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CaymanFootball.net Presents Local Football Legends Series

This series highlights the contribution of past members of the Local Cayman Islands Football Community.

In this episode (ep.1), we take a look at the life of William ‘Billy’ Humphreys and his contribution to the Local Cayman Islands Football Community.

William Humphreys has been involved in the Cayman Islands Football Community for over 25 years. He’s been a player in the league, referee and coach.

He now runs a program (Monday & Thursday at the Agape Church Football Field – 6-7pm) to help the youth learn about the joys of playing football.

The Cayman Islands Under 20 Men’s starting line-up against Curacao

Cayman Islands Under 20s lose out to Curacao

The Cayman Islands Under 20 Men’s National Football Team lost to Curacao 2-4 in their final Group F game on Saturday, November 11 at the CONCACAF Men’s Under 20 Championships at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

A win would have cemented a second place finish for the Cayman Islands tied on points with Guatemala in Group F although the Central Americans boasted a superior goal difference.

Smarting from their thrilling 2-2 draw with Guatemala on Thursday evening, the local boys’ confidence was quickly shattered in the 13th minute as Curacao took the lead.

The Cayman Islands equalized in the 26th minute through Kareem Foster and went ahead in the 34th minute as Alexander Clarke-Ramirez scored his first tournament goal.

As so often was the case in the previous games, the local boys’ complacency led to their downfall and Curacao was back on level terms in the 36th minute.

With fatigue setting in for both teams after five days of grueling competition and the warm weather affecting the pace of the game, play swung from end to end as chances were spurned by both teams.

The Cayman Islands Under 20 Men’s starting line-up against Curacao
The Cayman Islands Under 20 Men’s starting line-up against Curacao

In the 71st minute disaster struck for the Cayman Islands as their talismanic captain D’Andre Rowe picked up an injury, which ushered in an unscheduled substitution.

Capitalising on this unfortunate situation, Curacao scored in the 73rd and 79th minutes to record their second win of the tournament and third place in the group behind El Salvador, Guatemala and ahead of the Cayman Islands and Guyana.

The Cayman Islands finished the tournament with one win, one draw and two losses against quality opposition. Clearly, the local boys’ best performance was against Guatemala in that famous 2-2 draw.

Overall, the team did the Cayman Islands proud and, as in any sport, if circumstances were different and chances taken, results may have been more positive.

The single most important thing the players learned from this tournament is that the Cayman Islands can compete on the international stage at major regional tournaments such as this with some of the stronger more established countries in CONCACAF.

The future looks very bright for youth football as CIFA looks forward to competing in:

  • Mens’ Olympic Qualifiers in April 2019,
  • CONCACAF Under 17 Boys’ Championships in April 2019,
  • CONCACAF Under 15 Boys’ Championships in August 2019 and;
  • the CONCACAF Under 17 Girls’ Championships in July or August 2019.

Neil Murray
Chairperson, CIFA Youth Committee
L-murray@candw.ky

Cayman’s Jabari Campbell (blue and red) in action during the 2-2 draw with Guatemala.

Cayman Islands Under 20s secure sensational draw with Guatemala

The Cayman Islands Under 20 Men’s National Football Team secured a sensational 2-2 draw with Guatemala in a thrilling Group F encounter on Thursday evening at the CONCACAF Men’s Under 20 Championships at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Before taking to the field in the IMG Stadium, the Cayman Islands contingent were informed that legendary football coach Winston ‘Chung Fah’ Chung had passed away that afternoon. With heavy hearts and tears in their eyes, the coaching staff led their players out on to the field to do battle with Guatemala, the number two seed in Group F.

Prior to kick-off, a minute of silence was observed in honour and remembrance of the legendary FIFA coach.

The game started at a frenetic pace with the Guatemalans taking the offensive, pinning the local boys in their half and not allowing them any possession.

Although under pressure, the Cayman Islands fashioned the game’s first real scoring opportunity in the 9th minute as Kion Parchmont failed to make contact with a wonderfully floated cross off the boot of Rohelio Wright.

Four minutes later, the Guatemalans were awarded a very controversial penalty.

Cayman’s shot stopper Albertini Holness got his hands to the penalty but not enough to prevent the Guatemalans from taking the lead. 1-0 to Guatemala.

The local boys were holding their own as they withstood the Central American’s numerous attacks.

In the 30th minute, a wonderful solo finish by Cayman’s centre forward Kion Parchmont levelled the score at 1-1after he latched on to a perfectly weighted Trey Ebanks pass.

Guatemala regained the lead in the 33rd minute after the Cayman defence failed to deal with a dangerous cross from the oppositions left flank.

In the 41st minute, just before half time, Cayman had a shout for a penalty as Kion Parchmont was bundled over in the Guatemalan penalty area, but the Panamanian referee saw no foul and waived play to continue.

In the 48th minute, the Cayman Islands made their first substitute as Trey Ebanks made way for Mason Duval and in the 55th minute, Jayden Downey was replaced by Cody Ebanks.

These key substitutions proved to be a turning point in the game as six minutes later, Duval levelled the score at 2-2 as he pounced on a rebound from a Leighton Thomas 30-yard ‘pile driver’ that the Guatemalan goal keeper could not properly deal with.

