Cayman’s youth footballers warmed up for the CONCACAF Under-15 Championship here next month with two games against a Honduran side and had mixed results.
The first match against Club Deportivo Victoria on Saturday at the TE McField Annex was won 2-0 by Cayman through goals by Zachary Scott and Leighton Thomas. But the visitors gained revenge the following night at the same venue with a 3-0 victory.
The inaugural CONCACAF Under-15 Championship runs from 14 to 25 August.
The team’s technical director, Ardin “Cheeky” Rivers said: “From both games against Victoria, we were able to assess our kids, how they responded defensively and also in attack.
“We also looked at individual players in terms of creativity. We can all train for months in technical and physical aspects, but we need game situations.
“We learnt a lot from these games. The Hondurans play at a faster pace. They are also a very technical team so it’s vital that we play these types of teams in preparation for the tournament.”
Twenty-two nations will participate in an initiative of CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb, who wants to strengthen the game at youth level throughout the region.
Besides the Cayman Islands, participating teams will be Aruba, the Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Maarten, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago and the US Virgin Islands.