Despite playing a man down for nearly an hour, Cayman Islands made an 19th minute goal from Jared Yates stand up as they defeated Puerto Rico 1:0 to open Caribbean Zone Group B qualifying in the FC Under-20 Youth Tournament at the Truman Bodden Sporting Complex.
Yates found an opening in the Puerto Rico defence before making his way into the area and getting his shot past 'keeper Eduardo Memendi, giving the hosts the match's only tally.
Puerto Rico now need a win when they play Jamaica in their second and final match on 30 August, while Jamaica and Cayman Islands will play their final matches against one another on Sunday 1 September.
The winner of Group B will advance to play Haiti for a berth in Group B of the FC Final Tournament, to be held in the USA later this year.
28.08.2002 Georgetown, Cayman Islands, Truman Bodden Sporting Complex
CAYMAN ISLANDS - PUERTO RICO 1:0 (1:0)
CAY: Jaime Johnson - Ian Lindo, Ariel Tatum (88: Troy Taylor), John Kelly, Jermain Seymour, Jaylon Linton (74:Bradshaw Watson), Andres Webb, Christopher Myles (45: Thomas Bush), Leon Whitaker, Junio Hurlston, Jared Yates. Booked: Webb 5'; Tatum 14'; Whitaker 85'.Sent Off: Webb 40'.
PUR: Eduardo Memendi - José Ortiz, Jesús Rivera, Christian Caicedo, Alejandro Dieguez, Josph Berlingeri, Yamil Vera, Joseph Andujar, Ramon Negron, Alejandro Caicedo, Joseph Toal. Booked: Ortiz 56'; Dieguez 63'.
R; Samuel Contreras (DOM)