The Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) Under-20 Boys won their first game of the 2018 CONCACAF Under-20 Championships Tuesday in 3-2 victory over Guyana.
According to CONCACAF, this is Cayman’s first CONCACAF Boys Under-20 win in the programme’s history.
The Golden Jaguars got out to an early 1-0 lead in the sixth minute, but Cayman Islands keeper Albertini Holness leveled the score on a penalty kick just before half.
In the 58th minute, Kareem Foster put Cayman ahead 2-1 with his second goal of the tournament. Two minutes later, Guyana would level. Cayman’s Jabari Campbell would net the winner in the 67th minute to clinch the victory.
“We knew from the first time we saw Guyana versus El Savlador that we could win this game” said Head Coach Ernie ‘Gillie’ Seymour.
Seymour added the team will need to demonstrate more consistency in order to advance.
“We started well, but strayed away from the game plan a little, got complacent and gave up a goal early” said Seymour. “The boys fought back. We went into half 1-1 which was good for us. In the second half, Guyana kept grinding away, and it became a tough match because we put the belief in Guyana that they could win.”
Cayman sits in third overall in Group F with just 3 points after a Sunday loss to El Salvador.
The team, however, is still in contention to advance. With a key match up Thursday (8 November) against Guatemala, followed by a Saturday (10 November) finale versus winless Curacao, Cayman can qualify for the second round of competition, but will need to win out. With El Salvador drawing winless Guyana in their Saturday finale, a victory will seal a place in the knockout stage for the Central Americans.