Cayman Brac’s under-14 team pulled off one of the greatest upsets in Cayman Islands youth football history on Saturday. Playing on the dusty George Hicks field in the semifinal of CIFA’s U-14 Cup, the Brackers held their own against the talented and tough George Town Sports Club. The Brackers survived early chances by GTSC and played with impressive hunger and skill. No team managed a goal in regular time or in overtime, forcing a pressure-packed penalty shootout. The Brackers handled that pressure well and put in the crucial kicks to win a memorable match.
National technical director Marcos Tinoco was pleased with the play of both teams.
‘The game was very competitive in the regular and extra times,’ he said. ‘No one could score a goal because the defenses worked hard marking and controlling the forwards. Both goalkeepers also did very well defending their goals.
‘Congratulations to all players from both teams for a well played game that demonstrated the standards of fairplay,’ added Tinoco.
George Town SC coach Gillie Seymour was gracious and complimentary despite the painful loss suffered by his team.
‘I want to congratulate Cayman Brac and Bodden Town [the other semifinal winner] for making the Cup final,’ said Seymour. ‘I will be at that game cheering for both teams to play well.’
Seymour believes this win was concrete proof of just how much athletic potential there is on the Brac.
‘People say Cayman Brac doesn’t have anything. But I always knew they did. I’ve been saying it for years. This is a great win for the youth of Cayman Brac and Cayman Brac football. I’m happy for them. I also want to thank all the people who helped to get the team over here [Grand Cayman].’
Seymour said his George Town boys, victorious over the Brac twice this season before Saturday’s game, were understandably hurt by the loss but not defeated.
‘After the game my players were all asking me when they can play again. They were so eager to get back in there. That told me right there that they are winners.’
No cards were given in the match. The officials were: Referee Winston Blackwood; Assistant Referee Errol Bucknor and Assistant Referee Dwayne Ebanks.
Cayman Brac FC:
7 – Jamie Sanford
14 – Chase Miller
6 – Michael Freeman
12 – Kodie Scott
George Town SC:
15 – Giovanni Ordonez
10 – Christopher Ebanks
5 – Logan Seymour
14 – Ricoh Brown