WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Guyana picked up a 1-0 win over Aruba to kick off action in Group C of League B in the Concacaf Nations League group stage on Friday night at the Ergilio Hato Stadium in Willemstad, Curacao.
Aruba began the match with the better offensive opportunities, but Guyanese goalkeeper Akel Clarke had an answer for every attempt.
The visitors would open the scoring after Kelsey Benjamin found space on the right flank before eventually finding Sheldon Holder inside the box in the 22nd minute.
Holder’s score marked his eighth international goal for the Guyana national team.
Aruba’s best opportunity in the second half came off a corner in the 74th minute as Nickenson Paul’s header would be denied by the top post.
Paul would make a defensive stop minutes later to deny Neil Danns from extending Guyana’s lead.
Danns would generate another good opportunity in the 82nd minute, but his feet would let him down as he tripped inside the box and Aruba goalkeeper Matthew Lentink collected the ball.
Aruba earned a free kick opportunity in stoppage time, but Gregor Breinburg shot was punched away by Clarke, securing the three points for Guyana.