Guyana won to keep alive their chances of qualifying for the finals of the Digicel Caribbean Cup when they defeated St. Vincent and The Grenadines 2-0 in their closing Group F encounter at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella on Saturday
The situation going into this evenings fixtures was if Haiti was to lose versus T&T and Guyana beat St. Vincent, there would be a tie for 2nd place which requires use of the tie-breakers which would be:
1. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches;
2. Least number of goals allowed between the teams in question;
3. Drawing of lots.
After a less than entertaining first half the Golden Juguars took the lead in the 62nd minute when Anthony Abrahams sent Devon Millington through on goal, he kept his composure to beat the Vincentian goalkeeper Kenyan Lynch from close range.
The goal brought the game to life and St.Vincent responded almost immediately after going behind. They had a very good chance to equalize through Cornelius Stewart but he was denied by a top class save from Ronson Williams in goal for Guyana. Williams has been a very good performer for the entire tournament.
However in football missed opportunities like this can cost you dearly and such was the case as Guyana doubled their lead in the 76th minute when Sean Cameron controlled a cross from the right and buried the ball into the back of the net to put Guyana 2-0 ahead. There was no way back for St. Vincent after this. Guyana were strong enough at the back to finish with a clean sheet.
Guyana were then left hoping that T&T will do them a favour with heavy victory over Haiti in the evening’s second match.
Speaking after the match Guyana’s coach Wayne Dover said he was happy with the victory but disappointed with the fact that they did not score the three goals that would have guaranteed qualification to the Finals with a Trinidad and Tobago victory over Haiti. “We were happy with the victory but I was hoping we would get the win by three goals which would have more or less guaranteed us a spot in the Finals if Trinidad defeats Haiti in the second match. Overall this tournament got us some good exposure and allowed us to see what level we’re at,” Dover said.
St Vincent and the Grenadines coach Samuel Carrington was obviously disappointed that his team failed to get at least a point from the three matches. “We’re a little disappointed but it’s also a learning process. I thought we got better with every match and that’s a good sign for us. We can now build on the experience gained in this year’s Digicel Caribbean Cup and take it forward for the World Cup qualifiers for 2014,” Carrington added