Islands Corporate Football League saw little changes at the top.
Defending champions Cayman National
Bank continued their winning ways with a 3-0 win over PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
The bankers got off to a good start with a great finish by the ever youthful
James Ebanks in the 10th minute – rumoured to be his first goal in some 20
In spite of that goal the PWC
keeper was outstanding as CNB hit the post and the cross bar a total of four times
with the goalie getting his fingertips to each of those shots. CNB finally
increased their lead when they were awarded a penalty early in the second half
and Arial Tatum blasted it home with authority.
A little later there was a mix-up in the PWC box and CNB were able to
sneak another one past the keeper.
PWC skipper Richard Crozier
commented after the game “Clearly the better team won the game. I felt like we
did well to keep the score down although our man of the match was definitely
the crossbar as it saved us about five times. Special thanks to our two ladies
Carolyn and Elizabeth who I pretty much had to kidnap to come and play (as both
had never played football before) but both did very well.”
CNB skipper Justin Pierre was very
happy with another three points, as he stated “we had to spray a couple of the
older guys down with WD-40 prior to the game starting but it made a big
difference as you couldn’t tell James was able to score his first goal in
Fidelity registered their first win
of the season with a 4-2 goal-fest against UBS. Fidelity was the first to break
the deadlock with some nice ball work through the centre by Metchie Williams,
finding Donovan Godet who showed no hesitation in taking the opportunity to
open his and Fidelity’s account. Godet would end up netting another goal before
the half. Williams got a goal from great individual play. UBS got goals from
Declan Daley and Chris Day and gave up an own goal.
The game was also not without a
little controversy, with an incident involving Fidelity’s keeper and referee
from last week, Alfredo Whittaker. In an uncharacteristically lenient decision,
he decided not to send himself off after a robust challenge on a UBS attacker
in the second half. It may have been the correct decision but that didn’t
prevent some spirited “debate.”
Fidelity team captain Martha Godet
was very pleased her side’s performance stating “We showed great character and
team spirit to keep fighting and finally pull away at the end. We’re sending
young Metchie Williams off to boot camp for a week to get him in top physical
condition. He’s not allowed any more Oxtail until the season is finished.”
Sylvester Dube, UBS team captain,
was disappointed with his team’s loss. “We showed good character to come from
behind twice but gave away some soft goals and left ourselves too much to do in
the end. Its only our first game and hopefully we’ll get better starting next
Butterfield answered critics with a
4-1 thrashing of Maples. Butterfield showed early endeavor and were rewarded
when a defensive error allowed Dwight “Bigdog” Moxam to latch onto a loose
backpass which he collected and calmly finished after only three minutes of
play. He would end up netting one more goal with team-mates Zuri Darrell and
Kenzel “BeBe” Dixon joining the score sheet. Maples got a goal from Gabriel
Butterfield’s player-coach and team
captain Dwight Moxam said “Our man of the match goes to Chesley “Burlee” Ebanks
however mention has to also be made to the continued outstanding play of
Nicholas “Rookie” Ebanks who only joined
us this year.” Maples stand-in coach
Dominic Whittaker said “poor defending allowed Butterfield three cheap goals.
My granny can run faster than Ian Comins.
We have to defend better if we want to have a chance of wining games.”
Having taken points from
Butterfield last week, the impressive Dart team took more points from a
misfiring First Caribbean International Bank side thanks to a nil all draw.
Players of note for FCIB were Jairo Sanchez and Kemar Scott. Dart had a solid
showing from Alejandro Ruiz.
Dart General Manager Karl Noble was
happy with the result, saying “it was a difficult game and we managed to hold
on for a draw. FCIB controlled the midfield especially during the second half
of the game however they were unable to convert the possession advantage into
goals. We’re looking forward to tackling CNB next week as the team strives to
improve its play with the return of key team members.”
FCIB Player-Manager Alan Purvis was
critical saying “When you dominate games and make as many chances as we did you
would expect to win the game. To come
away with only one point is disappointing. We need to bounce back with a convincing
performance in front of goal in our next game.”