Oct 09, 2010 Sports
By Franklin Wilson
The battle for the number one spot in Group C of the Caribbean Football Union World Under-20 qualifying competition will be between Guyana’s ‘Junior Jaguars’ and Jamaica’s Junior ‘Reggae Boyz’ following the respective countries second win in as many matches.
On another beautiful evening at the Guyana National Stadium Providence, the few fans on hand were treated to a goal feast on the penultimate day of this round of competition.
The feature match between Guyana and Grenada saw the host team prevailing by a 3-0 margin against a determined Grenada side that took the fight to the young Guyanese; the lads from the Spice Isle while creating numerous chances did not have the necessary artillery up front to make the hosts pay for their many lapses.
The Reggae vibes and sounds of the very athletic ‘Reggae Boyz’ was way too much for the hapless lads from the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) to handle; they were hammered 13-0.
The Guyanese started very timid and took some time to flow cohesively against a Grenada side that showed much purpose and fight, they were not afraid to take the fight to the home team.
Two changes were made to the starting eleven for Guyana from the USVI clash, Marco Marcus (midfield) and Telson McKinnon (forward) made way for Nicholas Parbhudial and Olvis Mitchell.
However, Guyana forced the first two corners of the game and both occasions saw the ball rolling across the goal with no one in range to tap it into the goal. Grenada created quite a few chances and came close to taking the lead as their confidence grew.
But it was Guyana breaking the deadlock in the 26th minute when the hard working and consistent Sheldon Holder finished off a good play which began deep in the Grenada half by nudging the ball past custodian Kenson James.
Despite taking the lead, Grenada did not back down, showing determination as they did in their opening game against Jamaica. The Jamaicans had taken the lead against them after only 11 seconds but they fought back to draw level in the 10th minute.
But that was not to be this time as Guyana doubled the lead with 5 minutes to go to half time. Another good build up in midfield saw Ulvis Mitchell firing a fierce shot which rocketed off the upright; Grenada’s Vice Captain Kevin Edeards in an attempt to clear the ball only succeeded in helping the ball
over the line.
Grenada started the second half in aggressive mode sand missed early chances after penetrating the defensive third. Their aggression was countered eventually by the Guyanese whose defence led by Captain Colin Nelson was fully tested.
The exchanges were back and forth with Guyana eventually taking control.
The introduction of Kevin Beaton, Trayon Bobb added much life to the midfield and the third goal came in the 74th minute when Captain Nelson converted from the spot; his second goal of the tournament from the penalty spot after Sheldon Holder was brought down in the box after another of his many raids.
Bobb, playing left side midfield brought the crowd to life with his nimble foot work and skillful play. Grenada can take a pat on the shoulders for stretching the Guyanese throughout the game; the Guyanese though will have to step it up against Jamaica who they will meet in the final game of the group tomorrow.
Jamaica were relentless against the USVI and could have scored many more goals were it not for the brave advances made by the USVI’s goalkeeper Walton Stuart. Jamaica also missed from the penalty spot in the second half. Registering his second hat-trick in as many games for the Jamaicans was Greg Foster who was on target in the 6th, 67th and 85th minute; he is now the leading goal scorer in the tournament with 6 goals.
Paul Wilson, who was one of eight players attending the Digicel Kick Start Clinics, one week camp at the Sunderland AFC Academy, last year, was one of three players recording a double each. Wilson hit the network in the 30th and the 2nd minute of added on time (90+2). Allan Ottey (14, 25) and Devon Williams (64, 65) were the other two players.
The big match-up of the group will be tomorrow’s feature game between Guyana and Jamaica from 19:00hrs. Grenada and the USVI will square off for the third and fourth place in the group from 17:00hrs, both having lost their other matches.
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