CHARLOTTE AMALIE.- It was a windy afternoon at the Bethlehem Soccer Complex as the US Virgin Islands were defeated 2-0 by the visiting Cayman Islands. The game nearly got off to a flying start for the home side as Raejae Joseph had a good look at goal in the third minute, but was turned away by goalkeeper Albertini Holness.
The first half ended goalless, with both teams using their physicality and size to shut down the other. Karl Solomon-Borden’s post-rattling free kick for the Cayman Islands in the 36th minute was the best chance of the half for either side.
Rain began to fall during the break, and it seemed to energize the Cayman Islands, who dominated the opening minutes of the second half. Just before the hour mark, Michael Martin made a fine move to create himself some space and blasted the ball into the bottom left corner to open the scoring and give the visiting Turtles the lead.
The sun came back not long after the goal and with it the USVI regained their footing, but during their push for an equalizer, Martin netted his second of the afternoon on the counterattack in the 94th minute to complete the 2-0 scoreline.