Athletic kids just keep rolling

Cayman Athletic Under-17 boys had another triumphant season under coach Ernie ‘Gillie’ Seymour, going undefeated in winning the league and securing the FA Cup again last week.

Athletic beat Academy 4-0 in the FA Cup final at the TE McField Annex with goals coming from Anfernee Wright, David Connolly, Gillie’s son Jamaal Seymour and Christopher Myles.

The starting team was Shakur Welcome in goal, defenders were Ernie Jacques, Roshain Anderson, Rayshawn Connor and Mathew Forrest, midfielders were Matthew Suberan (captain), David Connolly, Anfernee Wright and Jovanni Ramsay and up front were Jamaal Seymour and Joshewa Frederick.

The subs were Kevin Foster, Christopher Myles, Jordan Bellwhite, Donito Zelaya, Phillip Mitchell, Romario Campbell and Malik Rowe.

Cayman Athletic scored over 100 goals throughout the season with Jamaal Seymour top scoring with 23. Athletic’s U-15s also won their league championship and were also undefeated for the fourth season straight and will play in the U-15 FA Cup Final on Saturday for the fourth consecutive year. Joshewa Frederick is that league’s leading scorer with 16 goals.

On top of that Cayman Athletic’s senior side have survived their first season in the Premier League after a shaky start which included a 10-1 drubbing by Elite.

So all in all, Gillie has plenty to be thankful about. “The nucleus of the U-17 side have been together for three or four yeas and they really gelled,” he said. “This is the final year for some of them, like Suberan, Connoll, Forrest and Wright. Most of them already play in the senior team.

“Their success comes from the fact that I really work them hard. We regularly train on the beach and do a lot of technical and tactical work. Some of them have the potential to be pros abroad but they must be prepared to put in the hard work to do so.

“In Europe and the US the players are mentally as well as physically very strong. They also need to get into a weight training programme. Jamaal is 16 in June and he will need to go on a power training programme now.”

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