Guyana suffered another defeat on the second day of the Men’s Indoor Pan-American Championship, this time to Canada by an 11-3 margin of Pool A in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.
The men’s team first loss at the tournament came at the hands of Argentina who won that game 2-0. In the game against Canada, as in the match against Argentina, the Guyanese team failed to convert their chances from the penalty spots.
In the first match of the day, Canada and Guyana started the match fighting for possession. Five minutes into the match, Canada received the first penalty corner and scored off it to take the 1-0 lead. A few minutes later, Canada scored again, this time off a field goal, to go ahead of Guyana 2-0. Canada then scored two quick goals, both off long shots from the left; giving them a four goal lead over Guyana.
However, Guyana continued to play strong and received a penalty corner, but could not convert it. With minutes remaining in the first half, Canada received penalty corners that were blocked by Guyana’s defence but finally converted one to go ahead 5-0 at half-time.
Canada maintained its strong scoring momentum from the first half of the game and scored in the first minute of the second half. With 15 minutes remaining, Canada scored 7-0. However Guyana did not let up and quickly scored its first goal of the match.
Canada came back with another quick goal of its own. Canada scored again, but Guyana again came back to make it 9-2 off a penalty corner goal with five minutes remaining. Guyana maintained its passion and scored its third goal of the game.
But, despite playing a more even second half, Canada came away with a big first tournament win.
In other matches Trinidad and Tobago defeated Mexico 4-0 in a Pool B match-up while Argentina registered their second win of the tournament against Venezuela 8-1.