Soggy Wales did not dampen spirits

The final day of the Welsh International Super Cup started early Friday morning with a traditional Welsh down pour and saw the sheep come down the hillside to support the teams in their final matches.

At the beginning of each game the opposing team was presented with a Cayman Islands flag and the team manager with a rum cake as a gesture of good will from Cayman Athletics Sports Club.

This was a big day for Cayman Athletics, with two age divisions fighting for a cup.

The Under-13s faced off against the highly favoured Athlone FC from The Republic of Ireland in the Challenge Cup Final.

It was a tough game that remained nil all going into the final 10 minutes.

A last minute goal for the Irish dampened Cayman’s hopes for the cup. They still have much to be proud of, with a final standing of fourth out of the 12 teams entered in their age division.

They pushed hard and came together with a strong team spirit.

Next it was the U-10s. The little boys of the trip, who were still in the running for the Shield Cup, despite two frustrating loses on Thursday.

Their first match was against a local team of female football wizards. These girls knocked Cayman around in the first half to go 2 – 0 up.

The boys took their half time break to regroup and Coach Virgil Seymour gave them a great pep talk.

Cayman took heed and matched the girls in the tackle, despite most of them towering over the boys.

The break came with an early second half goal from Sebastian Martinez who rekindled Cayman hopes.

A few minutes later Taurean Cox buried the ball in the net to equalise.

Strong offense from Asher Francis and excellent passing from mid-fielder Elijah Seymour assisted in the winning goal from defender Nathan Borde, who had charged forward to assist in the efforts for victory. A fourth goal from Kray Foster ensured the U-10s won well and would later be critical to the point tally.

With just enough time for a quick bite to eat and rewrapping of legs and ankles worn out by the pace of two games a day all last week, the little boys were back on the field.

This time to face Welsh team South Ceridigion, a team they had previously tied 3-3 in the first round.

Both sides were evenly matched again and battled in a fast paced game.

South Ceridigion scored first despite exceptional goalkeeping by Cameron Gray.

A brilliant goal kick taken by Brandon O’Conner, was headed perfectly on by midfielder Elijah Seymour and placed directly at the feet of Tafferral Henry, who with the gentlest of touches placed the ball just past the reach of the goalie in the dying seconds. Cayman Athletics U-10s had tied their final match.

It came down to a waiting game as South Ceridigion and Aber Town Girls would now need to face each other to determine the winner of the 2008 Welsh International Super Cup Shield Cup Championship.

South Ceridigion beat the tough Aber Town girls 2-1 in a closely fought battle. However, with Cayman’s earlier win of 4-1 Cayman were the champions of the Shield Cup on a points differential tally.

Although it was a disappointing tournament for Cayman Athletic U-14, they put they did their best against English team oBridgecolt and ended up losing a tough game 2-1.

Excellent play by Matthew Suberan, Brandyn Murray, Jonathon Rowe and Jamal Seymour was not enough to tie the game. The boys returned to Cayman with intention to work hard and learn from their experience.

The teams left Aberystwyth on Saturday morning, but the children, coaches and parents alike will never forget their trip to the Welsh village of castles and dragons.

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