The race for semi-final berths is taking shape after two day of play in the 2019 Cayman Islands Invitational U15 Youth Football Cup, with Mt Pleasant Academy of Jamaica and American side DC United sitting atop the table of their respective groups.
Tobago All Stars 1
Cavalier FC 2
In the first game in Cayman Brac on Wednesday (5 June), Cavalier FC from Jamaica edged Tobago All-Stars 2-1. It was Cavalier FC’s first win of the tournament after dropping their opener a day earlier to Mt Pleasant.
CD Victoria 0
Mt Pleasant Academy 1
Jamaica’s Mt Pleasant Academy registered their second win in as many games, holding their Central American opponents scoreless through the 70-minute match. Kevaughn Wilson’s 27th minute goal was the difference-maker to see Mt Pleasant going top of Group 1 with one game to go.
Cayman Islands 0
DC United 2
Meantime, DC United rolled to their second consecutive victory with a 2-0 win over the Cayman Islands National U15 Team in a high energy encounter. Sebastian Richardson broke the deadlock 14 minutes into the contest. Edwin Henriquez, scoring his second time in the tournament, added the other goal in the 60th minute.
Portmore Utd 0
Jamaica’s Portmore United remained undefeated through two games after a tactically sound contest against the Cuba National U15 Team. Following up on their 1-0 win versus the Cayman Islands a day before, Portmore United matched Cuba. Both teams created opportunities, but neither could find the back of the net. The result puts Portmore United in 2nd place in Group 2 on 4 points, while Cuba picked up their first point of the competition.
The teams return to action on Thursday for the final group stage matches in the tournament. In Group 1 in Cayman Brac, CD Victoria (Honduras) plays Cavalier FC (Jamaica) at 6:30pm, followed by Tobago All Stars (Trinidad and Tobago) vs Mt Pleasant Academy (Jamaica). In Group 2 at the Ed Bush Sports Complex in West Bay, the Cayman Islands faces Cuba at 6:30pm in a showdown of national sides preparing for the CONCACAF U15 Championships this summer. That match will be followed by DC United (United States) vs Portmore United (Jamaica).
The top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals to be played at Ed Bush Sports Complex on Friday.
The Cayman Islands Invitational U15 Youth Football Cup is being hosted by West Bay Sports Foundation in partnership with the Cayman Islands Football Association and the Sports Association of the Sister Islands. Major sponsors include Cayman Airways, the Ministry of District Administration, Tourism and Transport, and the Ministry of Education, Youth Sports, Agriculture and Lands.
Admission to all games is free.