Girls cruise after sticky start

Cayman Islands 4 Suriname 0

The Cayman Islands Under-20 women’s team opened their Caribbean Football Union World Cup Qualifying campaign with an impressive win over the hosts Suriname at the Essed Stadium in Paramaribo.

The first half of game didn’t live up to the billing as both young teams showed signs of nerves and seemed to be overwhelmed by the occasion in the first half. The Cayman Islands were fielding an exceptionally young team. Eight of Cayman’s starters were 18 or younger.

The second half saw Cayman take control, scoring in the 48th minute from a set play. Shanice Monteith bent in an inviting cross that was headed in by Courtisha Ebanks.

Two minutes Brianna Hydes hit a superb 25 yard lob that caught the Suriname keeper off her line. Suriname’s resistance was breached again in the 60th minute when Marrisa McLaughlin latched onto a cross from Jetena Bodden.

The rout was completed in the 75th minute when Shanice Monteith manufactured a goal out of nothing. Cayman captain Jessica Ebanks found Monteith in space on the half way line who then ran 45 yards with the ball before calmly slotting home Cayman’s fourth.

Head coach Eric Dobrzanski was satisfied. He said: “The team played an inspired second half and proved that they wanted to make a statement in this round of qualifiers. They realised the adjustments that needed to be made and capitalised, I could not be more proud of every single one of the girls who was wearing a Cayman jersey tonight.”

Cayman Islands striker Shanelle Frederick from Cayman Brac who is still only 15, was a constant threat in attack and instrumental in everything that Cayman had to offer going forward. Frederick said: “It’s an honour to put on the Cayman shirt and play with these girls. They are all my sisters and we are a family, I should have had a few goals tonight but the main thing is that the team won and now we focus on Trinidad and Tobago.”

Cayman play Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday in their final qualification game of the first round. Kick off is 5pm Cayman time.

Emily Kelly,

Brittany Bodden,

Giselle Johnson,

Brianna Hydes,

Marissa McLaughlin,

Jessica Ebanks,

Courtisha Ebanks,

Shanice Monteith,

Jetena Bodden,

Brittany Mobley,

Brittni Ebanks,

Kimberly Rivers,

Chelsea Greene,

Somali Hall,

Kaela Ebanks,

Tacita Berry,

Shanelle Frederick,

Chelsea Brown,

Janel Ebanks,

Neesah Godet

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