Cayman’s Under-23 National football team squared up against a formidable opponent in the Elite FSC.
The game was played on Sunday night at the T.E. McField Sports Complex, aka Annex Field.
Elite are this year’s Premier League Champions and Digicel Cup Champions. They supported the U-23 team in putting on this fundraiser helping them raise funds towards participating in this year’s AC Milan Continental Cup in Cleveland, Ohio in July.
The game started off with great football being played by both sides with Elite keeping the U-23s on their toes and the U-23s returning the favour to the Premier League Champions.
Both sides created some great chances on goal but it was the U-23 side that found the net first. Given them the confident boost to put more pressure on a well structured Elite side. The U-23 side came out at the end of the night victorious with a 4-0 win but not due to lack of fight from an Elite side who were missing a few keys players.
Scorers were Raheem Robinson, Tex Whitelocke, Tevon Levien and Paul Brown.
Missing in action for Elite were the Godet brothers, young talented right back Benji and Arden ‘Cheeky’ Rivers. Elite still managed to field a strong team with the likes of National Team members such as the talented Ebanks boys Jedd and Jason, the skilful Calvin Jefford, strong defender Abijah Rivers also all around great players like Jairo Sanchez and the very talented Rene Carter.
This Sunday they will be an U-13 Select vs. U-17 National Women’s Team Exhibition Game at 5:30 p.m. And then the main event will be against an All Star team against Cayman’s U-23 in the next game starting at 7:00 p.m, again at the T.E. McField Sports Complex. The All Stars will include Lee Ramoon, Arden ‘Ceeky’ Rivers, Rene Carter and Dion Brandon.
Coach Ernie ‘Gillie’ Seymour is the U-23 and U-20 national coach. He said: ‘I am happy with the game played by this talented group of young men I have to privilege to coach.
‘We have kept this group of guys together for a while allowing them to jell together as a family. They have a couple of areas we have to work on and they are leaning from their mistakes leading up to the AC Milan Continental Cup tournament in Cleveland, Ohio on July 2-5.’
Elite coach Greg Ebanks said: ‘I saw some good potential growth for the U-23 team and I see where this team can go places, it would be good if they were given the financial support.
‘I was really impressed with the U-23 performance they played great attaching football. I want to commend the two Seymours (Coach Gille and his son Antwan) for the great job they are doing with this group of young men. I suggest that we give this team the monetary support they need. I would like this team to stay together for years to come.’
Antwan said: ‘I have been with this team since they started training together in the later part of 2007. There have been ups and downs we have lost a few players since then but we have also gain some valuable assets to the team also.
‘It is games like this that makes me proud to be the manager of such a talented group of young men. Men that I consider to be like little brothers to me.’