Jun 27, 2015 Sports
Guyana’s chance of moving forward in the CFU 2016 Olympic Games qualifying competition came to an abrupt end when they lost to home team Antigua and Barbuda 2-0 in their second Group 2 match last evening at the Antigua Recreation ground.
The Guyanese had fallen to Cuba by a similar scoreline and were hoping to rebound against the hosts in order to have a chance of making it out of the group. After watching Antiguans dismantle Aruba 7-1 in their first game, Head Coach Jamaal Shabazz called the host nation a “formidable opponent” and one which he believes will be a tougher to get by than the Cubans.
Elvis Thomas, the 21 year-old forward who plays for Shabazz’s Caledonia AIA in the TT Pro-League opened the scoring just three minutes into the contest to give his country the lead. Thomas blasted in his second of the night and the game winner in the 29th minute.
The Antigua and Barbuda forward’s team-mates at Caledonia AIA Trayon Bobb, Domini Garnett and Pernell Schultz tried their best to claw Guyana back into the game and ultimately the tournament, but resolute defending by the home side thwarted their every move.
Guyana will now play the perennial whipping boys of the group Aruba tomorrow and will be aiming to end on a high. The final group game will be a humdinger of a battle with Cuba, which hammered Aruba 11-1 in yesterday’s opening match, facing off with Antigua for a place in the next round.
Cuba are atop the standings with a better goal difference, Antigua had hammered Aruba 7-0.
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