Butterfield cash in

The new eight-a-side football tournament that mixes corporate teams with the best of John Gray High reached round three of the competition this week at Cayman Prep.

First up on Monday DHL took on Bank of Butterfield. DHL started the game looking like they had celebrated their basketball team’s national championship the night before a little too much.

Butterfield took advantage by dominating ball possession in the early stages. However Butterfield seemed content shooting from long range and for most of the first half did not trouble DHL keeper Mark Woollard.

That changed just before half-time when Dwight Moxam latched onto a through ball from midfield and smashed the ball in off the underside of the crossbar to put the team ahead.

In the second half Butterfield started where they left off: dominating possession. It was no surprise when Chad Ebanks stepped up and slotted the ball in off the far post to make 2-0 in favour of Butterfield.

Minutes later Dwight Moxam managed to shake off the attentions of his marker Hubert Reid and fire in his second goal of the game. With minutes remaining Jonathon Frazier saw his shot squeeze under the DHL keeper’s body, rounding off a fine performance with a 4-0 win.

On a very warm Wednesday evening John Gray High took on Maples. John Gray were out of the blocks fast in this game, scoring two goals in the first five minutes past keeper Ryan Ebanks.

First up was Damian Williams, who scored a rocket of shot after some fine build up play. Then Ruel Haughton got in on the action, using his physical presence to hold off the attentions of the Maples defence and launch the ball in the back of the net.

Maples were shell-shocked at first but started to get some solid possessions as they clawed their way back into the game. Jason Ebanks would start the rally with a fine goal before half-time.

The second half was a fast and tight affair as both teams squandered prime scoring chances. Maples got themselves back into the contest when the impressive Ebanks was on hand to score his second goal midway through the half and level the score.

The momentum of the game continued to swing back and forth. Another chance for Ebanks was off, then John Gray hit the post and then the crossbar before Jon Rew shot inches wide. The game ended 2-2.

Butterfield moved to top of the table with their win, Digicel are in second with DHL in third place.

This week DHL played John Gray High on Monday while league frontrunners Digicel and Butterfield square off tomorrow. Both games are at 5.45pm at Cayman Prep on Smith Road.