GUYANA USA HUMBLE SURINAME 2-0 TO WIN FEMALE GOODWILL TOURNEY
Locals face Suriname at MSC this afternoon
By Franklin Wilson
In another vintage display of team football, the Guyana USA based team outplayed Suriname 2-0 at the Enmore Community Centre ground to win the friendly Goodwill Football series with an unblemished record of two wins in as many matches.
The USA based lasses dominated the Surinamese in every department and such was their dominance that Suriname was hardly able to get any shots at the Guyanese goal which was superbly manned by the solid and businesslike Tenyka Francique.
Yet again, the all round ability of this talented bunch of players averaging about age 20 was on show as they controlled the flow of the game in offence, defence and midfield.
The locals did not waste any time in asserting themselves as nippy forward Ashley Rodrigues nailed her third goal of the tournament in the 10th minute, a beautiful left foot shot over the head of Suriname’s goalkeeper, Nathalie Benjamin.
While the Guyana ladies did not score anymore goals in this half, they continued to dominate and control the game at will, urged on by a vociferous crowd which included many of their parents and relatives and the local girls.
The second half was no different with regard to the Guyanese domination of proceedings, their ability to attack in numbers while maintaining the shape and excellent communication among them continued.
They came close to stretching the lead on a number of occasions but the visitors kept them out with a few shots going wide of the target.
But the ladies from the Land of Many Waters were not contented with a single goal, Brittany Persaud doing the honours of doubling the lead in the 82nd minute which effectively sealed the game Guyana’s way and capped a great performance by the ladies who after the game were warmly greeted by the crowd on their victory lap.
But while the fans and supporters were elated about the win and the prospects of Guyana’s future as regards the women’s game, Technical Director Mark Rodrigues while also being excited and confident that the future is bright, said that the girls have the potential and talent to do even better.
“While I am happy about the win and the fact that it has sent a strong message out, I know that these girls can play a whole lot better, they can take it to another level.”
One Guyana Team
Rodrigues who has been working hard for the past two years in putting together a programme for Women’s Development stated that the Technical Team has identified the players who will be part of the Guyana World Cup squad.
“We have identified the players who will make up the squad going forward. This is no more a Guyana local and USA team, this is one Guyana team.
It was disclosed that Guyana will play their first World Cup Qualifying game on January 22 against and an opponent yet to be known and Rodrigues said he is hoping that the squad can come together by mid January to heighten preparations.
Meanwhile, the Guyana local line up will take on Suriname this afternoon at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground in the final match of the series from 16:00hrs.
Coach Wayne Dover and his Technical support team will be assisted by three of the USA based Coaches. The Guyana teams will meet again in another warm up game tomorrow at the Blairmont Community Centre ground, from 16:00hrs.