MATCH REPORT: Wednesday 22nd June

Goals galore on day three of Cayman Airways Invitational U-14 Youth Cup

GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman – It was a scoring fest on day three of the Cayman Airways Invitational U-14 Youth Cup Wednesday, with 22 goals being scored by the three winning teams.

Cavalier Soccer Club 11, IFFDC 0

Michael Allen (white) was among the Cavalier players who made thing tough for their Dallas opponents.

Jamaica’s Cavalier Soccer Club dominated from the opening whistle to the final blow, with forward Shanthamoi Brown registering the tournament’s first hat-trick and six of his teammates also scoring. Brown’s first goal came in the 2nd minute. Michael Allen netted the first of his two goals on the day six minutes later. Jamari Morrison headed the ball past stand-in IFFDC keeper, Jeri Mitchell Bush in the 22nd. Dwayne Atkinson joined in the scoring a minute later before being subbed due to injury. The score was 4-0 at the half. Allen added his second score five minutes into the second half after he penetrated the IFFDC defence then fired the ball into the back of the net. Brown added his second and third goals in the 43rd and 52nd. Substitute Rojeaux Baines opened his account in the 54th. Cavalier SC sought to play for possession with a large lead but capitalised on other opportunities thanks to Kamani Maxwell, who came in off the bench, and a pair from Kamoy Asher in the 60th and 68th minutes. IFFDC, from Dallas, was playing without their first choice keeper, Connor Bryant, who broke his leg during the team’s opening match.

REV Soccer Club 0, Tottenham Hotspur 5

REV’s Ben Lessert (#8 green) rises up to head the ball against Tottenham.

The first good scoring opportunity was presented to Tottenham’s Jamie Bowden, only for him to be denied by REV keeper Elliot Brown, who has been impressive during the tournament. It took until eight minutes before the half for the English side to gain a breakthrough compliments of Rafferty Pedder. Joshua Setchell scored in the 30th and Christian Carter on the verge of the break to give Spurs a 3-0 halftime lead. D’Jean Spencer, who had been creating headaches for the REV defence all game, added his name to the scoresheet in the 48th minute. Tarrelle Whittaker added a goal in the 65th and missed a chance for another when he beat the keeper but hit the woodwork in the 69th. Although the score was 5-0, all-in-all it was a competitive affair and Brown’s work in the REV goal denied Spurs the opportunity of a wider margin of victory.

Sunset FC 0, Harbour View FC 6

Sunset FC defenders did their best to keep it close under constant pressure from Harbour View FC.

Harbour View took control of the tempo and possession early in the game but missed several scoring chances. Kafui Douet evaded defenders before crossing the ball to Kellijah Morgan in front the Sunset goal but his shot was denied by Lucas Burke, who seconds later made another impressive save. It was heartbreak for the Cayman side in the 24th minute when Jaden Ebanks deflected the ball past his own keeper in an attempt to block a shot, giving Harbour View a lead they would not surrender. Morgan scored a pair of goals in the 29th and 31st minutes to give Harbour View a 3-0 half time lead. The Jamaican side continued pressing forward when play resumed but were denied any immediate reward thanks to stellar defending by Sunset’s Micah O’Garro, who blocked several shots on the goal line, and Burke, who did his best between the pipes to keep his team in the game. Oquassa Chong, Romaye Davis and Matthew Bell each added second half goals to double the Harbour View lead. It was Sunset’s last game of the group stage, losing twice after drawing the tournament opener but the coaching staff should be encouraged by the efforts of Burke and O’Garro in particular.

 

Thursday’s fixtures – Truman Bodden Sports Complex

Tottenham Hotspur returns to the pitch for a 4:45 p.m. kick-off against Harbour View FC to determine who finishes group play at the top of Group A. Tottenham won their two opening matches, while Harbour View is unbeaten with a draw and a win.

 

The second match features hosts Academy Sports Club against Cavalier Soccer Club at 6:30 p.m. Academy has one win and one loss, while Cavalier sports an undefeated record going into the last group match.

 

IFFDC (Dallas) will look for their first win when they face Gillingham FC at 8:15 p.m. Gillingham lost their opening match but rebounded with a win in their second match. Gillingham, Academy and Cavalier all still have their hopes alive of advancing to the semi-finals from Group B.

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