A wonderful solo effort from the experienced Walter ‘Boyd’ Moore in the
62nd minute was enough to separate Guyana’s ‘Golden Jaguars’ from the touring India national team in their clash last evening at the National Stadium.
Watched by a somewhat disappointing crowd that saw some heavy showers dampen the outfield in the opening period, the Guyanese scored a 2-1 win against the Indians which ushered in a victorious return back at the helm for Technical Director Jamal Shabazz, a result that was shared also with Manager Mark Xavier.
The Indians, smarting from a 3-0 loss to the Soca Warriors earlier in the week showed a little more fight against the higher ranked Guyanese, but poor finishing put paid to their ambitions of registering an upset win.
On the other hand, Guyana fielded a new look team and Shabazz and his technical staff will know that a lot more work needs to be done to whip them into shape in the fastest possible time to combat the challenges of Barbados and Bermuda on September 2 and 6 respectively.
The Guyanese opened the scoring through the nippy Vurlon Mills, who raised high in the air to nudge home a header off a cross from Moore, playing on the left flank. That goal came in the 19th minute of the first period.
Buoyed by their early success, the locals attacked with fervour and had a few more opportunities to stretch their advantage, but the customary poor shooting and inaccuracy provided reprieve for the visitors.
The Indians got the equaliser in the 36th minute of play when Steven Dias
delivered a cracking free kick just outside the Guyana 25-yard box that blew past goalkeeper Ronson Williams.
The half came with no change in the scoreline.
On the resumption, both teams increased the tempo with Guyana’s mid-field play looking dangerous, while the Indians defence held sturdy.
Mills and Moore placed them under constant pressure and the latter was later rewarded, producing some sublime dribbling skills to weave his way past a host of defenders, before lashing a powerful shot past the Indian goalie.
It was a vintage passage of play that deserved a goal as it did.
No team managed to score before the final whistle came to hand India its second loss in as many games on their tour of the Caribbean despite the Guyana team playing with a man short after one of their players was sent off for a rough challenge.
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