May 01, 2015 Sports
By Franklin Wilson in Suriname in association
with Fazia’s Collection and Fitness Express
Despite playing with ten men from the 12th minute when Clive Nobrega was red carded for a dangerous tackle on Suriname’s #10 Miguel Cronie which instantly ended his presence in the game, Guyana’s Golden Jaguars still played with heart but lost to the host nation 0-1 at the Andre Kamperveen Stadium, last night.
It was a good test for the home based Golden Jaguars and they stood up to the task admirably creating numerous chances despite having one player less.
The shot on goal was a powerful right footer from Gregory Rigters in the 24th minute that sailed past goalkeeper Akel Clarke to his left just under the bar just outside the V. The ball was actually collected from a rebound off Referee Johannes Dolaini midway in the Guyana half.
But despite being down, the Guyanese played well and looked very compact going forward whilst creating chances that should have been buried even before the Surinamese buried one of their chances.
‘King’ Solomon Austin should have buried a cross that came his way in the six yards
box at the far post; Sheldon Holder also missed from a good position in the area; Captain Dwain Jacobs also squandered a golden chance that came his way in the six, while Pernell Schultz also should have converted but didn’t.
The near misses came back to haunt the visitors who were being urged on by the many fans who travelled from Guyana to support as well as a few who are living and working in Suriname.
Many changes were rung by both sides as they continue preparations for World Cup Qualifying in June.
Suriname came close on a few occasions in the second half but Guyana kept them at bay and were able to respond in like manner also. One of the many second half substitutes, Eon Alleyne came close to tying the game in the dying moments with a swirling shot that just sailed over the cross bar.
Head Coach Jamaal Shabazz in summing up his side’s performance said that he was satisfied
that they gave a total effort in order to get a result.
“It was always going to be difficult playing with ten men after ten minutes and I thought they played with a lot of grit and determination. All in all in the end I thought Eon Alleyne almost pulled it back for us so it was a good experience for us to play under these conditions, but I would I would have loved us to play with eleven players in this game.”
The Guyana based players will return to their respective clubs but Shabazz said they would be training as a unit about three days each week to keep fit.
“By the middle of May we would be pulling all forces together and making the final preparations for the qualifiers.”
Suriname’s Head Coach Dean Gorre, who started with a win in his first game at the helm, said that his charges did not capitalize on the extra player that they had, rather, it looked like Guyana had the extra player.
“All in all we scored a good goal and then I could see Guyana was tired the further we played the game and we started controlling the game more which you should expect with a team playing with eleven against ten and I’m happy that I’ve done my first game with a win.”
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