Guyana put another 'licking' on BVI
Guyana slipped a baker's dozen past British Virgin Islands (BVI) Thursday evening in Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-17 World Cup qualifying, their 13-0 bashing of the Islanders keeping the "Young Jaguars'" hopes of progressing to the CONCACAF round alive.
At Ato Boldon Stadium in Balmain, Couva, Guyana thumped in six goals in the first half and added another seven in the second period in a match they were expected to win comfortably.
Six goals came from the boot of striker Franklyn Parks, while diminutive right winger Jermaine Fletcher started the scoring in the fourth minute on the way to registering a beaver-trick to help Guyana to a hearty advantage by the break—including three goals in the first period—to ensure BVI had few comfortable moments.
Mark Wrong was also accurate from the penalty spot in the first half, while Steffon Enoe and Kareem Knights also found goal.
BVI showed a little more confidence in this encounter as compared to their 23-0 thrashing by Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday at Hasely Crawford Stadium, when they tried to maintain a high backline but virtually never got forward into an attacking position.
The two reasons for that confidence might have been that Guyana offered them a little space and that goalkeeper Akeem Pope, who put up woeful performances in both matches, was finally substituted late in the first half for the markedly better Stephan Salmon after six goals, including a Fletcher hat-trick (4th, 34th, 48th minutes), wounded BVI.
In the second half BVI then became a bit better in defence and even tried a few unsuccessful raids on the Guyana goal.
Still, the goals came. As he had done in the first period, Parks initiated second half scoring from close range, while Enoe helped himself to a loose ball from 17 metres.
Fletcher joined in with his nifty footwork for his fourth item and Knights ended a solo run with a goal, before Parks' two late goals closed out the scoring.
Guyana will clash with hosts T&T at Hasely Crawford Stadium today from 7 p.m., while BVI face Suriname at the same venue from 5 p.m.
Guyana 13 (Franklyn Parks 4th, 34th, 48th, 68th, 87th, 90th; Jermaine Fletcher 23th, 26th, 28th, 59th; Mark Wrong 29th [P]; Steffon Enoe 58th; Kareem Knights 76th) vs BVI 0