Branford, Dannett, Assanah deliver opening win for Guyana 

CAC Games….

A stunning come-from-behind effort by Guyana’s male hockey team got them off to a winning start in the ongoing Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) in Colombia yesterday. 

The Guyanese collected their maximum three points after defeating the Dominican Republic 3-1 in their pool B encounter.

They had trailed 0 – 1 after only the second minute of play when Francisco Garcia scored. 

Guyana then had to endure 37 minutes until Aroydy Branford found the equalising strike in the third quarter to leave the score 1-1. 

Marvin Dannett then sent Guyana ahead 10 minutes later before Jamarj Assanah netted in the 50th minute to give Guyana the 3-1 margin win.  

Powerhouse Trinidad and Tobago also collected a win on the day, defeating Cuba 2-1 in their Pool B match while Barbados bested Jamaica 1-0 in the other match in that pool and Mexico edged Guatemala 1-0 in pool B. 

 Guyana will next face Mexico tomorrow. A win in that match will almost certainly land them a place in the semis. Meanwhile, the women’s team, needing a win, will come up against Cuba today after both teams lost their opening encounters. 

 In squash, Guyana’s number one female squash player, Mary Fung – A – Fat, endured despair yesterday in Colombia after she was defeated by Mexican Samantha Teran in the quarter-finals of the female singles at the ongoing Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC). 

Teran, who is the tournament’s top-seeded player, won the match 11-5, 11-1, 11-3 to oust the Guyanese Fung – A – Fat. 

In the men’s category, Guyanese duo Sunil Seth and Jason – Ray Khalil, who won their first-round matches, failed to advance to the quarterfinals after ending second-round defeats Friday evening. 

Seth went down against Mexican Arturo Salazar 11-5, 11-3, 11-5 while Khalil was defeated by Salazar’s countryman Cesar Salazar 11-5, 11-2, 11-3. 

Guyana will now try their fortunes in doubles category in a bid to leave the tournament with a medal. —

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