Little Sergio reaches the heights

Traditionally goalkeepers are tall,
agile characters, with a streak of bravery bordering on the insane. They have
to be to endure the physical hardships of 90 minutes of war. Yet one of the
tiniest players in the Premier League is the Future Sporting Club keeper and at
5ft 4in little Sergio Contreras has so far done well for his club even though
they’ve only picked up one point in their three opening games. They drew with
George Town on Sunday, lost 2-1 to Scholars International the previous week and
were defeated 1-0 by Roma United in their first game.

A five-year veteran at Future,
Contreras, 27, is in his first season as keeper mainly because no one else was
willing to go between the sticks. He has been a midfielder and centre-back in
the past but in his Honduras homeland he was often a keeper there as well. “I
enjoy being keeper,” he said. “High balls don’t give me too much problems. When
a cross comes over, I can get it. I can touch the crossbar.” He works in
construction and next year expects to be rolled over to return to Honduras to
grow crops.

Last weekend’s games were the usual
package of flair and intrigue. Newcomers East End Football Club celebrated their
first victory on Sunday when they defeated Tigers 2-1 at the Ed Bush Stadium in
the third round of the Cayman Islands Football Association Premier League and
Roma lost to Bodden Town 2-1 at that same venue.

At the TE McField Sports Centre
Annex former champions Elite were on a goal scoring spree for the second
consecutive week when they beat defending champions Scholars International 5-3.
Alex Belcher scored again for Elite, his sixth of the season having knocked in
five the previous week in their 7-1 drubbing of Bodden Town. In the other game
played George Town came from behind from the penalty spot to draw 1-1 with
Future.

East End’s technical director
Thiago Cunha praised the team’s coach Paul Tugman and manager Darcia Hamilton
for their efforts in keeping the team together at this level adding that the
players were relieved to have won their first game against a strong Tigers
team.

“The Premier League is running
excellent with the eight best teams on the island. If we keep the competition
at this level football will develop more. It was amazing how East End fought
hard to get to the Premier League level. We are blessed and feel very happy to
have won our first game. “East End is a very young side everyone is happy the
district is happy also. It was amazing to see how the players and supporters
reacted after the win. I congratulate them for their efforts as we prepare for
the clash against Scholars International this weekend.”

Elite are league leaders with seven
points, Roma have six, George Town are on five, Bodden Town and East End on
four, Tigers and Scholars International three and Future on a single point.

Games continue this Sunday at the
Ed Bush Stadium when Tigers face Bodden Town at 5pm and Future meets Elite at
7pm. At the TE McField Sports Centre Scholars International meet East End at
5pm and George Town host Roma in the feature game at 7pm.

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Contreras is not intimidated by bigger players.
Photo: Ron Shillingford