U15 Girls down Guyana for second win

The Cayman Islands Girl’s Under 15 National Football Team continued their winning ways with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Guyana on Tuesday, 7 August, in Group E play at the 2018 CONCACAF Girls’ Under 15 Championships in Bradenton, Florida.

Ethana Villalobos opened the scoring in the 37th minute after being played through by Alexia Bromfield and Molly Kehoe scored her third goal of the tournament in the 50th minute to secure the win and top spot in Group E going into the final group game on Thursday. Kehoe is now joint top scorer in the tournament with three goals, sharing top spot with two other players from the United States and Curacao.

Guyana proved to be a much more physical team than the Bahamians but the Caymanians’ superior fitness, crisp passing and ball possession would play key roles in the win.

Much like in the first game, Head Coach Alex Gonzales-Garces and Assistant Coach Shakeina Bush made a number of changes in the second half as Shuwayne Fyne replaced Hannah Scott in the 58th minute and Kalie Ebanks and Riley Doyle entered the match in the 70th minute for Kayla Bradley and Alexia Bromfield respectively.

Satiah Miller’s heroics between the posts for the Cayman Islands in the second half ensured the local ladies would top the group on goal difference over St. Lucia, who defeated the Bahamas 2-0 in the other Group E encounter.

“Today’s game was much more physical than yesterday’s win over the Bahamas,” said Bush. “We had to adjust quickly to Guyana’s speed and strength but Ethana’s opener allowed the girls to settle and control the game.”

The assistant coach added: “The girls grew in confidence during the second half as Guyana began to tire. Molly’s goal was perfectly timed as our attacking mentality severely limited Guyana’s ability to get forward. We are excited and confident about our final group game against St. Lucia as the two best teams in the group battle for that all important top spot and the chance to advance to the semi-finals.”

The Cayman Islands face St. Lucia on Thursday for the chance to play the winners of Group D in the Division 2 semi-finals on Friday, August 10th. The final is scheduled for Sunday, 12 August.

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