The Cayman Islands Under-20 team came up short in its round of 16 match against Guyana, losing 2-0 and getting eliminated from the CONCACAF U20 Women’s Championships.
The match was held at the Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez in the Dominican Republic on Sunday evening. The Cayman squad showed determination throughout the game, passing the Guyanese defence several times and taking shots.
However, it was the Guyanese who found the back of the net, with a goal from Shanice Alfred in the first half and another from teammate Aubrey Narine in the final 45 minutes.
“I’m so proud of these girls,” said Cayman U20 national football player Tamoy Phillips. We have only been together for 10 days and we have accomplished so much in so little time. This was my first time ever playing for the Cayman Islands and I love every single second of it, I wear that crest on my chest with so much pride. These girls gave it their all, they went out on the pitch and played with heart, determination, commitment, dedication and so much more. This isn’t the end for this young Cayman team watch out world, One love, one heart, one team.”
Teammate Shannelle Bennett added; “I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to represent our country in the CONCACAF U-20 women’s championship with such an amazing team of talented young ladies,” she said. “It was a a great experience, and provided good exposer for Cayman and for each player, particularly because there were scouts there, therefore allowing us to showcase the talent Cayman has. Each player put in a lot of hard work and dedication into preparing for this competition, and in the end, I am proud of how far we’ve come because we did our best, and raised our rank to 10th place out of 41 countries in attendance. “I’d like to thank the coaches and staff who worked tirelessly with us to prepare us, and travelled with us to the Dominican Republic; as well as CIFA and the Cayman Islands Government for allowing us the travel and represent Cayman.”
Guyana now advance to the quarterfinals where they will play Haiti on 4 March.