Friendly boosters

The Cayman Islands men’s national team made their presence felt on Tuesday afternoon in two friendly matches.


Whittaker found his magic again. Photo: Ron Shillingford

Cayman defeated Stultz Academy and Haitian National select team 2-0 and 1-0 respectively at the Cypress sports Ground in Coral Springs Miami before leaving for Guadeloupe on Wednesday for the second stage of the Caribbean Football Union Digicel Caribbean Cup competition starting tomorrow.

These games were part of the team’s warming up programme before they departed the United States.

Cayman came out looking purposeful against the young Stutz Academy players from the get go, scoring in the 15 minute from a build up in the box when Tom Elliot passed to Chris Douglas.

Douglas slipped the ball back to Elliot accurately and he passed it to Eric Brown who sent it cracking into the back of the net.

Fifteen minutes later Douglas converted a pass from John Kelly to score after Kelly penetrated the opponent’s defence line.

The game against the Haitian select was fast paced with the Haitians running tirelessly and making tight, sharp passes, however these were broken up by the determined Cayman Islands players who netted in the sixth minute from a well deserved striker by Gary ‘Wizard’ Whittaker.

The prolific Whittaker caught the defence line flatfooted and magically made his way pass the Haitian keeper, placing the ball firmly in the back of the net.

The delegation headed by manager Mark Campbell arrived in Guadeloupe along with technical director Carl Brown, fitness coach Thiago Cunha, physiotherapist Al Bartice, equipment manager Donald Solomon Sr and the full squad.

The team faces hosts Guadeloupe tomorrow Martinique on Monday and Grenada Wednesday.

Two teams will advance from this group to the finals set for Kingston Jamaica in December.