Athletic kids dominate awards

The Cayman Islands Football Association held its annual awards evening over the weekend and Cayman Athletic, the youngest team in the league, attracted most of the honors.  

The awards were handed out at the Marriott hotel on Friday and Athletic’s David Connolly was the individual with the most accolades.  

The 20-year-old striker received four coveted awards; Cayman Premier League Most Valuable Player, Under-23 Men’s League Top Scorer, U-23 Men’s League Most Valuable Player and U-23 Men’s FA Cup Most Valuable Player. Connolly was on national team duty in Haiti and unable to collect his haul in person. In the Premier League, Cayman Athletic finished third, although they were top for some of the season. They also won the FA Cup for the first time and their youth teams did exceptionally well too. Athletic and Elite provide the nucleus of the national team.  

Athletic’s technical director Ernie “Gillie” Seymour received the U-23 Coach of the Year for steering his side to the U-23 league title and for winning the U-23 FA Cup too.  

Seymour has done wonders with his youngsters in recent seasons. Apart from Connolly’s excellence, which included toping the Premier League scoring charts, many other Athletic players received awards too.  

Connolly has maintained his impressive scoring ability since playing for George Town Primary School, Seymour said. “He has matured and shown his true potential,” he said.  

Although Connolly will be heading to North West Technical College in Kansas in the fall to further his education, Seymour is unperturbed because he has a “feeder system” of young talent waiting to fill the void.  

Seymour intends to introduce brilliant striker Kareem Foster to a higher level, even though he is not 15 until September. “Part of my goal has always been to replace players who go off to school,” he said. 

Next season, Seymour expects more success despite any absences. He is thankful for great backing from sponsors and the families of the players who have mainly been together since 2006 when the U-13 side was formed. “Our motto is ‘Loyalty begins at home,’” said Seymour. “It’s not just the players but their families who have shown tremendous support.”  

Scholars International won the Premier League. They too picked up honors at the CIFA awards, including Coach of the Year for Colin “Dougie” Rowe who received it for the fourth time.  

Rowe was grateful for the award but feels his backup staff are just as worthy of praise, particularly Mark Beckford, Fred Ebanks and Antonio Smith. “Yes, all the decisions were made by me, but they held my hand to take me over the finish line,” Rowe said.  

Scholars only lost twice in the league in 21 matches – to Cayman Brac and Cayman Athletic. It was their consistency that kept them ahead in the last few matches when Athletic and Elite Sports Club faltered. Rowe feels he could help Scholars retain the title but intends to take a total break from football until at least the New Year. Unless his successor can maintain the momentum, the race for the Premier League title looks like it will be just as open next term as it was last.  



  • U13 Gold Goalkeeper of the Year – George Johnson (Elite SC) 
  • U13 Silver Goalkeeper of the Year – Bradley McLaughlin (BTFC) 
  • U15 Boys Goalkeeper of the Year – Albertini Holness (CASC) 
  • U16 Girl’s Goalkeeper of the Year – Ericia Burke (Alliance FC) 
  • U17 Boys Goalkeeper of the Year – Ronaldo McLauglin (Future SC) 
  • U23 Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year – Shakur Welcome (CASC) 
  • Women’s League Goalkeeper of the Year – Jovani Hessing (Sunset FC) 
  • Foster’s First Division Goalkeeper of the Year – David Lee (Academy SC) 
  • Cayman Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year – Danner Taylor (Elite SC) 



  • U13 Gold Defender of the Year – Jayden Ebanks (Elite SC) 
  • U13 Silver Defender of the Year – Kristofer Mason (BTFC) 
  • U15 Boys Defender of the Year – D’Andre Rowe (CASC) 
  • U16 Girl’s Defender of the Year – Chyanai Tibbetts (Alliance FC) 
  • U17 Boys Defender of the Year – Jordan Myles (CASC) 
  • U23 Men’s Defender of the Year – Corey Diaz (CASC) 
  • Women’s League Defender of the Year – Amy Mobley (Elite SC) 
  • Foster’s First Division Defender of the Year – Cadassie Pollard (North Side SC) 
  • Cayman Premier League Defender of the Year – Tom Elliot (Scholars ISC) 


League Most Valuable Player 

  • U13 Gold League MVP – Barry Dre Tibbetts (Elite SC) 
  • U13 Silver League MVP – Breshawn Watson (BTFC) 
  • U15 Boys League MVP – Kareem Foster (CASC) 
  • U16 Girl’s League MVP – Halle Medina (Alliance FC) 
  • U17 Boys League MVP – Clevin Bello (CASC) 
  • U23 Men’s League MVP – David Connolly (CASC) 
  • Women’s League MVP – Jessica Ebanks (Elite SC) 
  • Foster’s First Division MVP – Dwayne Wilson (North Side SC) 
  • Cayman Premier League MVP – David Connolly (CASC) 


Top scorer 

  • U13 Gold League Top Scorer – Gunnar Studdenhofft (Elite SC) 
  • U13 Silver League Top Scorer – Breshawn Watson (BTFC) 
  • U15 Boys League Top Scorer – Kareem Foster (CASC) 
  • U16 Girl’s League Top Scorer – Chelsea Green (Alliance FC) 
  • U17 Boys League Top Scorer – Jordan McLean (CASC) 
  • U23 Men’s League Top Scorer – David Connolly (CASC) 
  • Women’s League Top Scorer – Janel Ebanks (Alliance FC) 
  • Foster’s First Division Top Scorer – Andres Ruiz (Academy SC) 
  • Cayman Premier League Top Scorer – David Connolly (CASC) 



David Connolly won the most accolades.


Ernie ‘Gillie’ Seymour


Colin Dougie Rowe was awarded Cayman Premier League Coach of the Year.


Danner Taylor


Scholars International’s Tom Elliot won Cayman Premier League Defender of the Year.


Sunset’s Jovani Hessing won the Women’s League’s Goalkeeper of the Year.


Elite’s Amy Mobley is the Women’s League’s Defender of the Year.


Chelsea Green was awarded the U16 Girl’s League Top Scorer.


Ryan Jackson of Future SC is the U17 Boys FA Cup’s Most Valuable Player.

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