Cayman squandered a two-goal led and fell to Haiti 4-2 Sunday (24 July), in what appears to be a result that will keep Cayman from advancing to the next stage of the Caribbean Football Union Under-17 World Cup qualifying tournament.
E-mails sent to a CFU spokesperson asking for official confirmation of the teams qualifying to the next round were not returned.
According to the CFU website, however, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Jamaica, Curacao and Suriname will advance by virtue of winning their respective groups. Bermuda and Guadeloupe appear to the be the two group runners-up that will advance as both teams drew yesterday to end the group stage on seven points, according to information released by the CFU.
If correct, that leaves Cayman — which finished group play with six points — after beating Aruba 4-0 on 20 July and Puerto Rico 2-0 on 22 July — on the outside looking in.
“I am proud of my Cayman boys,” Cayman Islands National Under-17 boys coach Ernie Seymour said. “They’re finally beginning to step up to the plate and realise that they can play with the best in the Caribbean.”
A win versus Haiti would have clinched a spot in the next round for Cayman.
Cayman took a 1-0 lead in the third minute when Rico Bodden was brought down in the box and the referee awarded Cayman a chance from the spot. Kion Parchment converted the penalty and the Truman Bodden Sports Complex erupted as the local squad took a 1-0 lead.
Cayman doubled that lead in the 11th minute when it quickly got the ball to Kareem Foster on the wing on a counterattack. With one man to beat, Bodden made a nice run up the middle and sent Foster’s pass low past the keeper, who was the only one left to challenge.
Haiti’s Nael Elysee cut that lead in half just before halftime when he found some space at the top of the 18-yard box and flicked it past Cayman keeper Albertini Holness.
Haiti’s momentum carried over to the second half when Brismax Clerge equalised in the 62nd minute, crashing into the box to head home a corner.
The winner came off a corner kick as well. After Haiti sent it in, the ball remained loose in the box as Cayman’s defenders failed to clear it. Eventually it popped out to the top of the 18-yard box where Ivenson Basquin fired a rocket off his right foot and tucked it in the corner of the goal from about 24 yards out.
Steve Saint-Duc added another in the 91st.
“One of the contributing factors to Haiti clawing back into the game is me losing my skipper, Deandre Rowe,” said Seymour, who was ejected from the game by the referee. “He was the backbone of my defense and he was playing well. There were some bad tackles on him that left him with an injury and eventually he had to be removed from the game. That caused us to have to tweak our game a little bit and that didn’t work for us.”
Here are the complete results from Sunday’s (24 July) games, according to the CFU:
Barbados 5 – 2 Dominica
Nicoli Brathwaite 54′, 60′, Dishon Howell 58′, Niall Reid Stephen 83′, (BRB), Robert Humphreys 5′ (DOM) (OG)
Kiono Martin 11′, Randel Coipel 31′ (DOM).
Anguilla 2 – 0 British Virgin Islands
Deonne Smith 65′, Keanu Richardson 87′ (AIA)
Suriname 2 – 1 Bahamas
Jenario Eenig 23′, Archero Hoever 84′ (SUR),
Jordan Farquharson 90+1′ (BAH)
St. Kitts and Nevis 0 – 5 Cuba
Ribaldo Roldan 6′, 20′, Yandy Romero 8′, Shemar Douglas (SKN)(OG) 80′, Ronaldo Rosette 89′ (CUB)
St. Martin 2 – 4 Dominican Republic
Juan Pablo Adams 7′,
Bryan Chan Castillo 15′, Frederi Feliz 46′, 51′, Juan Gabriel Angeles-Cruz 80′
Curacao 0 – 0 Guadeloupe
Aruba 2 – 1 Puerto Rico
Emmanuel Torres Arroyo 5′ (PUR)
Dqion J.A Ras 20′, Shermar Monticuex 57′ (ARU)
Cayman Islands 2 – 4 Haiti
Kion Parchmont 3′, Rico Bodden 11′ (CAY)
Nael Elysee 42′, Brismax Clerge 62′, Ivenson Basquin 77′, Steve Saint-Duc 90+1′ (HAI)
Greanda 1 – 1 Bermuda
Rahzir Jones 12′ (BER)
Kevon Maitland 83′ (GRN)
St.Vincent and the Grenadines 0 – 5 St. Lucia
Linus Clovis 18′, 64′, 66′, Romario Lendor 21′, Bryant Polius 52′ (SLU)