GUYANA’S COMEBACK

Guyana midfielder Elliot Bonds (4) and Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Leston Paul (23) battle for control of the ball during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
Associated Press/Colin E. Braley, file

CONCACAF said on March 31 that the final matches of the March slate of the First Round of World Cup Qualifying (WCQ) for Qatar 2022 began with Guyana bouncing back from a qualification-opening defeat against Trinidad and Tobago with a 4-0 victory against the Bahamas on March 30 at the Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

“Terence Vancooten’s goal in the eighth minute was the only thing separating the teams after 45 minutes, but Guyana was able to wear down the Bahamas and take control in the second half,” CONCACAF said.

It said Kadell Daniel doubled the lead in the 54th minute, and Omari Glasgow put in the third in the 75th minute, his first goal for the Golden Jaguars.

CONCACAF said Emery Welshman then found the net in the 81st minute to cap the victory.

“With the win, Guyana can hold onto hope of advancing from Group F,” it said. “The Bahamas, with two defeats in March, still hang on to an outside shot but will need victories in June against Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago, and have other results go their way.”

CONCACAF said Belize notched its first win of the cycle, beating Turks and Caicos Islands, 5-0.

It said Carlos Bernardez scored just before the end of the first half and then did so again in the second, with a goal in the 48th minute, widening the margin after halftime substitute Jesse August had scored in the 47th minute.

CONCACAF said Deshawon Nembhard added a goal of his own in the 81st minute, and Deon McCaulay “pounced on a rebound and put it in for a stoppage-time tally to take the final score to 5-0.”

El Salvador’s Lizandro Claros, center, goes for the ball challenged by Haiti’s Dutherson Clerveaux during a Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying championship soccer match in Guadalajara, Mexico, Thursday, March 25, 2021.  Associated Press /Fernando Llano

Belize closed out qualification against Nicaragua in June, while Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) meet Haiti, CONCACAF said.

It said St. Vincent and the Grenadines also found their first win of WCQ, getting a 3-0 result against the British Virgin Islands on March 30.

CONCACAF said Richmond Kickers talisman Oalex Anderson got the scoring started early with a 10th-minute goal, and just 11 minutes later it was Zidane Sam getting on the scoresheet.

Four minutes after coming into the match, CONCACAF said substitute Azinho Solomon “put the game out of reach for BVI and ensured the Vincy Heat victory party could begin with an 86th-minute strike.”

CONCACAF said a 33rd-minute goal from Saydrel Lewis was the difference as Grenada beat the US Virgin Islands (USVI).

It’s the first victory for the Spice Boyz under the guidance of former Canada assistant Michael Findlay, CONCACAF said.

“They’ll look to build on that momentum when they head to Antigua and Barbuda and close out qualification against Montserrat with Group A still anyone’s to claim,” it said. “That goes for the USVI as well, though they’ll need wins against Montserrat and El Salvador, and results to go their way, to keep the prospect of Qatar in play.”

CONCACAF said Barbados and Anguilla looked to be headed for a stalemate until the Bajan Tridents were able to take advantage of a “set piece” in the 81st minute.

“Ryan Trotman, making his first start for Russel Latapy’s men, put in the service, and Emile Saimovici leapt to win the ball and head in the decisive goal of the match,” it said.

CONCACAF said the result keeps Barbados’ hope of topping Group D in play, with a visit to the Dominican Republic and a home date with Dominica on the docket for June, while Anguilla continues WCQ play against Dominica and Panama.

Bermuda earned a victory against Aruba, with Kane Crichlow scoring twice in a 5-0 victory at the IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, Florida, CONCACAF said.

It said Crichlow opened and closed the scoring with goals in the 36th and 80th minutes, “with Jaylon Bather, Dante Leverock and Knory Scott netting in between.”

CONCACAF said Bermuda next travels to meet Suriname before closing qualification against the Cayman Islands, while Aruba plays the Cayman Islands and Canada.

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