CONCACAF Men’s Un­der-20 Cham­pi­onship Guyana loses 4-3 to Cu­ra­cao

Stabroek News - - STARBROEK SPORT - By Dun­can Saul in Braden­ton, Florida

Guyana’s win­less run in the CONCACAF Men’s Un­der-20 Cham­pi­onship con­tin­ued yes­ter­day, go­ing down to Cu­ra­cao by a 4-3 score­line at the IMG Acad­emy in Florida, USA. Guyana’s best per­for­mance thus far in the tour­na­ment co­in­cided with Cu­ra­cao’s worst show­ing to date.

Guyana whose start­ing XI con­sisted of [GK] Ja­main Cum­ber­batch, Lionel Holder, Jeremy Gar­rett [Cap], Ce­cil Jack­man, Javier Smith, Kwai M. Brown, Raushan Ritch, Nicholas Mc Arthur, Kelsey Ben­jamin, Chris Macey and Thair Britton, recorded nine shots, three of which were on tar­get and pro­duced goals.

Cu­ra­cao fash­ioned 12 at­tempts, three of which were on tar­get. In terms of the pos­ses­sion sta­tis­tics, Guyana recorded 46 per­cent, with 165 passes com­pleted out of 211 for an ac­cu­racy rate of 78 per­cent.

On the other hand, Cu­ra­cao reg­is­tered 54 per­cent, with 249 ac­cu­rate passes from 270 at­tempted at a con­ver­sion rate of 92 per­cent.

In terms of in­ter­cep­tions, Guyana tal­lied 19 to Cu­ra­cao’s 10, with the lat­ter record­ing 23 fouls com­pared to Guyana’s 19 in­frac­tions. Mean­while in the Cor­ners sec­tion, Guyana outscored Cu­ra­cao 5-3.

Sim­i­lar to their pre­vi­ous out­ing, Guyana took the ini­tial lead un­der the bright sun­shine, as Kelsey Ben­jamin net­ted in the sev­enth minute, cut­ting in from the right side, and strik­ing his ef­fort into the back of the net.

Guyana’s lead proved to be short-lived as Carolith Fer­mina equalised three min­utes on­ward, slot­ting home into the back of the net, af­ter latch­ing onto a left side cross.

Meghon Valpoort dou­bled their lead in the 27th minute with a sim­ple tap-in from in­side the left of the six-yard box, af­ter a flicked-on pass from a right side free­kick, fell into his un­chal­lenged path.

Cu­ra­cao ex­tended their lead three min­utes later un­der for­tu­itous cir­cum­stances as a cross from the right side was in­ad­ver­tently di­rected into the left side of the goal by de­fender Jack­man.

The dom­i­nance of the Is­lan­ders be­gan to sur­face, as they strung to­gether 29 passes against the clearly shell-shocked Guyanese.

How­ever, Britton pulled one back in the dy­ing mo­ments of the first half to breathe life into Guyana.

Ben­jamin was the or­ches­tra­tor of the goal, flick­ing the ball over the on­rush­ing de­fender, be­fore slid­ing the ball across the six-yard area for the on­rush­ing Britton to bun­dle home.

The sec­ond half started poorly for the Guyanese, as Jaron Vi­cario made it 4-2 in the 56th minute, vol­ley­ing a right side cross un­chal­lenged into the left cor­ner, fol­low­ing a coun­ter­at­tack.

The sea-saw na­ture of the con­test wit­nessed Guyana re­duc­ing the deficit once more, with Britton seal­ing his dou­ble in the 58th minute, af­ter a wild clear­ance by the goal­keeper struck his body and set­tled into the left cor­ner.

The afore­said goal set up a tense fin­ish, as Guyana be­gan to throw bod­ies for­ward in search of the equaliser.

How­ever, Cu­ra­cao held out in the dy­ing mo­ments with dogged de­fend­ing to en­sure Guyana re­mains point­less and in the cel­lar po­si­tion.

Guyana will now end their cam­paign on Novem­ber 10th against El Sal­vador from 19:45hrs.

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