The Cayman Islands Under-15 boys national football team were defeated for the first time, in the semifinals at the Caribbean Football Union U-15 Championships on Friday.
They lost to the Dominican Republic 1-0 in St. Maarten. A goal in the first 10 minutes from a penalty was all the Dominican Republic needed to advance to the final, which was played on Sunday. Cayman fought hard until the final whistle, but could not find an equalizer.
In the final, Dominican Republic faced Curacao, who overcame St. Lucia 2-1 in the second semifinal.
Cayman faced St. Lucia for third place on Sunday afternoon. Both countries were paired in Group 1, with Cayman winning their first encounter 2-0.
Bruce Blake, Cayman Islands Football Association vice president and interim president, said, “I am very, very proud of the young men who represented their country superbly throughout the tournament.
“The semifinal result went against us, but we should be excited about playing for third place. This is truly an excellent achievement and I want to express my sincere gratitude to the coaching staff, the players and the parents.”
He added, “We will learn from this experience and move forward. The future looks very bright.”