CONCACAF U-17 Championships
The Guyanese National Under-17 team suffered a crushing 4-0 defeat as they made their debut in the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship Wednesday.
This is the first time that Guyana are participating in CONCACAF’s Under-17 men’s championships, having participated at the Under-15 and Under-20 levels.
From the 20-man strong team which set off for Florida on Monday last, Marcus Wilson (Captain); Shawn Adonis; Jermaine Padmore; Nicholai Andrews; Shannon Samnauth; Tyrel Khan; Jemar Harrigon; William Vaughan; Orville Daniels; Omari Glasgow and Ronaldo Rodrigues were the starting eleven against the usually skilled El Salvador.
The Guyanese squad, which has been going through rigorous training for quite some time, could not find the formula to challenge the Central Americans when they met at the IMG Academy stadium on Wednesday morning. The young team’s strength was previously displayed after they defeated Senior Elite League team Den Amstel 2-1 in a practice match. But on this occasion, the opposing side was too much for the youths.
The Guyanese found themselves one down in the early stages of the game after El Salvador’s Kevin Roman Linares beat the goalkeeper in the 16th minute. On the other hand, Guyana could not capitalise on any of their opportunities, allowing their opponents to hold on to the lead going into the second half.
At this stage, El Salvador added insult to injury as Captain Emerson Saul connected his first goal in the 59th minute and another in the 67th. His brace was punctuated by a goal from Luis Vasquez in the 64th minute, which carried El Salvador to a four- goal tally.
Guyana made no reply, as every attempt found the capable hand of the goal’s custodian.
The Guyanese Under-17 team will play their next CONCACAF match on May 3, they will be coming up against Honduras at 16:00h. Guyana was drawn in Group C with El Salvador, Haiti and Honduras.