Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) men’s national team captain Ramon Sealy says the team has improved despite it’s 3-0 loss to the Dominican Republic Friday (12 October) in their second game of the CONCACAF Nations League qualifying stage.
“We switched off in key moments of the game and allowed them to capitalize on our mistakes. Overall, I felt we played a better game than we did in the first. It’s showing me we are progressing and we have to now build on that momentum.”
The Dominican Republic opened the scoring in the 21st minute with a goal from captain Tano Bonnin. Edipo Rodriguez followed with a second in the 25th minute before Enmy Pena sealed the game with a third in 76th minute.
“We played well in patches, just a couple mistakes on our part allowed them to get the goals that changed the game. The first goal, we allowed two guys on the back post, that was an easy header. The second, we should have tackled and we didn’t, and they scored.”
Cayman will next host two games to finish off the qualifying stage, first on 17 November against St. Lucia, then on 22nd March versus Montserrat. Sealy says he hopes the home crowd resembles the atmosphere in their two away games thus far.
“There were times when we could barely hear each other speak. It was a different atmosphere for the guys to learn. I think it’s going to be a challenge. We will not underestimate anyone. Montserrat seems like they are playing some good football, so we just have to be on our p’s and q’s. We have the talent, it’s just about executing on the day.”