Kingston, Jamaica – Ryan Jackson and Leighton Thomas were on target to help Cayman wrap up a 2-0 victory over U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-17 Boys qualifiers.
Thomas opened Cayman’s account in the 46th minute and after the break, Thomas doubled the lead in the 55th, giving Cayman their first victory of the tournament.
Cayman ended their participation with one win and two defeats from three matches. The national team scored five goals and conceded eight finishing third in the Group and missing a chance to qualify for the final round in Haiti next month.
“Our Under 17 group was not outdone as a result of their lack of individual talents but as a group we need to analyze the reasons why we were unsuccessful,” said Director of National Teams Renard Moxam.
Cayman made a solid start to the tournament played at the Anthony Spaulding Complex in Kingston. They held Guadeloupe scoreless in the first half of their encounter before conceding three second half goals. They started brightly against the host scoring two early goals and entering the half time break with the 3-2 advantage.
A strong second half by the host pushed them to a thrilling victory 5-3.
Jamaica 3 Guadeloupe 0
Host Jamaica secured their birth in the the final round by defeating Guadeloupe 3-0 in the top of the table match in Group One on Wednesday.
Group 1 Standings
Jamaica 9 points
Guadeloupe 6 pts
Cayman Islands 3 pts
U.S. Virgin Islands 0