Murphy back to steady Cayman defence

Another major tournament will be held in Cayman as the island hosts Group C of the Digicel Caribbean Cup at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town.

The competition is set to kick off tomorrow at 5.30pm when Bermuda faces Antigua and Barbuda and at 7.30pm in the feature game with hosts Cayman meeting with St Martins.

On Friday 29 August there will be another double header starting at 5:30pm with Bermuda going up against St Martins and at 7:30pm Cayman encounter Antigua and Barbuda.

The final sets of games will be staged on Sunday 31 August with the two top teams advancing to the next phase. St Martins will face Antigua and Barbuda at 5.30pm and at 7.30pm Cayman Islands take on Bermuda.

Steadying Cayman’s defensive line will be a familiar face. Tuda Murphy will once again be Cayman’s starting goalkeeper.

Murphy joined the squad last week as he returned home from being number one goaltender for Irish Club Glenavon FC.

Murphy will be a reassuring face as Cayman will be without Tom Elliot. Elliot captained the senior team on several occasions and is now out injured.

Nevertheless Technical Director Carl Brown has a full squad in training. With Murphy in tow Cayman’s defensive line should be able to soak up all pressure applied by the opposition.

Over 20 players form the core of the training squad from which the final eighteen will be selected.

They are: Michael Smith, Tom Elliott, Trevor Gibbs, Leon Whittaker, Joseph Tatum, Ian Lindo, Dion Brandon, Chris Douglas, Jairo Sanchez, Jason Ebanks, Mario Watler, Rene Carter, Garth Anderson, Benjamin Cupid, Eric Brown, Charles Rowe, Leighton Elliot, Jermaine Brown, Oneil Taylor, Horace Nelson, Kemar Barton, Nicolai Hill, Carson Fagan, Donald Solomon, John Kelly, Gabriel Godet, Philip Berry, Garth Anderson, Davian Smith, Jedd Ebanks and Nicholas Ebanks.

The Cayman Islands Football Association in collaboration with Digicel is applying the finishing touches of what is expected to be the best organized competition in the region.

As part of the preparations the national training squad will be participating in several football related kids clinic hosted by Digicel in an effort to include the youngsters in this prestigious regional competition.

Technical Director of the National Program Carl Brown is in the process of preparing the players and has high hopes for Cayman in the competition.

‘The players are adjusting to the training well, Fitness Coach Thiago is taking them through the motions and they are adapting to it. These players have potentials they only need to be determined and do their part by scoring goals and winning the games.’

‘We need the community to come out and support them during these games inspiring them as they excel to the next phase of the competition,’ Brown commented.