Cayman overpowers USVI in CFU U14 Challenge

The Cayman Islands opened its campaign with a convincing 11-0 win over the United States Virgin Islands behind five goals from Breshawn Watson on the opening night of Group D play in the 2018 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Boys’ U14 Challenge Series at Ed Bush Sports Complex on Saturday, 18 August.

Playing in the second game of a double header at the West Bay field, the home team showed their superiority early. The local boys opened their account when Justin Byles found Watson for a clean finish in the 8th minute.

It was no looking back from then on. Rashaad Powery beat the keeper from the spot three minutes later and when Watson hit his second in the 19th, it the outcome was clear. Watson completed his hat-trick in the 23rd before Powery extended the lead to five goals in the 28th.

Cayman Islands U14 starters vs USVI

Watson scored twice in the second half (61’, 65’), along with tallies from Manny Duran (46’), Shameer Hendricks-Seymour (63’), Byles (70+), and Dylan Hernandez (70+).

“It feels very, very good,” said Watson of Bodden Town Football Club of his prolific scoring display.

He said the expectations should be the same for the Cayman boys in their second match against Bermuda on 20 August, adding that they would be “working much harder because Bermuda is a better team”.

How many did you score, Breshawn?

Head Coach Lovane ‘Peelo’ Joven looked as the opener as something to build on for his squad. “I think they did well. To be fair, they were better than the opposition and they did what I expected,” he told “When you catch a team that you’re better than, you have to capitalise on that. That’s a good result of the standings in the group…and something to build the morale on.”

Joven explained that the job was now to keep the youngsters focused on their next task versus Bermuda. “That was a practice match. It was an international game but in the results, it became a practice match in the end. We have to stay focused and prepare for a tougher game,” he said.

Final words from Coach Peelo.

In the earlier game, Bermuda rallied to score twice in stoppage time to defeat Cuba 2-1. Osmani de la Torres scored in the 18th minute for Cuba, who held on to the lead as three minutes were added at the end of the second half. Bermuda, who fought hard to keep the game close, struck in the 70th minute when defender La Zai Outerbridge scored. Just before time expired, Deniche Hill scored the winner.

Deniche Hill (7) scored the winner for Bermuda.

Monday’s games:

6:00 p.m. US Virgin Islands vs Cuba

7:45 p.m. Cayman Islands vs Bermuda

Al games are at Ed Bush Sports Complex. Admission is $5.

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