Cayman draws with Bermuda in final World Cup qualifier

Cayman Islands’ hopes of securing a victory in this year’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers were dashed on Tuesday night, 8 June, in Florida, after Bermuda’s Kole Hall scored an equalising goal.

After losing to Suriname, Canada and Aruba, Cayman, currently ranked 194th in the world according to FIFA, drew 1-1 with 168th-ranked Bermuda, in their most successful performance of this tournament campaign.

Cayman’s Mark Ebanks scored 23 minutes into the game, putting his team up 1-0. Cayman remained ahead until the 65th minute, when Hall found the back of the net, ending the game 1-1.

“I thought we were excellent last night,” Cayman’s head coach Ben Pugh told the Cayman Compass. “We out fought and outplayed Bermuda for long periods of the game. We also created some very good chances and limited them to only a few half chances.”

Pugh added, that improvements need to be made within his team but he is pleased with their performance nonetheless.

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“Unfortunately it wasn’t our day and we couldn’t quite score the goal we deserved to win the game,” he said. “It was nice to finish these qualifiers on a positive performance, especially as we underperformed against Aruba in the last game. Going forward it is important that we continue to grow and improve, we all need to do a little bit more if we are to take this team to the next level.”

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