A robust but not too disciplined performance from Guyana’s Under-20 ‘Junior Jaguars’ still produced an accepted 2-0 win over an ultra defensive US Virgin Islands outfit, Guyana’s third win in as many matches of the Concacaf Under-20 Qualifying competition, Group A
at the Nicaragua National Football Stadium in Managua. Nicaragua on Friday night last.
The young Guyanese had to play smart and if they had followed their coach’s instructions throughout the encounter, the score line could have been even wider, according to Head Coach, Wayne Dover.
The USVI lads kept the Guyanese at bay for the entire first half, the ‘Junior Jaguars’ not following instructions: “Our game against USVI was a very difficult game because they made it so for us by sitting very deep and refused to come forward. It was the kind of game we expected, but didn’t expect them to not offer anything in offence. It was tough trying to break them down. The instructions given to our players during the first half after the first 20 minutes were never implemented.”
It was do or die in the second half for the Guyanese and the deadlock was finally broken in the 54th minute when Omari Glasgow rocked the back of the nets with his third goal in as many matches for Guyana.
The insurance goal was tucked in by Captain Nicholas Mc Arthur five minutes later from the penalty mark, his fourth goal of the tournament. Glasgow was brought down in the area.
Dover explained the play for the second half: “At the break, I instructed the players to play box in very close to each other in the offensive third. To play combinations to open them and create scoring opportunities, which was done and Omari Glasgow opened the scoring with a well taken left foot volley.
We continued over the next few minutes and Glasgow was brought down in the penalty box which resulted in a penalty for us which was taken and converted by the Captain Nicholas Mc Arthur to take the score to 2-0.”
Guyana, unlike the other teams competing are only doing so with 15-players after five (5) were denied entry to Nicaragua due to issues with their yellow fever cards.
After enjoying a good spell of dominance which brought the two goals, the lack of focus by the lads again propped up.
“After that spell strangely they went away from playing close to each other and made it difficult again to continue scoring goals. However, we got the win and it put us to nine points and one win away from topping the group to qualify for the championship in June.”
Guyana will close out it quest to qualify with a tough match against the host nation today at the same venue, Dover looks ahead: “Sunday’s game against the host nation will definitely be our toughest. Nicaragua is a very good team. We’ll have to be very disciplined during the game for 90 plus minutes and score our chances and win the game which we can do. Despite playing at home and having the home support behind them, our boys will do a great battle like in the other games for the win, as that’s the only way we could make it to the top of the group.”
Latest Group A Point’s Table
Country G W D L GF GA +/- Pts
Nicaragua 3 3 0 0 14 0 14 9
Guyana 3 3 0 0 11 0 11 9
Saint Vincent 3 1 0 2 5 6 -1 3
Virgin Is. 3 0 1 2 1 11 -10 1
Montserrat 4 0 1 3 2 16 -14 1
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