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Football: Boys U15s show fight in CONCACAF finale

The Cayman Islands Boys Under-15s wrapped up play at the CONCACAF Boys Under-15 Championships finishing third overall in group play, while scoring a key draw against a tough opponent on the final day of play in Bradenton, Florida.

Entering the final day of group play Thursday (8 April) with a win over Bahamas and a scoreless draw with Nicaragua Cayman needed to place in the top two of the four-team group to move onto the knockout stage.

The Under-15s finished third overall in group play with a record of (1-1-1) as well as a 1-1 draw with Belize.

However, Cayman would lose 2-0 to Guyana and settle for a consolation game the next day versus Belize.

“I am extremely proud of the boys,” said Coach Lovane Joven.

“This was the only game we lost. A win could have put us in a better position to advance, but we didn’t unfortunately. We made two mistakes in the game. On the first goal, the right back was caught ball watching, let the guy run in on the back post, and we paid the price. On second goal, we failed to trap running off the ball off of a set piece. We were in the wall, and the ball came over, a guy moved, and no one trapped him, and he put in the fumble off the keeper,” Lovane said.

“We had a few bad chances against us, but we didn’t put away our chances,” he said.

On Friday, Cayman would draw 1-1 with Belize, but Coach Joven said a few errors kept the team from knocking off the higher-ranked Jaguars.

“We definitely showed a lot of courage, strength and character,” said Joven. “We went up 1-0. We had our chances, but didn’t put them away. Again, the last three minutes, we went to sleep. Someone slipped in the middle and equalized. Belize played well, showed a lot of character, and pressed us but our keeper came up big.”

Coach Joven praised his goalkeepers, specifically Andrea Tognazzi, who was impressive throughout the tournament.

(L-R) Physiotherapist Resean Reece, Assistant Head Coach Garth Anderson, Head Coach Lovane Joven, Team Manager Michelle Minzett, Jacob, Equipment Manager Leon Whittaker, and Goalkeeper Coach Miguel Pitta.

“Andrea held up tremendously well,” said Joven. “Charles Ebanks, our second goalkeeper, also played well, but he had a nagging injury and he sat out the last game. Overall, it was a job well done by the boys,” said Joven. “They held their heads high, and fought until the end.”



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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 or .

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