Ebanks double sets Cayman up for test

The Cayman Islands football team is
nicely placed for a grandstand finish in their third and final Group A match of
the Digicel Caribbean Cup after beating Anguilla 4-1 on Monday night.

Cayman drew 1-1 with St. Martin on
Saturday at the Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Puerto Rico and now have four
points going into Wednesday’s final game against Puerto Rico. The hosts beat Anguilla
3-1 on Saturday and St. Martin 2-0 on Monday night and so have six points and
home field advantage in tonight’s game which Cayman must win to guarantee going
through to the second round.

Anguilla took the lead against
Cayman in the first half through an excellent header by their centre forward
Javille Brooks that he managed to loop over keeper Ramon Sealy who was playing
only because Cayman’s regular keeper Jermaine ‘Whacky’ Brown was suspended
after being sent off in the first game.

After the break Mark Ebanks got
Cayman’s first in the 45th minute from a penalty and he scored again in the
49th minute. Theron Wood hit Cayman’s third in the 57th minute and Paul Brown
wrapped up the scoring
two minutes later.

Cayman were comfortable after that
and actually had more opportunities to add to the lead. From one attack Ebanks
was denied his hat-trick when he was put through only to be foiled by a
fantastic finger tip save by Ryan Liddle.

Technical director Carl Brown said:
“It was great to score so many goals, in general we are not a high scoring
team. It is important that we keep our feet on the ground and don’t get carried
away with it though.” 

When asked about Wednesday’s match
against Puerto Rico, he said: “We knew that Puerto Rico were going to be our
toughest opponent in the group, they are very physical so we have to try and
match that. Our team is very young so we need to recover well and be ready.”

Cayman’s captain Ian Lindo was also
satisfied with the result. “Scoring four goals will help our confidence going
into the Puerto Rico match. It was a more enjoyable match because the
conditions were far better than Saturday night. It would be great for football
in Cayman if we can qualify to stage 2 of the Digicel Cup so we must remain
focused.”

 

For more information, access to
match images and live score updates, visit www.digicelfootball.com

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Mark Ebanks paved the way for Cayman.
Photo: Ron Shillingford

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