Nov 13, 2012 Sports
In their opening match of the World League, Guyana suffered a 5-0 beating from CAC champions Trinidad and Tobago on the first day of the tournament at the National Hockey Centre in Tacarigua Trinidad.
Guyana sporting their BK International all-white uniforms had a strong start for the opening ten minutes of the match and seemed to match the Caribbean powerhouse stride for stride in what seemed to be a competitive affair.
A penalty corner earning by Trinidad in the 18th minute, however, changed the complexion of the game. A well struck ball by star Trinidadian midfielder Blair Wynne just skimmed the edge of the leg guard of the outstretched goalkeeper Alysa Xavier to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Trinidad brimming with confidence extended their lead to 2 when Wynne sent home a second in similar fashion, this time past the outstretched stick of post player Ulrica Sutherland.
With a 2-0 deficit at the half the Guyanese still seemed intent to get on the score sheet, but Trinidad was able to quell any budding forays before the Guyanese could get a good shot in the striking circle. Trinidad made good on two more penalty corners in the second half by converting one into a rebound goal by Yesenya Luces and the other into a penalty stroke which was converted by Wynne for her third. Trinidad Captain Allana Lewis scored their sole run-of-play goal 9 minutes from full time when the Guyanese defenders were caught in a momentary lapse in concentration allowing her to penetrate deeply into the circle to slip her flick past Xavier.
Despite the 5-0 defeat, Head Coach Philip Fernandes indicated that the team had their best showing against Trindiad in recent times. Fernandes indicated that although the score was over-whelming in favour of Trinidad, their set-pieces accounted for 4 of the 5. He noted that the team needed to do a better job defending the penalty corners if they are to be successful in the tournament as they defended well in open play.
Guyana was scheduled to play Canada, ranked 23 in the world, next in what is likely to be their most challenging game of the tournament yesterday afternoon.
Canada is coming off a 12-0 opening victory against Venezuela while in the third match of the day, Uruguay dished out an 8-0 whipping to Barbados.
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