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Football: Cayman nets first CONCACAF U20 win versus Guyana

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.

Group F
1st El Salvador (3-0-0) 9 pts
2nd Guatemala (2-0-1) 6 pts
3rd Cayman      (1-0-1) 3 pts
4th Curacao     (0-0-2) 0 pts
5th Guyana      (0-0-2) 0 pts

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.

 

About the author

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). It was in this role where he was able to craft the immersive and enthusiastic approach to reporting, broadcasting and production you see here today in Cayman's sports community.

Jordan has also worked behind the scenes for a number of Canadian broadcasting & production companies such as CBC Sports, Cineflix Productions and Cream Productions.

Did he mention he was St. Clare of Assisi's 1994 Athlete of the Year?

Now dubbed 'The Sports Guy', Jordan relishes the role as Cayman 27 Sports Producer, where he can tell the stories of Cayman’s athletes. You can reach Jordan at 333.6521 or jordanarmenise@hurleysmedia.ky.

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