George Town always have one of the most competitive sides in the Cayman Islands Premier League, with an outstanding record in the cups. But they rarely challenge for the league championship because of inconsistency.
Kevin Moore is a striker George Town have relied on for years and this season the 35-year-old Caymanian hopes he can score regularly enough to raise them from mid-table mediocrity.
George Town are blessed with plenty of striking options, including Tex Whitelocke, Miguel Simms and Justin Pierre. Moore is the most versatile.
Although George Town could only manage a drab 0-0 draw against Roma United at the TE McField Annex last week, Moore is confident they can seriously challenge for the league title and oust champions Scholars International, who they played on Sunday night.
The George Town squad has been refreshed and there is a positivity running through the squad.
Moore has been a footballer since he was a tiny boy with George Town Primary School. A GT player in his teenage years, he has only played for one other team – Academy Sports Club – for three or four seasons.
A lightning fast forward, his quick feet and slight frame are often too much for the bigger, slower defenders.
He is frequently fouled as a result, yet the wiry construction worker always bounces back up and rarely shows any emotion toward the offenders.
“My size, everyone always asks how I do it because I’m so skinny,” he laughs. “But I love it. Wouldn’t want it any other way.
“What fun would it be if it is not physical? That’s why we call it the Premier league.”
Sometimes used in midfield, Moore is happy just to be on the pitch.
“I play wherever I’m needed,” he said. “I might not be as good in some spots but it’s not about me, it’s about the team. But I mostly play on the wings or up top.”
George Town’s strong team spirit is why Moore believes this could be the season when they put together a string of good results.
Their cup success led them to play in the Caribbean Football Union club championship a few years ago and Moore thoroughly enjoyed the experience of higher level matches.
“One of the highlights of my career was when we played in that tournament and made it to the second round and my son was there to celebrate that with me.
“But to be real, every time God blesses me to touch the field and play ball is a highlight for me.”
His personal ambition this season, as always, is “to win it all and stay positive and try not to get hurt.”
As a kid he used to be a track and field all-rounder, excelling at long jump, triple jump, 100 meters and 200m, cross country and high jump, hence his ability to play in virtually any football position.
Moore has mixed views on the state of Cayman football. He loves playing, evidently, but feels to make the setup here better, “we need leaders who want to see football better in Cayman, not who are just in it to get what they can.”
He also wants to see more opportunities for the youths to progress in the game.
In the meantime, he will line up against Scholars on Sunday in the 7 p.m. match at the Bodden Town field. The earlier game at that venue is Roma United against Sunset.
Elite Sports Club play Cayman Athletic at the Ed Bush field in West Bay at 7 p.m.
Academy play Bodden Town at the Annex at 7 p.m. The earlier match there is a women’s game between Elite and Alliance. The other women’s game on Sunday is Sunset against Scholars at Ed Bush at 5 p.m.