Still United as prizes mount

Women United have made a big impression on the Cayman Islands women’s football scene in the short time they’ve existed.

The club is just completely its second full season and has once again swept all before them.

Last week Women United Under-17s comfortably took the Digicel Cup, overcoming some stiff resistance from a spirited Future side to win 3-0 win.

Goals came from Shanice Monteith (13th minute), Ashley Borde (45th) and Somali Hall (88th).

Much credit goes to their coach Bobby McLaren who has moulded the youngsters into a formidable unit.

‘Against Future our tactics was to keep possession of the ball using the width of the pitch to stretch our opponents in order to exploit the spaces behind their defence,’ McLaren said.

‘A lot of emphasis was on the mental aspects of the game such as good composure, concentration and communication.

‘Future has always been a very competitive team in our previous encounters. We expected them to rise to the occasion which they did and again I wish to congratulate them. Monique Roberts and Breeann Wright were outstanding along with Kimberley Rivers and Shalissa Barnett.

‘They really worked hard but unfortunately it just wasn’t their day.’

McLaren finds it hard to single out any Women United players from that game, because it was such a good collective effort.

‘I think all the players were exceptional. However I totally agree with the choice of Brianna Hydes for MVP. She has been magnificent for us all season, the rock in our defence.

‘All players have equally contributed to our team’s success.

‘Brianna has always displayed good leadership skills both on and off the field. She is an excellent captain for any team.’

With one round remaining in the U17 League its safe to say Women United will be crowned league champions this season as they have an unassailable lead.

Yet McLaren feels they are far from being the finished article.

‘There is a whole lot of room for improvement with these players as most of them have just started playing the sport within the past three years.

‘I truly believe all these players have the potential to receive scholarship awards from US Colleges if they continue on their present rate of development.

‘I think the future looks good for all our players as long as they continue in the sport.’

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