Gleofilo Vlijter scored a late winner, his second of the match, as Suriname claimed a 2-1 victory over Dominica at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium in the CONCACAF Nations League on Thursday.
Dominica, riding on the heels of a 4-0 victory over Bahamas in their last outing were pegged back early as Suriname opened the scoring in the 7th minute of play.
Dominica then grew into the game and equalized in the 22nd minute through the boot of Antherne Frederick.
At half time the two teams were locked at 1-1.
There were many chances in the second half for both teams but it was the Suriname team who held their nerves and scored their second of the day [90’+1] to take the 2-1 win.
Coach of the Suriname National Team, Dean Gorré says his team worked very hard for the victory. “The boys worked really hard. I think it was an even match. We had more chances but at the end of the day whoever scores the most goals is the winner and thankfully today we got the two goals and Dominica got one,” he said.
Gorré’s men dominated the second half of play with quite a number of shorts on target, but with the scores leveled at 1-1 and the Dominica team dangerous on the break the Suriname coach said anything could have happened at that time.
“When the scores were leveled, I thought it was a fantastic movement from Dominica, well played, good pass, good finishing and then they were back in the game…so we didn’t enjoy the 1-0 as much as we wanted, but when the scores were leveled it was a really hard game, we had to work hard to get the chances and thankfully we got the 2-1.”
He further added that the scores could have gone either way. “On the break, Dominica looked like something was going to happen and our defence wasn’t concentrating enough to start with, but gradually we did better.”
Meanwhile, Dominica Head Coach, Rajesh Latchoo, says he was very disappointed with the second half from his team. “Suriname wanted the game more than us as I told the players. I’m very disappointed with the second half performance because we lay down and die and normally we known for a team that’s very physical and we fight till the end and the last minute, even the time we gave up the goal, that’s ridiculous and the players accept responsibility for that because they on the field.
Latchoo was also disappointed in some of the substitutions that were made. He said “I was disappointed because the lack of effort, they did not show up and they put more strain on the team and with Briel [Thomas] getting the knock on his foot, the midfield was thin and we had already made the three changes, but we have to take responsibility for that,”
Dominica will now move on to face St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Sunday.