Victories for Guyana, Trinidad

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Jamaica Gleaner

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, August 17 (Reuters):

The 1969 Quadrangular soccer series between teenaged players from Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada opened here yesterday afternoon with victories for Guyana and Trinidad against Barbados and Grenada, respectively.

The tournament opened on a very sticky ground at the Georgetown Football Club, Bourda.

In the Guyana-Barbados match, the islanders struck the first blow with a goal by David Workman in the 20th minute off a rebound from a shot by Michael Seale.

Guyana who had earlier missed three goal attempts eventually got the equalizer through Arthur who beat two Barbadian defenders to blast in a goal from close in. At half time the score was 1-1.

Immediately on resumption the Guyanese lads turned on the heat and within a three-minute period they scored twice to rush away to 3-1.

Scorers were Michael Pierre who received a nice pass from Arthur and beat the Barbadian goalkeeper all ends up, and then Birkett scored with a straight shot.

The Barbadians struggled valiantly on the rain-sodden ground and scored once more but could not again penetrate the Guyana defence and lost the match 2-3.

In the second game, Trinidad beat the Grenadians 2-1, with both the Trinidadians' goals coming from the boot of diminutive Danny Williams.

The first half was slow with both teams finding much difficulty on the soft slippery surface.

After Trinidad got their first goal the side livened up but muffed many scoring opportunities.

The Grenadians, though not playing as constructively as their opponents, fought all the way and were rewarded with their lone goal when Trinidad's goal keeper Richard Sutherland attempted to roll the ball to his forwards but found only the boot of Grenada's Oswald Sitney who took a long shot and caught Sutherland stranded outside his goal.