Under-20s can bounce back

Cayman’s Under-20 footballers have to dust themselves down and try to build on the experience of their three matches in the World Cup qualifiers.

Cayman drew 0-0 with Bermuda on Wednesday night but lost 3-2 to Puerto Rico on Friday and 3-0 to group winners Jamaica on Sunday night at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

Jamaica lived up to expectations and won all three games, beating Puerto Rico 1-0 then Bermuda 4-0. The other match on Sunday saw Bermuda go through after snatching the winner in the dying seconds of the match against Puerto Rico to win 2-1.

It must be frustrating for Cayman, finishing bottom of Group B with one point. Jamaica collected nine points, scoring eight goals with none conceded. Bermuda got four points.

Cayman coach Gillie Seymour said: ‘If only we had beaten Bermuda in the first game, things could have been much better.’

Cayman can find some encouragement from hosting the tournament. Players like keeper Ramon Sealy, captain Donald ‘Naddy’ Solomon Jr, Andre McFarlane, Dave McLaughlin Jr, Mark Ebanks, Stephen Tatum, Tex Whitelocke, Gabriel Godet, Theron Wood and Michael Sanford all showed enormous potential.

No Caymanian played particularly badly, in fact, it was just that the Jamaicans are mainly a pro team and the other two sides are slightly older and more experienced.

Sealy was Cayman’s player of the tournament, saving them from losing by big margins against Puerto Rico and the Jamaicans.

Cayman’s game against Jamaica was in front of a full house as 3,000 packed into the stadium for the final match. Both sides were well supported with plenty of flags being waved.

First half goals by Andre Clennon (12th and 25th minutes) effectively won it for the visitors Alanzo Adlam was rewarded with his tireless running with his third goal of the tournament in the 78th minute. Clennon was the tournament’s top scorer with four. Adlam got three in total.

If it’s any consolation, Cayman’s Wood scored the best goal of the tournament when he hit home the first against Puerto Rico.

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