Anguilla: beaten, but not discouraged

(l-r) Anguilla captain Kevin Hawley, Keanu Richardson and team manager Nigel Linton attend a press conference after a Scotibank CFU Men's Caribbean Cup match at Guyana on March 22, 2016

PROVIDENCE, Guyana – Although Anguilla dropped a 7-0 decision to host Guyana in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup on Tuesday, it was not disheartened on the first steps of a rebuilding path.

Elder statesman and captain Kevin Hawley was heartened by a second-half performance that was far better than the one that yielded a 5-0 half-time deficit.

“In the second half, we were able to regain our composure and play a much more fruitful game,” the 35-year-old said.  “Overall, we have building blocks.  This is only our second game in the last six weeks.  We have not been together for a very long time, but there are lots of positives to take from the game.” 

One of those positives was the international debut of 15-year-old Keanu Richardson, who can eventually become the foundation player of future squads.

"As we said in the pre-match press conference that it's a rebuilding time for us,” said Anguilla team manager Nigel Linton.  “It cannot be done overnight, it will take time."

"We had six weeks together as a team.  Where we started six weeks ago to where we are six weeks later, I am pretty satisfied as team manager.”

In order to stay alive in Group 5, the Anguillians will need to defeat Puerto Rico by at least seven goals on saturday, when they meet at The Valley’s Raymond E. Guishard Technical Center.