Cayman face Jamaica in final

The group stages of the Heineken Sunday League World Cup were completed at the weekend with Cayman and Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz winning through to the final. 

Both teams completed a perfect record of three wins from their group games. 

Jamaica were too powerful for a Honduras team that were pushed back into their own half for much of the first half.  

Kiegel “Stamma” Atkinson again pulled the strings for Jamaica, providing assists for three of the four goals.  

That included the opening strike on six minutes when Atkinson swept the ball across the pitch for Gabre Dickens to run into the space where unchallenged he slotted past the goalkeeper.  

Soon after, Atkinson sent over a teasing cross for Gavin Reynolds who fired home first time from four yards.  

Despite their best efforts, Honduras were powerless to prevent the Jamaican attacks crafting openings and Dickens scored the third goal on 23 minutes.  

Reynolds claimed his second five minutes after the restart.  

Credit to Honduras who did not give up even when four down, and their endeavours were rewarded when Edgar Saul Andino pulled a goal back.  

Then Christopher Nunez Reeves added a second for Honduras, sprinting clear to fire home and judging by his elaborate celebrations was clearly a goal he enjoyed scoring. Jamaica won 4-2.  

These were the first goals conceded by Jamaica in the tournament and could have been a result of their minds wandering towards the final, but ultimately there was no real damage done with the game already safe after their explosive first half performance. 

Cayman have James Ebanks to thank for their place in the final after he claimed all four of his side’s goals in their 4-2 victory against India and in the process took his tally for the tournament to eight. Ebanks struck first after 14 minutes, only for India to equalize just before half time.  

Joe Alex got the last touch on the ball which fortuitously struck his back on its way into the goal. After the break, Ebanks hit three quick fire goals in six minutes to put Cayman 4-1 up and out of reach of a demoralised India side.  

Despite this, Effan Fernandes made it 4-2 towards the end of the game but still left India without a win and at the bottom of Group A.  

England claimed second place in Group A with their second win of the tournament after hitting Canada for five without reply.  

This was a disappointing outcome for Canada who expected a better performance with second place in the group up for grabs.  

England never looked back after Matt Kitchin put them ahead on the half-hour mark and Joel Edwards got a second before half time.  

Canada’s Peter Huber didn’t make things any easier for his side when he put through his own goal ten minutes into the second half.  

England grabbed two late goals, one each for Des Harris and Steve Lovell, to give a final score of 5-0. 

Italy made up for the disappointment of losing their first two group matches by beating a disheartened Ireland 4-1 at Ed Bush.  

Italy saved their best performance of the tournament for this game, in part due to their players at last gelling as they ran rampant against an Ireland side expected to put up a sterner challenge.  

Italy have Massimo Di Campli to thank for sending them on their way with two crucial goals. Youngster Luca Polloni showed his more experienced compatriots the way by scoring and Gianluca Cultera added another. Ireland’s consolation strike was from midfielder Dan O’Connor. Despite the win, Italy are were still condemned to bottom spot in Group B on goal difference from Ireland and Honduras who also finished on three points. 

This Sunday’s final will be played between Cayman and Jamaica, kick-off at 8.30 a.m. at the TE McField Annex, followed by the third place play-off between Honduras and England.  

At Ed Bush, the remaining teams will fight it out to determine the final placements in the tournament with Canada playing Ireland and India will be hoping for their first win against Italy. 

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Yaz Muratagic prepares to mount an attack for Canada against England. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

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