George Town’s joy of Tex

The prolific Tex Whitelocke’s lone
goal was all George Town needed to capture the coveted Cayman Islands Football
Association 2010 FA Cup over Tigers, last Sunday at the Truman Bodden Sports
Complex.

Whitelocke scored early on to hand
the FA Cup to George Town for the fourth time.

Leading up to the final, Tigers in
a keenly contested semi-final struggled to beat Elite 6-4 in extra time after a
4-4 deadlock at regulation time while George Town turned back First Division
team Latinos FC 2-0 to reach the final.

Both teams were competitive from
the first sound of Jamaican FIFA referee Courtney Campbell’s whistle.

George Town, anxious to add another
trophy to go with the Digicel Cup, were grateful to Whitelocke who eluded the
Tigers defence line and fired a perfect shot past stunned keeper Edgardo
Fuentes.

Kirk Rowe, Richard Grant and Jose
Luis Bush played their hearts out going forward for Tigers, but keeper Clay
Coleman kept them out and Fuentes prevented occasional George Town raids.

Aluisio Gustavo, Ian Lindo, Fabian
Malcolm and Mitchie Williams all had attempts for George Town.

Both teams made substantial
substitutions but this could not change the damage that man of the match,
wearing number 13 Whitelocke had already done in the 13th minute. The trophy
was collected by George Town captain Ian Lindo.

George Town head coach Lee Ramoon
was happy with the result and admitted that it was a tough game. “I feel good
but feel better for the players who worked hard to achieve this level of
success in this season,” Ramoon said.

“They have worked assiduously
taking two titles. It’s unfortunate that we did not capture the Premier League
title but the ball is round and some days any team can beat us if we do not
turn up to the game focused and with the right attitude, we will pay the price
for that lapse. 

“Come next season our intentions
are to try to keep the same group of players together it’s a great synergy. We
will be inviting new players to join the club and hopefully maintain the level
of enthusiasm that the team exhibits now.”

Tigers president Walter Hernandez
said: “Frankly, I feel the defeat was due to the egotistical approach the team
took in the first half of the game.

“This resulted in us giving up an
early goal which was the deciding factor. We regrouped and played a unified
type of game this camaraderie helped us to play a goalless second half. The
team fought well and that is behind us now. 

“Our focus is now fixed on keeping
this “Delta Force” together while improvising on the quality and amount of
players we have at both Senior and Youth level for next season. This was a
great season for us despite our hiccups.” 

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