Despite a 4-0 scoreline that favored the Jamaica under-23 national team over the Cayman Islands on Sunday, the head coaches of both sides were happy with the friendly encounter at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
The host used the match to assess its squad ahead of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games, while the Cayman Islands was preparing for its World Cup Qualifying series against Belize later in the month.
Romario Williams (30’) opened the Reggae Boyz’ goal account, while three second-half substitutes – Leon Bailey (85’), Christopher Ingram (87’) and Kendon Anderson (90’) – each tallied once late to complete the scoreline.
Cayman Islands head coach Alexander Gonzalez was pleased with how his charges acquitted themselves, saying they showed him enough to give them confidence going into World Cup Qualifying.
“We take away the first 75 minutes of the game, we are very pleased with the shape and the discipline we saw,” said Gonzalez, who noted the youth of his squad. “That’s more or less what we plan to do moving forward.
“We know that we need to get some additional people in, perhaps more mature players when we make substitutions. We are pleased with the tour. We do not take into account the first game as we know the players were very tired and we expected that. But we knew that playing against a much better team, the Jamaican Under-23 team, so we take away confidence from the performance especially in the first 75 minutes.”
The Cayman Islands dropped a 3-1 decision to Jamaican Red Stripe Premier League champion Montego Bay United on Friday, just hours after its arrival in the country.
Jamaica under-23 head coach Miguel Coley expressed satisfaction with what he saw, after the break.
“I was pleased with the second half,” Cooley remarked. “We looked more fluid. The content was very good. We started training about a week ago and some players came in yesterday (Saturday), so they have not gelled yet.
“I think the personnel that went on in the second half looked a lot better than those who started, so that is something to look at as this is still a selection process but I was pleased with the second half.”
NOTES: The match was originally scheduled to be played at Jarrett Park, but was moved to the Montego Bay Sports Complex.