As the Cayman Islands Premier League winds down and the FA Cup reaches its final stages, many elite footballers turn their attention to international duty.
The Under-23s and the senior side will be in action in September in the Olympic and World Cup qualifiers respectively and football association president Jeffrey Webb has mapped out an itinerary for them to be in top shape by then.
First test was against Jamaican side Sporting Central Academy who are ranked sixth in their Premier League. Cayman lost 2-1 in both friendlies over the weekend at the TE McField Annex but it was no disgrace, Sporting Central are a top club side whereas Cayman have plenty of time to find their best line up and were also not at full strength because a number of players are on duty overseas.
On Saturday, Gary McIntosh and Leaunghn Williams scored for Sporting Central in the 17th and 83rd minute respectively, while Rene Carter netted from the penalty spot for Cayman in the 34th minute.
On Sunday Cayman Islands got the perfect start when Mark Ebanks lobbed deftly over the keeper in the second minute for an early lead. Sporting Central equalised in the 19th minute through Francois Swaby and in the 62nd minute Gregory Lewis sealed the issue but unlike the previous day, Cayman were more competitive and had more possession. Sporting Central were reduced to 10 men near the end of the second match when a player was sent off by referee Alfredo Whittaker.
James Ebanks of Future had two outstanding games as did Oneil Taylor and Leighton Elliott in the heart of the Cayman defence. Overall technical director Carl Brown was satisfied with the displays and praised James Ebanks for his contribution.