Cayman goes down 3-0 to Bermuda

| 17/08/2013

(CNS): Despite the home advantage in front of an almost capacity crowd at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, the Cayman Islands Under-15 team suffered its first defeat Friday night. In a game that Cayman had to win in order to secure a place in the semi-finals in the CONCACAF regional development tournament, the teen players were unable to hit the Bermuda net or keep their goals out of Cayman's, going down 3-nil. Leighton Thomas Junior also lost the top goal scoring spot of the tournament when Aruba’s Jean Pierre Van Der Linden scored six of that team’s ten goals in a 10-0 win over the US Virgin Islands, bringing his goals to 9 compared to Thomas’ 8.

With only six points on the scoreboard, Cayman has slipped from first to third in group A behind the undefeated Aruba and Bermuda teams. The national team now faces the Bahamas on Sunday evening and Aruba on Tuesday and to have any chance of making the semi-finals, they must win both games and hope that Aruba beats Bermuda on Sunday.

In the other Group A fixture, Bahamas recorded its first win of the tournament with an impressive 8-0 result over St. Maarten, featuring seven different goal scorers.

Meanwhile, in Group B Guatemala rolled to the top with a 5-1 win over St. Lucia, as man of the match Esteban Garcia added three goals to help the Central Americans coast to the win. Ekiel Greenidge added the goal of honour for St. Lucia.  In the surprise result of the evening, Belize powered past Jamaica, 3-1, at Truman Bodden. Alvin Sifontes and man of the match Randy Augustine had the Central Americans up two after just seven minutes, a lead they never looked in danger of losing.

Today’s games are expected to see tournament favourites Honduras continue their winning streak as well as Guadeloupe as they take on St. Kitts & Nevis and St. Martin respectively. Haiti plays Antigua & Barbuda at the Annex, while El Salvador and Martinique face off at Ed Bush Stadium, with the Central Americans looking to pull away from the group. Puerto Rico takes on St. Vincent in the final match of the evening, in what has proved the most even of all the groups to date.

News from Trinidad and Tobago revealed that the team’s failure to show up was down to the late approval of cash from the government to cover the flights, which meant the team was unable to secure the necessary seats at such a late date to get to Cayman.

See more details on the tournament below.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Someones had sour grapes for lunch…lol. Bermuda was the better team, get over it..And what does a youth football tournament have to do with Tourism and Intl. Business or pilots?? Stop hating on Bermuda!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Go cayman! !!

  3. Anonymous says:

    don't  take it so personal  12:00 yellow cards are part of the game , and so are red cards professional players get them all the time , football is a tough game , so the cayman kids need to    get tough.

  4. Anonymous says:

    different level of competition, but i hope the cayman boys keep their heads up and fight to the end, it's all a learning experience.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Cayman still played well and a fair game, whereas Bermuda had to play a dirty game to win with 4-yellow cards-shame on you Bermuda. You may beat Cayman in sports for now – that will soon change quicker than you think, but Bermuda cannot beat Cayman in the Tourism sector, the Financial services and aviation-we have the best rated pilots in the world.

    The Cayman coaches need to attend other matches like the other visiting coaches are doing to formulate game strategies, and interchange some of our player in different position in the game – our youths must learn these football skills to be effective football players in the future for our national team.. Keep up the good works Cayman we are proud of you!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      12.00, what planet are you from? Cayman used to be known as the friendliest nation on earth..Like it or not, Bermuda were better on the night…but I am sure the boys will have learnt a big lesson there..and well done to them.