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Ricky Shakes goal helps fire Guyana through to next stage of World Cup qualifying

Ricky Shakes
Ricky Shakes

by Steve Tervet

A Ricky Shakes goal helped fire Guyana through to the next stage of 2014 World Cup qualifying as they beat Trinidad & Tobago on Friday night.

The Ebbsfleet United winger, winning his third cap for the Golden Jaguars, netted on 10 minutes to give his country the perfect side in Georgetown.

Charlton's Leon Cort made it 2-0 nine minutes from time and although Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones pulled a goal back in stoppage-time, Guyana held on for an historic win.

They have won Group B of the North, Central America & Caribbean qualifying section and now go through to a semi-final group which also features Mexico, Costa Rica and El Salvador.

Shakes, 26, made his international debut for Trinidad in a friendly against Iceland in 2006, the year in which the Soca Warriors starred at the World Cup finals in Germany.

However, the winger's father was born in Guyana, meaning he was eligible to change international allegiance.

Shakes and Guyana travel to Port-of-Spain for the return fixture against Trinidad on Tuesday in what is now a dead rubber.

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