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Guyana 2 Bermuda 1Bermuda will return home empty-handed after losing their second successive 2014 World Cup qualifier against Guyana at Providence Stadium last night.

The visitors conceded twice in quick succession early in the second half to leave themselves with a proverbial mountain to climb to claw themselves back into the game.

Credit to Devarr Boyles' side who finished strongly with skipper Khano Smith providing them with a glimmer of hope when he struck with a trademark left-footed piledriver in the final minute.

But in truth the hosts, who now top Group B with maximum points from their opening two games, could have won by a greater margin and dictated the match for long periods.

If Guyana's 50th minute opener had an element of luck to it, with Vurlon Mills' shot from a seemingly impossibly acute angle taking a deflection en route to goal, there was nothing fortuitous about their second.

The blame for that goal, nine minutes later, can be laid firmly at Bermuda's door with their sometimes shaky-looking defence failing to clear their lines before the ball eventually bobbled its way to Mills who smashed in his second of the night.

Conceding again so soon seemed to take the wind out of Bermuda's sails and had it not been for the smart reflexes of Hall, who reeled off two fine saves, Guyana could have extended their advantage.

Bermuda eventually regained some composure and actually finished the stronger of the two teams although they rarely troubled the Guyana goalkeeper, resorting to long range attempts for the most part.

It was from one such effort that Smith hit the underside of the crossbar with a cross-come-shot midway through second-half.

That there was a cricket wicket running through the middle of the Providence Stadium pitch certainly didn't make life any easier for the visitors, who struggled to find any cohesion to their passing play.

However, they can have no complaints with the result and were perhaps slightly fortunate to have headed into the interval on level terms.

Guyana certainly had the better of the first half, twice heading against the crossbar, but it was Bermuda who were gift-wrapped the first opportunity in the shape of a suicidal pass defensive pass. The chief beneficiary of Guyana's sloppiness was Nahki Wells who intercepted the loose ball on the edge of the area but snatched at his shot, which was easily saved by the goalkeeper.

At the other end, Bermuda were displaying some nervousness of their own and survived a scare when a Guyana striker planted a header firmly against the crossbar from a cross from the left.

Hearts were in mouths again moments later when another header cannoned off Hall's crossbar much to the relief of the Bermuda defence who were struggling to cope with the forceful running of the hosts' wingers.

Guyana certainly weren't having it all their own way, though, with Smith creating Bermuda's best chance of the half just before the interval.

It was almost a carbon-copy of Bermuda's opening goal against Trinidad three years ago with Smith slinging over a low cross to the near post, but this time John Barry Nusum just couldn't quite find the finish.

Bermuda, who are third place in Group B with no points, are next in action against Trinidad on October 7 at the National Sports Centre.

Trinidad beat Barbados last night 2-0 away.

Bermuda: F Hall, S Darrell, D Tankard, K Tucker, R Lee, T Manders, S DeGraff, R Lambe (A Simmons, 68), N Wells (Maynard, 84), J Barry Nusum (Burgess, 61), K Smith

Substitutes not used: C Caisey, D Ming, L Dill, Q Maynard, J Davis, T Bell, Z Lewis, T Burgess, R Trott, A Simmons

Yellow cards: Smith, Lee

Tyrell Burgess (left) wins a header for Bermuda against Guyana at the Providence Stadium last night. Bermuda lost 2-1.

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Published September 07, 2011 at 9:45 am (Updated September 07, 2011 at 9:45 am)

Bermuda undone by Guyana

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