Guyana opened their 2019 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championships campaign with a loss to the dominant El Salvador at Puerto Vallarta Stadium in Mexico on Tuesday.
El Salvador immediately climbed to the top of Group D with an 8-4 whipping of the Guyanese squad while Guadeloupe sat second with their 7-6 triumph over Belize in the other group encounter.
The first period of the 36-minute match saw Eliodor Portillo score the tournament’s quickest goal when he found the back of the net in the first minute to put El Salvador ahead.
However, Guyana were able to draw the equaliser in the sixth minute when Shane Luckie scored. The next minute Heber Ramos regained the lead for the eventual victors. At the end of the first 12 minutes, El Salvador were ahead 2-1.
Early in the second period, Jamal Haynes found the second equaliser for Guyana when he recorded the first of his brace in the 13th minute from a free kick. Two minutes later, Exon Perdomo (15th) made it a one-possession game with the first of three quick goals by El Salvador.
Agustin Ruiz slotted the fourth while Ruben Bates netted El Salvador’s fifth goal in the 17th minute. The 17th minute was also successful for Guyana when Haynes completed his brace. The score then read 6-3.
Guyana’s Trevon Archibald accounted for the fourth goal when he scored in the 19th minute, but both Ramos and Bates scored in the 20th and 23rd minute, respectively, to complete their doubles. At the end of the second period, El Salvador led 7-4.
The final period had more relaxed play from the side that was in front, but they still managed to find a goal to complete a dominant win. Perdomo sealed his brace in the 28th minute.
Today, Guyana will face Guadeloupe in the first match of the day from 12:45h.