Prep League kicking

The new Cayman Prep Corporate Football League eight-a-side tournament mixes corporate teams with the best of John Gray High kicked off two weeks ago at Cayman Prep.

With an early evening breeze in the air and a decent size crowd watching, Digicel kicked off the tournament against Maples.

Digicel dominated from the start against a shorthanded Maples team, with midfield dynamo Declan Cassidy causing them all sorts of problems.

However it was Digicel’s Declan Daly who was first on the score sheet following some neat build-up play. Next to score was Digicel’s Nigel Solomon and the beating was under way. Solomon went on to score a hat-trick as Digicel made a statement by running out 6-0 victors.

Next up was the intriguing contest between John Gray High and Bank of Butterfield. Unlike the earlier game, this ended up being a very close contest.

Butterfield’s Tom Elliott stifled John Gray’s young strikers though Dwight Moxam found it tough against the John Gray defense.

Butterfield broke through first with Jonathan Frazier latching onto a loose ball in the box. Not long after Dwight Moxam got on the score sheet.

But in the last two minutes Luigi Hernandez bamboozled the Butterfield defense, scoring a fine individual goal. However Butterfield hung on to claim a 2-1 win over John Gray.

On Wednesday May 13 evening Maples tried to bounce back against DHL.

However the first half would be completely dominated by DHL. Within three minutes Gary ‘Wiz’ Whittaker had weaved his way through the Maples defense and slotted home two goals to put DHL up 2-0.

Maples were struggling to get any kind of possession and it was no surprise that Gary’s brother, Duran ‘Trini’ Whittaker put DHL three nil up.

Maples came out for the second half with far more intent and began to gain a more even share of possession.

As the half progressed Maples began carving out chances and 11 minutes in, the diminutive Jason Brown hit an absolute pile driver past DHL keeper Mark Woollard.

Four minutes later Jesus Ebanks fired in a shot that was well saved by Woollard but the rebound fell to Leon Myles who smashed the ball home bringing Maples back into the contest.

DHL sealed the deal with a cross from the left by Kevin Edwards that found Eckerd McField unmarked in the box who slotted the ball home to make it 4-2 to DHL. Maples got a late consolation goal via a penalty kick.

The tournament took a break over the elections but got back into action yesterday when Digicel played John Gray High. Tomorrow evening DHL goes up against Digicel.