(ABOVE) Eon Alleyne (left) and Sheldon Holder (right) each scored in Guyana's 2-0 win over visiting St. Lucia in an international friendly on March 22, 2015, in Providence
PROVIDENCE, Guyana – Guyana scored once in each half to defeat visiting St. Lucia 2-0 in an international friendly on Sunday at the Guyana National Stadium.
St. Lucia won by the same score in the sides’ last meeting on September 5, 2014, in the Caribbean Cup.
Goals from Eon Alleyne and Sheldon Holder on either side of halftime provided the margin of victory for the Guyanese, who have scored two goals in each of their two matches this year. They drew 2-2 at Barbados last month.
The host went ahead 1-0 in 34th minute thanks to solid build-up play on the right between the tandem of Vurlon Mills and Daniel Wilson. As a result, Alleyne was able to fire past St. Lucia’s custodian Randy Poleon off Wilson’s pinpoint feed.
Sheldon Holder sealed the encounter four minutes after the break with his second goal in as many games, breaching the St. Lucian defense and beating Poleon.
“We could have seen bits and pieces of what we want to see for Guyana’s football,” said Golden Jaguars head coach Jamaal Shabazz. “I think it was so important for us to win tonight, not for us, we are very serious about our football, it was for the fans, corporate Guyana, the politicians and for everybody to see that we are very serious.”
Guyana will look to remain unbeaten in 2015, when it welcomes Grenada to the same venue on March 29 for another friendly.