down the right flank in the 74th minute another sub, Jovan East, guided the ball inside, which rolled for Kelly who, once again, could not beat the goalkeeper from that close.

A minute later East himself could not find that clinical finish from inside the box, giving the boys from Bonaire a reprieve.

Later East was at it again, finding himself in a privileged position, but his low header was plucked off the line by the overworked Frans.

Then Kelly, following through on a ball deep from midfield, slipped the keeper to tap into an empty net for goal number six, bringing the curtains down on the night's proceedings.

Hector was sent off in time added after picking up his second yellow card.

Jamaica's next game will be against Suriname in Montego Bay on November 17.

Teams: Jamaica — Andre Blake, Damion Lowe, Michael Hector (elected 90th+), Shaun Francis, Fabion McCarthy, Je-Vaughn Watson, Owayne Gordon, Peter-Lee Vassell (Devon Williams 69th), Ricardo Morris, Darren Mattocks (Javon East 58th), Cory Burke (64th

Subs not used: Amal Knight, Jeadine White, Jamiel Hardware, Ricardo Thomas, Fabian Reid, Alex Marshall

Booked: Hector (40th, 90th+)

Bonaire — Rishison Frans, Leroy Van Dongan, Ignard Gijsbertha (Terrance Trindad 45th), Lacey Pauletta, Edsh el Martha, Jonathan Emerenciana (Iffred Piar 45th), Jermaine Windster, Aryton Cicilia, Lilove Janga, Robert Frans, Yurick Seinpaul (Mamix Eustachia 58th)

Subs not used: Jurven Clara, Raigal Molina, Derrick Lugo, Atsy Anthony, Sergio Mercera, Terrence Frans, Jerson Agostien, Giovanny Janga, Keanu Hunt

Booked: Seinpaul (53rd), R Janga (88th), R Frans (90th)

Referee: Sherwin Moore (Guyana)

Assistant referees: Ainsley Richard (Trinidad), Keytzel Coralles (Nicaragua)

Fourth official: Reon Radix (Grenada)

Match commissary: Ewin Davis (Trinidad)

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