It was a unique sporting between a group of private schools in the Cayman Islands and Clifton Hunter Further Education Centre.
The Under-18 football match featured a private schools team of students against an all-star team of government schools students.
The game was hosted by Cayman International School and organised by school principal Jeremy Moore and Des Matthews from Cayman Prep and High School.
All of the 16 students selected to play for the private schools side were representing six private high schools from across Cayman; namely Cayman Prep and High School, Cayman International School, St. Ignatius High School, Hope Academy, Grace Christian Academy and Cayman Academy.
The private schools team was coached by Des Matthews. The Government school all-star team, which also had 16 players, was selected from eligible students attending the Clifton Hunter Further Education Centre and were coached by Head of Physical Education Ralph Birkmyre.
When push came to shove, it turned out to be a very closely fought 11-a-side game. The pitch was fantastic and the game had more than a all-star feel to it on a Wednesday afternoon after school. Cayman Islands Football Association referee Levi Allen officiated the 90-minute contest.
The private schools team came away with a 2-1 win in a competitive game full of quality that showcased the best of young football talent in Cayman.
The private schools goals were scored by Colby Seymour from Cayman Prep and the winning goal was scored by John Ebanks from Hope Academy. Man of the Match, as chosen by coach Birkmyre, went to Aaron Kennedy from St Ignatius School.
The match was the second event organized under the Private Schools Association, following on from February’s successful seven-a-side football tournament hosted by Cayman International.
All of the private schools students were selected by their coaches based on the performance, attitude and sportsmanship that they showed at the earlier tournament.
Ultimately organizer Matthews expressed his thanks to the players and schools involved.
“I’d like to thank all the schools for putting their players forward and particularly Cayman International and Jeremy Moore for hosting the match,” Matthews said. “Congratulations to the students from both private and public schools who displayed commitment, character and sportsmanship.
They are a credit to themselves and their schools. The game was fully enjoyed by both sides and both coaches hope that this will lead to more competition in the future.”