Cayman U14 girls shutout Curacao

The young ladies representing the Cayman Islands scored an emphatic 3-0 victory of Curacao to move to the top of Group 2 in the 2019 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Girls U14 Challenge Series on Wednesday night (7 August).

The goal scorers for the Cayman Islands were Alexia Bromfield, Kayla Bradley, and Stoyanna Stewart.

Playing under the lights at Truman Bodden Sports Complex, the hometown girls showed an eagerness to score early, with Ashlyn Evans hitting the woodwork in the 7th minute, as she attempted to put her shot out of the reach of the keeper for the first good chance of the game.

Curacao also looked to press forward, with Raengelly Keller intent on making Cayman’s netminder, Isla McLaughlin, work for her eventual clean sheet.

With the game scoreless into first half stoppage time, Evans pounced forward with her thoughts squarely on a breakaway goal, only to be taken down in the box by Curacao keeper, Kaaisha Constansia, who was immediately shown a red card by Jamaican referee Yvette Stephenson.

Up stepped captain Alexia Bromfield, who drilled her penalty kick low and to the right of Roshanthely Coffi, who entered the game to take over duties in net. Coffi anticipated the direction of the shot but was unable to get a hand to it.

Alexia Bromfield opens the scoring for the Cayman Islands.

With the crowd energised, the young Caymanian side took a 1-0 lead. Curacao, despite being shorthanded for the entire second half, kept the fight alive but got the wind knocked out of their sails in the 66th minute when Kayla Bradley scored. The game was already in hand when substitute Stoyanna Stewart pushed forward down the left wing, got by her defender and beat the keeper to complete the 3-0 win.

Cayman moved to four points from two outings, after a 1-1 draw with Barbados two night earlier.

“We did excellent. We were all helping each other and supporting each other, and that’s what led to all those good goals,” Bromfield told reporters after the game. “After that first goal, it got us really excited and really pumped.”

Cayman Islands vs Curacao U14 Girls

St Lucia also moved to four points after winning an entertaining come from behind win over Barbados. The Barbadians put themselves ahead early thanks to Ryah Dates and Kay-Ghun Rouse. Harmaine Jones pulled St Lucia within a goal a few minutes after Rouse’s score. Freegeanne Joseph then scored a pair of second half goals, including one deep into stoppage time to steal the win.

Although Cayman and St Lucia are tied on points, Cayman holds the edge in goal difference (+2 to +1). They meet at 7:00pm Friday at Truman Bodden Sports Complex, following the 5:00pm game between Curacao and Barbados.

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