PROVIDENCE, Guyana — Alpha United defeated Inter Moengotapoe for the first-ever time in six tries, posting a 3-0 victory in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship’s Group 1 opener on Wednesday at the Guyana National Stadium.
Daniel Wilson gave the host first-half lead, before the impressive strike duo of Gregory Richardson and Kithson Bain netted once apiece after the break.
The Surinamese power had won each of the five previous meetings, including their last encounter, 1-0, in 2012 at the same venue.
Wilson broke a scoreless stalemate in 27th minute, when his shot off a pass from Bain sailed beyond goalkeeper Obrendo Huiswoud.
At the stroke of halftime, Richardson had a chance to increase the advantage, but his right-footed effort was energetically thwarted by Huiswoud, who came off his line.
Richardson, though, would not be denied nine minutes of the second half. Panamanian midfielder Manuel Vargas weaved his way into the final third down the right side to unleash a fierce left-footed attempt that was blocked by Obrendo. The ball rebounded into Richardson’s path at the top of the six-yard box and, even though he was hemmed in by two defenders, the 32-year-old forward was able to head the ball past Obrendo to make it 2-0.
After fluffing a few opportunities, Bain was keen to get his name on the scoresheet and finally did so in the 90th minute.
“Well there are a few things that need working on as we go back to the drawing board,” said Alpha United head coach Wayne Dover. “Finishing is a situation that has plagued us, but it’s good to see that we hit the net three times. There were still a number of chances that we should have converted and that is an area we’ll work on.
“We will try our best to strengthen our central midfield, which is an area we need to secure for the next game.”
The Hammer returns to action on Sunday against Central FC, two days after Inter Moengotapoe faces the Trinidadian squad.