Willemstad, Curacao – Cayman earned their best result of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under 20 qualifiers but it wasn’t enough to advance to the final round in Trinidad and Tobago next month.
A 5 nil drubbing of Anguilla left Cayman tied with home team Curacao and St Kitts on six points, all three teams with 2-1 records.
David Connelly (15th), Matthew Subaran (43rd), Jermaine Wilson (65th), Martin Webb (70th) and Anthony Nelson (83rd) completed the win for the local team. Cayman ended the competition with two wins and one loss, an identical record with the top two teams of the group.
However, the result in the night cap wasn’t in the local boys favour. Cayman needed a draw to advance and for the first half of St. Kitts and Nevis versus Curacao, the local boys must be confident of advancing after 45 minutes with a 0-0 scoreline.
That changed in the second half as the hosts, spurred on by 3000 home fans Curacao seized the advantage. A second half double strike from Isaai Marselia (65th, 71st) and a goal from Ronald Albertus (58th) propelled the host country to an impressive 3-0 victory and a spot in the final round scheduled for Trinidad and Tobago next month.
Curacao joins Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Aruba as winners of their respective groups.