Guyana open DCC group B with solid win over Dominica – While Suriname beat Dominica in Digicel Caribbean Chapionships? Group B 2nd game
The Lights at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence was christened in grand style over the weekend when the ?Golden Jaguars? proved to be too strong for Dominica winning 3-0 in the opening game of group B in the 2008 Digicel Caribbean Championship (DCC).
Leading the victory charge for the Guyanese team was 2006/7 DCC leading goal scorer and T&T Pro League player Nigel ?Powers? Codrington who blasted a double while debutant Glenorvan Edmonds also made his debut a memorable one by scoring the other goal.
The visitors (Dominica) never looked threatening as the Jaguars took control of their territory in commanding style as they dictated the pace of the game by holding on to the ball with multiple passes from the left to the right side among the defenders and midfield.
Dominica tried their best to get into a rhythm but were allowed to do so by the Guyanese.
As the game progressed the home team began to build momentum and started to dominate proceedings with a few bright buildups in the Dominica half of play.
The opening goal came after 20 minutes and it was a fierce right foot shot from Codrington that rocketed into the roof of the net off the pass from Walter Moore who played a midfield role rather than his usual defensive position.
Also making debuts were defender Kestor Jacobs who plays with Neal & Massey Caledonia AIA in the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League and local based Devon Millington who plays with Western Tigers.
After the opening goal the Guyanese began to assert themselves even more by controlling the flow of the game and created lots of space to work the ball around.
All along the debutants, Jacobs and Edmonds were looking more and more confident playing alongside seasoned campaigners, Captain, Charles Pollard, Howard Lowe, Collie Hercules, Codrington Moore and Konata Mannings.
Edmonds looked comfortable in midfield and made some enterprising runs forward. He made his presence felt in no uncertain terms when he blasted a neat pass from Codrington past Dominica?s goalkeeper and captain Glenson Prince in the 36th minute, a big moment for the young player in front of his home fans.
Seven minutes later, the hungry and lurking Codrington, powered in his second goal which handed Guyana a 3-0 advantage. He clinically finished off a pass from fellow strike partner Dwight Peters in the 43rd minute.
The second half did not produce many anxious moments as Dominica did not allow the Jaguars to be as dominant as they were in the first half.
The home team too, was guilty of being too laid back and were not pressing forward with any urgency. Codrington had the opportunity of hitting a hat trick when he was given the opportunity of shooting a penalty after Dwight Peters was brought down in the box.
His shot was parried away to the right side by Prince who enjoyed a very good game between the uprights despite the score line.
Hercules too, missed out on the chance to add his name to the score sheet when he missed a sitter in the box following another enterprising run by Moore down the left side. His square pass was missed by Hercules.
Dominica had a few good raids on the Jaguars? goal. One such attempt was kicked off the line by the alert Guyanese captain Pollard with about five minutes to game time.
When the final whistle was sounded, the score read, Guyana 3, Dominica 0.
MEANWHILE – Suriname defeated the 10-man Dominica 3-1 to set up a final match showdown with hosts Guyana to decide which of the two moves into the next round of the DCC.
The group B encounter took place at the Providence Stadium, the second floodlight game at this venue. Dominica started bright against the Dutch team who would have good memories of this venue having defeated Guyana in their return second round World Cup qualifying match.
Having lost their opening encounter in the group to Guyana, Dominica came out with guns blazing against Suriname, a tactic that brought the desired results.
After a mere 7 minutes into the game Prince Austrie finished off a promising run with a well shot past the usually efficient Ronny Aloema. The goal brought renewed vigor to Dominica who continued to press forward.
Suriname on the other hand was just getting into a rhythm which was not good news for Dominica who were not able to enjoy the lead for too long. In the 18th minute, and another of their frequent raids on Dominica?s defense, a Surinamese striker was brought down and a penalty was awarded.
Captain Marlon Felter stepped up for the shot and sent his opposite number and goal keeper Glenson Prince the wrong way.
The Dominicans who had still looked very purposeful, suffered a major setback when in the 20th minute, Imran Gage was given marching orders by Barbadian Referee Trevor Taylor for serious foul play against an opposing player. Losing a man at this point in the game was a major setback for Dominica as Suriname found much more space to control the flow of the game, which they did admirably. But, Dominica was able to limit the scoring to 1-1 by the end of the first half.
It was going to be difficult for Dominica to contain the offensive minded Surinamese for any lengthy period but they did try. Goal number 2 was netted in the 54th minute by Clifton Sanduvliet with the sealer coming in the 84th minute compliments of a powerful left foot shot by Ferdinand Jap-a-Joe in the 81st minute.
Dominica had a few exciting moments of their own in the second half and missed a golden chance to tie the game at 2 from the penalty spot but Paul Victor placed the ball way over the bar in the 73rd minute effectively ending their chance of coming back.