The Cayman Islands are off to play their second match in the World Cup qualifiers against Canada this Sunday (March 28) after losing their opening game against Suriname on Wednesday.
The Surinamese squad outclassed Cayman enroute to a 3-0 victory at the Dr. Franklin Essed Stadion.
The Cayman Football Association Football President Alfredo Whittaker stated before the game that his team would “give them (Suriname, Canada) a run for their money.”
While the Cayman boys didn’t produce the desired result, it was evident that there was no backing down as underdogs; Head coach Ben Pugh said he was pleased with his players’ efforts.
“The players gave their everything and I’m proud of them for that,” said Pugh.
Suriname’s Shaquille Pinas opened scoring 22 minutes into the game. That was followed with another goal from teammate Ryan Donk by way of penalty in the 38th minute and in the second half, Gleofilo Vlijter scored in the 76th minute, finishing the match 3-0.
Cayman travelled with non-professional players ageing from 16 to 26, including first timers on the big stage Justin Biles, 16 and Jackson Kirkconnell, 17.
“To replicate the intensity of these games in training and local matches is impossible and is something that we naturally found tough,” said Pugh.
Next up for Cayman, a clash with Canada at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida on Sunday (March 28).