Tottenham Hotspur dominated local side Sunset FC in their opening match of the Cayman Airways U-14 Invitational Youth Cup on Tuesday, the second day of the tournament, which also featured two highly competitive fixtures.
Gillingham FC 2, Academy SC 1
Jahmai Griffiths scored his third goal of the tournament, the second-minute strike giving Academy SC the early advantage. Nine minutes later, Harry Laing found the back of the net for Gillingham.
After the break, Toby Bancroft collected the ball in the box and drove it past Maxwell Twight in the Academy goal, giving Gillingham a 2-1 advantage. Twight made a number of second-half saves to prevent Gillingham winning by a wider margin.
Gillingham FC picked up their first win of the tournament after losing to Cavalier Soccer Club (Jamaica) on the opening night. Academy lost for the first time after a 4-1 victory over the team from Dallas, Texas, on Monday.
Harbour View FC 1, REV Soccer Club 1
REV star Ben Lessert continued his impressive form, scoring his first goal on a breakaway, driving it low and hard past Recardo Laing in the Harbour View goal early in the first half.
Laing prevented Lessert from doubling the lead a few minutes later with a save from a close range shot.
Ronaldo Robinson tried to bring the Jamaican side level, but missed just high and wide from about 35 yards out before carving through the REV defense and putting the ball into the side of the net.
Kellijah Morgan shook off defenders and fed the ball to Shawn Daley, whose near-certain equalizer was denied by REV keeper Elliot Brown.
Preserving a 1-0 lead into the second half, Brown made a few key saves to help the Minnesota side stay ahead. Harbour View dominated the possession, but hit the goalpost on several occasions.
The Jamaican side got a chance to equalize in added time when a REV defender was whistled for a handball in the box. Romaye Davis stepped up and put his penalty kick into the back of the net to tie the score just before the game ended.
Tottenham FC 7, Sunset FC 0
Tottenham jumped on the offensive from the start, dominating possession early with tactical play. Tarrelle Whittaker scored to make it 1-0, then Chukwunonso Madueke doubled the lead a few minutes later before Whittaker headed another home, bringing the score to 3-0 at the half.
Lucas Burke, constantly under pressure in the Sunset goal, made a few solid saves early in the second half before Dennis Cirkin, Madueke, Joshua Setchell and Jamie Bowden put the game out of reach, giving the English side a comfortable win in their first match.
It was Sunset FC’s first loss, having drawn 0-0 against REV Soccer Club.