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Guatemala improve hopes

Published:Thursday | January 15, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer

Guatemala improved their chances of qualifying from Group A in the CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship, following yesterday's 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago at the National Stadium, as they moved to seven points from three games.

Guatemala took the lead by virtue of the own goal, when Trinidad's defender Martieon Watson passed a ball back to his keeper which was poorly read, and the mix-up between the two ended in the back of the net, for the 25th minute opener.

Forward Kevin Bordon finished off the Caribbean team's hopes with a beautiful 89th minute strike, which gifted his team three more valuable points.

The Central Americans, while not playing with the most flair, have been efficient enough to put away their chances at the right time.

Meanwhile, the United States climbed to four points and restored hope courtesy of an easy 8-0 rout over bottom-placed Aruba, which have not had a single point on the board in their three games.


Forward Romain Gall scored a hat-trick in 16th, 23rd and 32nd minutes, while Thomas Thompson (27th), Bradford Jamieson (19th, 48th) and Emerson Hyndman's (30th) rounded out the goal fest for the Americans, who moved to four points from three games. Aruba's Martieon Watson (25th) netted an own goal. They have scored nine goals so far, while conceding twice.

At press time, the Young Reggae Boyz were tackling Panama in the late match. Panama were the leaders with six points going into yesterday's fixtures, while Jamaica started out with one point.