United they stand

Girl’s United became champions of the 2008 season of the Cayman Islands Football Association FA Cup Under-15 girls’ competition. They beat Elite 3-0 at the George Hicks High School field last Saturday.

Alyssa Chin opened the score sheet in the 12th minute when she broke through the defence line and shot straight on goal.

Nichole Giuffre was next on the score sheet finishing in the 40th minute after capitalising on a corner taken by Ashani Francis. By half-time, it was 2-0 in favour of United.

In the second-half, Elite substituted their first goal keeper for Latorie Nixon. This move made a difference as she held her own. Elite fought desperately to get on the score sheet, however Girls United and its defence held firm.

Britney Mobley was the star for Elite. She distributed astutely and, along with Christine Jones, put pressure on the United defence line.

However, in the 75th minute United struck again. Meressa McLaughlin and the rest of the defence line could not stop the third goal of the night.

Ashley Borbe crossed a ball to Ashanti Francis who wasted no time in sending it to the back of the net to land her team a 3-0 victory.

This marks the second trophy for Coach Bobby McLaren, who is also head coach of the CIFA National Girls Under-17 team and Coach of the Women’s United participants in the Simon Robshaw Caytech Senior Women’s Football League.

Coach McLaren is on his way to two more titles this season. Women’s United is the imminent champions of the Senior League and is scheduled to meet Sunset on 1 June at the finals in the CIFA FA Cup Knock Out competition.

An elated Coach McLaren said that the game was well played and spirited due to Elite’s effort.

‘Elite played a spirited game we did not dominate the game it’s just that with Gods help we managed to we put away our chances. These girls are a good crop of players, they play well under pressure and it was a very interesting game,’ McLaren said.

Manager of Elite Gregory Ebanks said he was proud of his team pointing out that it put up a good fight.

‘I am very proud of these girls [as] they have done well to have made it to the finals. One team had to win and Girl’s United won [so] I congratulate them on their victory.’

At the end of the game, there was a brief ceremony. Various awards were presented including Most Valuable Player for the League to Tatiana Ebanks of Catholic and Shanice Monteith of Girl’s United for Leading Goal Scorer. Also, Britney Mobley of Elite received Most Valuable Player of the FA Cup Knock-Out competition and Cristin Jones was Leading Goal Scorer.

Participation in youth competitions is mandatory for all clubs to be eligible for participation in the senior competitions administrated by CIFA.

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For more information contact the CIFA office at 949-5775, email [email protected] or log on to www.caymanfootball.ky.