MJPA: Puerto Rico 5 Venezuela 0 x2|
February 17, 2005
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8th Men's Pan American Junior Championships Havana, Cuba - February 16 to 27, 2005
By Graciela H. Ortiz, PAHF Media Officer
Puerto Rico 5 Venezuela 0
In the last match of the day, Puerto Rico trounced Venezuela 5-0.
In a first half full of imprecisions and defensive mistakes, Puerto Rico was the team who committed less mistakes to go to the break leading 2-0.
Puerto Rico atacked from the start producing the best advances. Then, they took the lead - in the 22nd minute - through Ottus Feliciano, to clinch a 2-0 advantage, seven minutes later, by Omar Márquez.
Ten minutes before half-time, Venezuela moved from defence reaching their rival area but without harming Puerto Rico.
After half-time Venezuela controlled better Puerto Rico's fast attacks, specially through their strikers Jonathan Cruz and Víctor León. Between the back row and the excellent performance by keeper Michael Rico (who replaced Ronald Quiñones in the second half), Venezuela stopped the dangerous Puerto Rican advances.
It seemed that the match was sealed, but Puerto Rico continued struggling to net the third, in the 61st minute, through Manuel Colón.
Finally, Angel Figueras netted the 4-0 scoring from a powerful penalty corner shot, two minutes before the final whistle and, in the last minute, Ottus Feliciano sealed the final 5-0 score.
Puerto Rico: González; Figueras, Márquez, Rivera, Feliciano; Colón, Basora, Rodríguez; Feliciano and León. Also played: W. Maldonado, Ortiz, F. Maldonado and Fernández. Coach: Carlos Ríos.
Venezuela: Quiñones; Lizardi, Gutiérrez, Galavis, Jones; Guilarte, Kaiser, Serrano; Tovar, Gamboa and Kaiser. Also played: Rodríguez, Tuset and Alvizu. Coach: José Luis Martínez.
Umpires: Marc Knule (France) and Kim Hong Lae (Korea).
A colourful and bright opening ceremony took place before the last match of the day.
To the harmony of the Pinos Nuevos Dance Group - featuring 23 professional dancers, which performed typical Cuban dances - joined 80 flag bearers of the Cuban Physical Education Institute showed their skills after the traditional parade of the delegations.
The Vice-president of the National Sports Institute (INDER) Angel Iglesias, the Member of the State Council and 1st Vice-president of the INDER Cristián Jiménez, the INDER Provincial Director Carlos González and the Cuban Hockey Federation José Manuel González Cortina alongside America's CDO of the PAHF and FIH Jorge Querejeta and member of the International Hockey Federation and Tournament Director Alberto Budeisky, both from Argentina.
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