Not in seventh heaven

Cayman Islands 0, Costa Rica 7

Cayman’s World Cup dreams were
shattered but they can still walk tall after a marvellous campaign.

The girls Under-17 national side
were thrashed 7-0 by hosts Costa Rica in their first match of the CONCACAF
Women’s Championships in Alajuela on Wednesday.

Cayman could not find the time nor
space to launch an effective attack all night against a bigger, stronger and
more mature Costa Rica side.

At an average age of 15, Cayman are
easily the smallest and youngest side in the eight-team tournament. They called
on the services of Chelsea Greene as sub in the second half. She is only 12.

All the other teams field players
who are at the top bracket of the age limit and have all the physical advantages.

Costa Rica’s star player is Raquel
Rodriquez, who in January helped the U-20s qualify for their first ever World
Cup finals. She headed a free kick past the diving Emily Kelly in the eighth
minute to put Costa Rica in control.

Maria Fernanda Moreira scored the
second in the 37th minute.

Rodriquez nodded in her second from
a corner in the 51st minute and Alhyssa Villalta scored their fourth
three minutes later.

Rodriquez notched her hat-trick in
the 58th minute for Costa Rica’s fifth before Maria Fernanda Moreira
struck a penalty two minutes later. Fabila Sanchez completed the rout in the 84th
minute.

Cayman play defending champions
United States Friday at 6pm Cayman time. The Americans smashed Haiti 9-0 on
Wednesday.

The Haitians lost five players and
a coach from the earthquake that shattered the country two months ago and
killed an estimated 270,000, so it’s an achievement for them just to be
playing.

Cayman play Haiti in their final
Group B match on Sunday at 7pm.

In Group A matches last night
Jamaica played Canada and Panama faced Mexico.

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Cayman’s Brianna Hydes battles with Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno.
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