Guyana’s Under-17 Junior Jaguars suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Suriname when Group 4 action in the Caribbean Football Union World Cup Qualifying competition got going at the Haseley Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
The young Guyanese were outplayed by a much more oiled Suriname side that took the lead in the 16th minute through a well taken shot by Gainsa Jofrendi that Guyana’s goalkeeper Jason Cromwell had no chance of stopping.
Up to that point of the game Suriname controlled proceedings as the Guyanese gave up too much space to their neighbours who used it to full advantage.
But as the game progressed, the Junior Jaguars grew in confidence as they gradually tightened up and played a more compact game. That ploy brought the desired results as the combination of Jermaine Fletcher and Franklyn Parks drew the Guyanese level in the 24th minute.
Fletcher intercepted a pass by the Surinamese just over the half way line in the opposition half worked his way up the middle before slipping the ball to the onrushing Parks who held his composure to hit the ball pass the advancing Suriname Custodian Savio Proeger to level the scores.
Suriname kept pressing forward despite Guyana evening the score and were rewarded with up to half a dozen corners, goalie Cromwell having to work overtime and in one instance had to push the ball over the bar.
When the half time whistle was sounded, the score remained unchanged with each side netting once.
The mode of the Surinamese did not change in the second half even as Guyana also upped the level of their offensive game.
While Suriname made an early sub in the first half, the 13th minute to be exact, Guyana made three within an eight minute span in the second half.
In the 71st minute, Mark Wrong made way for Christopher Bacchus; one minute later Myles Albert was introduced for Paul Miggins, while in the 78th minute, Kareem Knights was asked to make way for Kelon Primo.
The intention was clear on the part of Head Coach Sampson Gilbert, he was searching for more fire power to bring them goal number two.
But that was not to be as Suriname also introduced fresh legs that made the difference as their new players added much energy to their offence.
The young Surinamese eased back into the lead in the 76th minute through a Fer Donnegy goal and the game was put beyond the reach of the Guyanese when substitute Asoman Moreno, who was too hot for the Guyanese to handle, finally rocked the nets in the 84th minute.
Home team Trinidad and Tobago were large and in charge against the British Virgin Islands in the feature game. At the half way mark the Junior Soca Warriors were leading 10-0.
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