Cayman’s corporate giants suited up
recently as the annual corporate football league got under way.
Reigning champions Cayman National
Bank got the defence of their title off to a solid start with a comprehensive
4-0 win over Fidelity. CNB opened the scoring in about the 20th minute and
towards the end of the half they increased their lead with some neat
combination play at the top of the box. Ultimately goals would come from Ariel
Tatum (two), Justin ‘Hot Shot’ Pierre and Abraham Pierre.
Team captain Justin Pierre
commented “We still have some kinks to work out but it’s only the first game.
We were very impressed with the referees who really let the game play and made
Fidelity captain Martha Godet simply
stated “We got our behinds kicked but at the end we enjoyed the game. CNB has a
much stronger team this season.”
Last season’s runners-up First
Caribbean International Bank also got their season off to a solid start with a
convincing 4-0 with over Maples. The game was very open in the first half and
when it was all said and done FCIB should have put in a few more goals.
Goal-scorers on the night were Jairo Sanchez (two), Kemar Scott and Shane
FCIB team captain Alan Purvis
stated “It is always good to get off to a winning start but there is lots of
room for improvement. We will have to be a lot more organized and disciplined
if we want to take back this title.”
Maples captain Des Chisholm was
unavailable for comment. It is rumoured he is still in West Bay looking for his
midfield that went missing from early in the game.
Potential title contenders and the
self-titled ‘Butterfield Juggernauts’ got their season underway with a very
competitive game against a very dangerous looking Dart side. Butterfield showed
early endeavour and notched goal within the first 10 minutes after a simple
header from Zuri Darrell in front of goal.
Butterfield clearly benefited from
the wind in the first half as the majority of play was in the Dart half of the
field. They were able to hold their lead
until half time, however Dart were beginning to show greater confidence and
better ball possession as the half wore on. This reaped rewards in the second
half when they used their movement to carve open the Butterfield defence. Henry
Ebanks rumbled down the right flank and provided a perfect pass to Alejandro
Ruiz who fired home from 15 yards out. Not satisfied Dart kept up the pressure
on Butterfield and were rewarded when Gary Blake’s direct kick from a corner
eluded the goalkeeper and found the back of the net. Within the closing minutes
of the games the ball bounced favourably to Butterfield’s Dwight Moxam, who
found himself with a bit of space and rolling the back the clock 15 years he
smashed home an unstoppable shot from 30 years to rescue a draw for
Dart manager Karl Noble was very
happy with his teams performance and stated “Greater confidence with better
ball possession and player movement was the key to turning our game around. We
were disappointed not to come away with three points.” Butterfield general Dwight Moxam was
unavailable for comment. Word is he closed the whole bank to hold an emergency
team meeting to discuss his side’s performance. He was spotted entering the
bank armed with clipboards, wallcharts, presentations and videos of Argentina’s
Greatest Victories to show his players. Having been in training for six months
prior to the season starting this was not the start Butterfield had anticipated.