Ramoon hat-trick inspires Cayman for next challenge

Having lost 2-0 to the Guadeloupe national side on Saturday, Cayman took on local side Saint-Claude, a mid-table women’s league side, and won comfortably in treacherous weather conditions.

Cayman led 6-0 at halftime. Tatiana Ramoon hit a hat-trick, and the other goals came from Judy Rivers, Nicole Whittaker, Brittany Bodden and Kaela Ebanks.

“We made various changes to the team in the second half, in terms of personnel and formation, to look more closely at options and combinations of players,” head coach Alan Purvis said before they returned on Tuesday.

He added that although Saint-Claude were not the strongest opposition, it was a worthwhile game and gave the team more experience of playing together.

“It was a very disciplined and professional performance, particularly in the first half,” said Purvis. “We could have added more in the second half if it wasn’t for a string of saves from the opposition keeper.”

He added that it was nice to finish the trip by winning, which gave the players a confidence boost before heading home for their next challenge against American college side University of New Haven on Sunday.

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Kaela Ebanks scored for Cayman.

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Tatiana Ramoon was in excellent form again. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD
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  1. Slightly off-topic but…

    The Cayman Islands senior national mens team played matches against the Jamaica U23 Olympic team and the Jamaican national club champions, MoBay Utd. in Montego Bay, Jamaica this week-end just gone.

    The scores were MoBay Utd. 3 Cayman Islands 1

    Jamaica U23 4 Cayman Islands 0

    By the reports in the Jamaican press, the Cayman Islands team performed credibly, despite losing both matches.

    These matches were reportedly played in preparation for the up-coming World Cup qualifiers against Belize.

    The questions remains…why should followers of Cayman’s football have to rely on the sports media in Jamaica to be informed of matches and results played by their own national team ?

    Is this a policy of CIFA now to not report when and where the national team is playing…

    Or an oversight of the press in not keeping abreast of the football events in the Cayman Islands ?

    This womens match has been reported so it leaves the question wide open for speculation.

    It also gives an indication as to why the Cayman islands is ranked 204 in FIFAs world rankings list…

    Just a couple places off being ranked as the world’s worst football team.

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