Audley Boyd, Assistant Editor - Sport
NOT so fast Deshorn Brown.
The 21-year-old Reggae Boy will have to wait a while longer to notch his first goal for Jamaica, after it was revealed the second-minute conversion believed to have been netted by the Colorado Rapids hitman, was credited as an own goal to Honduran defender Jorge Claros.
Brown, who had hooked the ball back from an angled position in the six-yard box after it had spilled from a goalmouth scramble, celebrated with his teammates and was thought to have scored the ball, in his second game for the national team since handed a start in the Reggae Boyz previous match against the United States last Friday in Kansas City.
However, evidence from video-footage and the CONCACAF website concluded an own goal. Not that it mattered much in the final outcome. The Jamaicans gladly embraced the goal to fashion a 2-2 draw, after they equalised a second time through Rodolph Austin's 57th minute penalty conversion off a handball.
It was their third draw in four matches under new coach Winfried Schäfer, allowing the team to finish with five points at the bottom of the standings.
The game got off to a flying start, as Carlos Costly put Honduras ahead in the first minute.
Within a minute, it was the Jamaicans' time to celebrate.
Honduras, looking to stay undefeated and cement their spot at next year's World Cup Final in Brazil, went ahead a second time with a screeching free kick by Maynor Figueroa, whose 35-yard bomb deflected off the wall as it swerved powerfully beyond the fully stretched Jamaican goal-tender, Duwayne Kerr.
In an open game, Jamaica kept fighting for the equaliser, which came when a Honduran defender handled the ball as local favourite Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson and Darren Mattocks hustled for a shot inside the box.
Both teams created a fair bit of panic around the goal, with Jamaica almost scoring twice through Demar Phillips, who blasted against the crossbar from 35 yards in the first half and then angled an attempt just wide of the far post in the second stanza, both from free kicks.
With all three matches in the final-round Hexagonal series kicking off simultaneously, the Honduran delegation and its bench started celebrating wildly as news from elsewhere emerged to confirm their third spot and automatic qualification to the 2104 World Cup Finals in Brazil, finishing on 15 points.
The United States, who topped the standings with 22 points, made a last-gasp rally to overturn a 2-1 deficit and beat Panama (eight points) 3-2, knocking the Central Americans out of fourth place. Mexico (11) sealed that spot despite a 1-0 loss to Costa Rica, which ended second on 18 points.
Mexico will now battle Oceania champions New Zealand in play-offs for a World Cup spot.