Digicel Cup success is the goal

The World Cup may be over but there
was equally entertaining football on Sunday in George Town.

The Cayman Islands national senior
men’s team defeated Premier League team Roma United 3-1 on Sunday in a practice
game played at the TE McField Sports Centre in George Town.

The goal scorers were Tex
Whitelocke, Mark Ebanks and Theron Wood for Cayman and Nicardo Beckford for
Roma. Rene Carter had a good game for Cayman, as did newcomers Dillon Travers
and Nicholas Ebanks.

Cayman are in their final stages of
their preparation for the Digicel Championship Cup competition in Puerto Rico
from 18-22 August.

The team trains on a daily basis at
different venues and will be playing another practice game this Sunday.

Team and date will be announced
soon.

Technical Director Carl Brown is
pleased with the three months’ preparation he’s witnessed.

The veteran Jamaican coach said:
“I’m fairly satisfied with where we are at. It would have been nice to play a
couple of practice matches against opponents from outside the country, but we
just have to make do with what we have here. We’re probably going to East End
next weekend.

“The score wasn’t important; I was
more concerned with what we were doing”.

I’m pretty satisfied that they were
making an effort to do the things that we’ve been working on. One or two errors
have shown up and that is why it’s good to play practice games.

“On the left side, we’re pretty
strong but we really should have been more penetrative there.

We’ll have to do some more work
next time to ensure that we really use the players with ability on that side to
full effect.”

Cayman play Anguilla, Bahamas and
hosts Puerto Rico.

Brown said: “We know very little
about Puerto Rico and Anguilla but we have a tape of the Bahamas team.

But it is about what we do. We have
to start now to lift our standard.

Every time we go out now we the
last season as a measuring stick.

We have to get to Puerto Rico and
play as well as we can. That is critical.”

Brown sees captain Ian Lindo and
17-year-old central defender Luigi Hernandez as key members of the squad.

He said: “Luigi is the youngest
member of the squad yet when we were looking the length and breadth of the
Cayman Islands he stood out above the rest.

He’s a very inexperienced player
and it’s going to be tough for him at national level, but he’s a very confident
player and I expect him to play as well as he can.

I don’t want to overburden him with
any exceptional work.

I believe he will do a good job for
us.

“Ian brings experience. He is
probably the longest member of the team and we’re hoping he will influence the
team with some of the vast experience he has.”

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Hernandez was composed at the back.
Photo: Ron Shillingford
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