The Under 20 Boys National Football Team ended their 2016 Caribbean Football Union World Cup qualifying campaign after a 5-0 loss to hosts Haiti at the Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince on Sunday evening.
Haiti’s Kenley Dede scored twice in the 44th and 90th minutes, and Roberto Louima, Stevenson Guillaume and Jean Francois each scored in the 60th, 66th and 84th minutes, respectively, to eliminate the Cayman Islands from advancing to the final round.
Haiti topped Group 3 with a maximum of nine points from three wins, Bermuda finished second with six points after defeating Anguilla 6-0 in the second game on Sunday evening, the Cayman Islands were third with three points, and Anguilla finished bottom with zero points.
With the defeat of Anguilla, Bermuda secured one of the three best runner-up spots and will advance with Haiti, Group 1 winners Antigua and Barbuda, Group 2 winners Trinidad and Tobago, Group 4 winners St. Kitts and Nevis and hosts Curacao to the final round of qualifiers scheduled for Oct. 21-30 in Curacao.
During the qualifiers, Cayman’s U20 team rebounded from their opening day loss to Bermuda by defeating Anguilla 4-1.
Zachary Scott opened the scoring for the Cayman Islands in the 24th minute, with Sebastian Martinez adding a second in the 31st and Michael Martin-Cruz rounding off an excellent first half for the Islanders by netting Cayman’s third in the 39th minute.
Leighton Thomas sealed the victory with his 62nd minute strike before Anguilla’s Tyrique Lake pulled one back in injury time to end the scoring at 4-1.
Next up for this Cayman Islands Under 20 team will be preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games, with CFU Olympic Qualifiers beginning in 2018.
The Cayman Islands team was to return home on Monday evening.