By Franklin Wilson
A fine display of possession football interspersed with strategic offensive and defensive plays saw Guyana’s Golden Jaguars romping to a 2-0 win over old rivals Suriname at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, last night.
Elevated to the Captaincy after being out of contention for some time, a new and matured Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson blasted goals either side of play to lead his country to a commanding win as both nations are preparing for action in the Caribbean Men’s Championship, next month.
Richardson who scored in the 18th and 74th minute crafted a memorable win for the Guyanese which has been achieved with an all home based team that would have benefitted from the ongoing and inaugural, Stag Elite League.
Within the first minute Richardson had the Suriname goalkeeper Claydel Kohinor punching the ball away from a powerful shot just outside the six yards area as the home team showed their intentions of taking the attack to their rivals.
Fellow forward, Vurlon Mills missed the opportunity of putting the Guyanese ahead from a beautiful square that was served up by Dwight Peters playing right midfield in the 4th minute as the locals looked a well-oiled unit. They utilised the full width of the field as the ball was allowed to do the work.
Peters in the 7th minute was very casual in accepting a long pass which he could have volleyed home but choose to pass it to a teammate but the Surinamese intercepted. The visiting side which also featured mostly their Under-23 team with a few senior players did not look too fazed by the Guyanese as they played a patient game.
Peters again in the 10th minute found Mills in the area but Mills was not able to get off a shot owing to tight defending. Mitchell Kisoor in the 12th minute made the first promising run for the Surinamese but his effort was short-lived as Guyanese goalie Alex Murray anticipated well to intercept.
Peters, Travis ‘Zorro’ Grant, Mills, Eon Alleyne and Richardson proved a handful for the Surinamese in midfield and attack. Defender Solomon Austin sent a header wide in the 15th minute from a corner taken by Grant with the domination the Golden Jaguars continuing.
In the 17th minute Captain Richardson gave Guyana the lead on an assist from left side midfielder Eon Alleyne whose run deep into the area triggered the experience of Richardson as he calmly collected and hammered home for the Golden Jaguars to take the lead, 1-0.
It was just reward for the constant raids on the Surinamese by the Golden Jaguars which also enjoyed the bulk of possession. In the middle moments of the half it was quiet, the exchanges being even. Richardson came close to increasing the advantage in the 32nd minute but his shot was blocked by the defender for a corner. The combo of Richardson and Mills had the Surinamese defence on high alert all along.
Richardson and Mills in tandem again in the 39th minute came up short of increasing the lead. Mills again one minute later was not forceful enough on the end of a high pass from Allen, his header going wide of the upright.
Peters was fouled just outside of the box in the 41st minute trying to get past two defenders, the ensuing free kick by center midfielder Colin Nelson went just wide of the post as the Golden Jaguars continued to show excellent aggression and condition.
Peters threw over a tantalizing ball in the 43rd minute and Grant’s aim for goal saw the ball going way over the bar. Suriname made another enterprising run, which were few and far, in the 44th minute to end the first half which belonged to the home team.
Aiming to continue their domination of proceedings, Guyana brought in Konata Manning at the start of the second half for Travis Grant, a minute of silence being observed for the passing of former National Player Julian Moe. The home team continued their attacking style of play.
Richardson sent a nice cross in front of the visitor’s goal in the 48th minute but there was no one to finish. He himself came up short in the 52nd minute when he had only Kohinor to beat; his shot went directly into the body of the Surinamese custodian.
The visitors looked more aggressive at the start of the second half, forcing back to back corners in the 54th minute but could not crack the home team’s defence. They enjoyed a good period of possession in the Guyanese defensive third but could not get past the air tight defence of the Golden Jaguars.
On the hour, the home team made two more subs, Eon Alleyne and Vurlon Mills making way for Devon Millington and Daniel Wilson even as Suriname continued to press forward.Wilson in the 63rd minute almost doubled the lead with a powerful shot from just outside the area that rebounded into play off the upright with Kohinor beaten all ends up.
Trayon Bobb came on in the 69th minute for Colin Nelson, while Suriname made their first change when Milton Pinas made way for Galgyto Talea. Suriname’s first real challenge on goal saw Murray negating them in the 71st minute pressing deep into the Guyanese defensive third.
It was really the Richardson show as he; on the end of a punchy and well directed pass from Joshua Browne in the 73rd minute finished clinically to double the home teams lead in grand fashion much to the applause of the appreciative fans on hand.
The goal came during a period when the Surinamese were enjoying their best possession of the match but not even that could have kept the Golden Jaguars from increasing the advantage. Desperate for a goal, Suriname brought in Jual Pengel for Bruce Diporedjo (a product of the Digicel Kick Start Clinics) in the 77th minute.
Richardson’s second goal swung the momentum back the Golden Jaguars way and with the fresh legs that were introduced, the home team kept pushing the visitors back, play after play.With five minutes to play, Richardson was replaced by debutant Dwayne Lindie, while Peters was replaced by Dellon Lanferman for his debut at the senior level. Suriname went wide of the upright from a header taken by Galgyto Talea in the 91st minute.
The final score Guyana 2 Suriname 0.
Guyana – 01 Alex Murray,30 Solomon Austin, 16 Joshua Browne,21 Colin Nelson,08 Travis Grant, 18 Kester Jacobs, 23 Eon Alleyne, 17 Vurlon Mills, 11 Gregory Richardson,10 Dwight Peters, 04 Quincey Adams
Subs -22 Alywn Mc Donald, 03 Linden Pickett, 15 Mark McLean, 12 Dwayne Lindie, 09 Devon Millington, 20 Trayon Bobb, 09 Daniel Wilson, 05 Trevon Lythcott, 06 Jahall Greaves, 14 Dellon Lanferman
Suriname – 01 Claydel Kohinor, 02 Miquel Darson, 03 Saverio Adenie, 04 Albert Nibte, 05 Guno Kwasi, 06 Bruce Diporedjo, 07 Mitchell Kisoor, 08 Enzo Senkye, 09 Milton Pinas, 10RpxeyFer, 11 Evani Esperance
Subs – 12 Galgyto Talea, 14 Jual Pengel, 15 Yvanildo Miesidjan, 22 Sercinio Profijit
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