CAYENNE, French Guiana – A second half penalty conversion from Azinho Solomon helped Saint Vincent and the Grenadines earn a 1-0 victory over French Guiana to open Matchday 2 of 2019/20 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying on Thursday night at the Stade Municipal Dr. Edmard Lama in Cayenne.
Following a 2-0 at home to Nicaragua on Matchday 1, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines’ record in the CNL now stands at 1W-0D-1L, 3 points, with the win.
After Thursday’s result, combined with its 5-0 Matchday 1 win at Anguilla, French Guiana’s record is also 1W-0D-1L, 3 points.
The visitors enjoyed a solid start and had a pair of early looks but was unable to find the target. Les Yana Dokos also mustered a chance midway through the half but saw a header miss wide.
An error from the French Guiana defense on the hour mark would prove to be decisive, as a mis-hit back pass from Gregory Lescot allowed Chevin Cunningham to swoop in and steal the ball.
The Saint Vincent and Grenadines FW was then taken down by French Guiana GK Donovan Leon in the area, resulting in a penalty.
A minute later Solomon stepped up and coolly slotted home a left-footed shot to give Vincy Heat the 1-0 advantage.
From there the Saint Vincent and Grenadines defense anchored by GK Kevan Henry took over and snuffed out any French Guiana chances to seal the three points.