Great night for Richards as Edgar suffers
By Tony Scholes
Updated Wednesday, 17th October 2012
David Edgar lined up for Canada last night knowing that a draw in Honduras would be enough to see them move into the next qualifying stage in the North, Central America and Caribbean Group for the 2014 World Cup.
It could not have gone worse. They needed a draw, nothing more, but fell to a stunning 8-1 defeat with two players, Jerry Bengtson and Carlo Costly scoring hat tricks. It was 4-0 by half time and by the time Doncaster's Iain Hume scored the consolation the goals against column had already reached six.
That brings to an end any hopes of making Brazil in two years time despite the ten point return being the second highest they've achieved since the format was introduced in 1992.
If it was bitter disappointment for Canada and Edgar then it certainly wasn't for Dane Richards and Jamaica. They were expected to beat Antigua and Barbuda in their final Round 3 game but even that wasn't guaranteed to be good enough.
They did enough in the end, more than enough, recording a 4-1 win with future Claret Richards scoring the last two goals after Antigua and Barbuda had pulled one back following opening goals from Demar Phillips and Nyron Nosworthy.
Jamaica will now move forward into the next stage, a home and away format competition, along with USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama. The top three will qualify for Brazil with a fourth going into an intercontinental play off.
One other Burnley player won a cap last night. Sam Vokes came on as a substitute for Wales in their 2-0 defeat in Croatia. There were 73 minutes gone, and the scoring was complete, when he replaced Leicester's Andy King.
Danny Lafferty was an unused substitute for Northern Ireland who won an outstanding point, holding Portugal to a 1-1 draw in Porto. Former Claret Kyle Lafferty played and they led too for almost 50 minutes before a home equaliser form Helder Postiga eleven minutes from time.
As for other ex-Clarets. Both Danny Fox and Steven Fletcher played in Scotland's 2-0 defeat in Belgium and Gabor Kiraly was again an unused sub as Hungary beat Turkey 3-1 in Budapest.
Away from the World Cup, and into the UEFA European Under 19 Championships. It was bad news for Northern Ireland. Despite a sensational 8-1 win against Moldova, without the suspended Luke Conlan, they weren't able to qualify for the next stage.
The Republic of Ireland already had qualified and, having won the first two games, played out a creditable 2-2 draw against Germany in the final game. They were 2-0 down within the first half hour but came back with goals from substitutes Sam Byrne (Manchester United) and Ryan Coombes (St. Patrick's Athletic) in the second half. Again, Luke Gallagher played the entire game and can now look forward to the next round.
Regarding the full international caps won by current and former Clarets, the INTERNATIONALS section, within the Players drop down menu, has been updated.
Photograph of Dane Richards by kind permission of Vancouver Whitecaps