Feeling somewhat embarrassed with the score line, the Guatemalans poured everything into attack but could not break down the resilient Cayman midfield and rearguard.

Cayman’s goal keeper Albertini Holness had another great game as he was exceptional between the posts.

In the 65th minute, the local boys had a second valid penalty claim waived away as Kion Parchmont was clumsily brought down in the penalty area by the Guatemalan goal keeper.

The assistant referee began to raise his flag to signal a foul had been committed but quickly put it down after the referee failed to blow his whistle.

In the 84th minute, Jah Dain Alexander was introduced for Cody Ebanks to solidify the midfield and defence.

In the 89th minute, against the run of play, the Cayman Islands had the chance to ‘steal’ the show but Leighton Thomas’ masterful lob over the on-rushing Guatemalan goal keeper trickled agonisingly wide of the post.

The local boys fought through the extra three minutes of play and at the sounding of the final whistle, the Cayman Islands’ bench erupted with joy.

The Cayman Islands had just drawn with a major footballing nation from Central America – what an achievement for this group of players and the nation they represent. Coach Chung was smiling from the heavens.

Coach Chung’s favourite Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quote, which he often repeated before the many Cayman Islands senior and youth national team games he oversaw throughout his tenure as Technical Director and National Coach, rang true on this night… “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night.”

A fitting tribute from a great man who touched so many.

The Cayman Islands’ final game in the 2018 CONCACAF Under 20 Men’s Championships is against:

Curacao at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 10th.

The team returns to the Island on Sunday, November 11th.

Neil Murray
Chairperson, CIFA Youth Committee
L-murray@candw.ky

Cayman’s Leighton Thomas (blue) in action during the 3-2 win over Guyana.

Cayman Islands Under 20s defeat Guyana

The Cayman Islands Under 20 Men’s National Football Team secured their first victory in Group F as they defeated Guyana 3-2 on Tuesday afternoon at the CONCACAF Men’s Under 20 Championships at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Playing their second game in two days, the local boys were looking to capitalize on a positive performance against Group F favourites El Salvador on Sunday evening.

Continue reading “Cayman Islands Under 20s defeat Guyana”

The Cayman Islands Under 20 Men’s National Team line-up that faced El Salvador

Cayman Islands Under 20s fall to El Salvador in tournament opener

The Cayman Islands Under 20 Men’s National Football Team lost their opening Group F game to El Salvador 1-3 on Sunday evening at the CONCACAF Men’s Under 20 Championships at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Although the official CONCACAF record books will show the score to be a loss for the Cayman Islands, what the record books will not show is the exemplary 90-minute performance the local boys exhibited against a traditionally strong Central American footballing nation.

After watching El Salvador defeat Curacao on Friday, November 2, the Cayman Islands coaching staff had a good idea of what to expect from their opponents – physical, very quick passing, excellent movement with great technical abilities. Sunday night would be no different. Continue reading “Cayman Islands Under 20s fall to El Salvador in tournament opener”

2018/19 Premier League Venues, Day and Time Breakdown

2018/19 Premier League - Venue Breakdown

Here is a breakdown of the games that are scheduled to be played at the various venues.

VenueMatches
T.E. Mcfield Sports Centre (Annex)51
Ed Bush Sports Complex40
Haig Bodden Stadium (Bodden Town Football Field)7
Donovan Rankine Stadium4

 

2018/19 Premier League - Day Breakdown

Here is a breakdown of the games that are scheduled to be played at the various days.

Match DayMatches
Saturday36
Sunday81

 

2018/19 Premier League - Time Breakdown

Here is a breakdown of the games that are scheduled to be played at the various times.

TimeMatches
5PM24
6PM22
7PM33
8PM23

Cayman Islands Football History

In 1966, the Cayman Islands Football Association was formed, to administer the sport in the islands, which by then had a growing domestic league. As the game grew, the need for expanding football facilities became evident. In 1982 the Annex Field, originally built by developer Mike Simmons, was further improved. The Ed Bush field was built in West Bay and opened by the Queen on March 6, 1994, followed by a memorable game in which the Cayman Islands beat Jamaica to qualify for the finals of the Shell Caribbean Cup in Trinidad & Tobago. Encouraged by this result, Government agreed a build a new football field. In 1995, the association presided over the further development of the national sports complex, which was transformed into a modern multi-purpose facility, and renamed the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. On July 30 of that year, the Cayman Islands hosted the Shell Caribbean Cup Finals, for the first time, attracting some of the biggest names in world football. Among the guests were then FIFA President Joao Havelange and the legendary Brazilian hero of the game, Pele. While on this visit, Pele officially opened the Donovan Rankine Field in East End, also built in 1995. The North Side field came in for redesign and upgrade in 1998/1999 and the G. Haig Bodden Playing Field was completed in Bodden Town shortly afterwards. Both the Annex stadium in George Town – now renamed the T. E. McField Sports Centre after its founder – and the Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay are FIFA Two-Star Football Turf facilities, and the Truman Bodden Sports Complex has been reopened as a 3,000 capacity national stadium. The Cayman Islands now have the facilities to rival any island in the region, a wonderful achievement for such a small nation.