Bajans fall to Guyana
THE POST-Norman Forde, John Parris era started on a losing note for Barbados’ senior football team in Guyana Friday night.
The restructured Colin “Potato” Forde-coached side gave a spirited display before going down 1-0 to the Guyanese at the McKenzie Sports Club in Linden through a late second-half goal in injury time from an inswinging corner.
It was the first of two friendly internationals in preparation for their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign. The second match is scheduled for the Guyana National Stadium tonight.
With the selectors not inviting former captains Norman Forde and Parris, who both have over 100 caps, or experienced goalkeeper Adrian Chase or Romelle Burgess to national training, a fairly inexperienced side has been assembled.
However, all the starters, including recalled Paradise goalkeeper Jason Boxhill who was preferred to Gall Hill’s Omari Eastmond, had previously represented the senior team at some stage of their career.
Forde made five substitutions in the second half with BDF pair Jason Lovell and Steven Griffith and Notre Dame midfielder Renaldo Gilkes getting their first taste of senior national football.
Starting line-up (subs in brackets): Jason Boxhill, Barry Skeete, Jonathan Straker (Jason Lovell), Omar Archer, Carl Joseph, Renaldo Marquez (Renaldo Gilkes), Jeffrey Williams, Maradona Lavine (Jamal Chandler), Curtis Odle (Steven Griffith), Mario Harte, Riviere Williams (Raheem Sargeant).