The 2019 Cayman Islands Football Association Boys Under 11 regular season concluded Saturday, with 345 FC I claiming the championship following a 3-1 victory over Sunset FC Warriors at the Annex Field.
It was only fitting that the two regular season group winners would face each other in the final, and the high level of youth football on display was certainly a treat for fans in attendance.
The game itself was not a classic, but both teams gave it their all in stifling heat. The 345 FC I forwards found the Warriors’ goalkeeper Tommy Isbister in fine form, as his key saves kept the scores level for much of the first quarter.
345 finally made the breakthrough in the 13th minute as Kyan Okoli found space between the Warriors’ defence to slot home the opening goal. Sunset’s Jaxon Cover equalised in the 20th minute. but a minute later, Kyan scored his and his team’s second goal to regain the lead.
345’s Harry Narborough grabbed a third in the 50th minute to seal the Under 11 championship, but not before Sunset’s Charlie Isbister made the game very interesting with a 52nd minute goal. Unfortunately, it was ‘too little too late’ as 345 FC I held on for the win.
In the Boys Under 11 third and fourth place game, Academy SC Wanderers overcame 345 FC II 5-3 in penalties, after both teams could not break a 1-1 deadlock after extra time.
Academy’s Ijah Jennings opened the scoring in the 19th minute but 345’s Jhaiyre Willis equalised in the 24th minute. With the score tied at 1-1 after full-time, 10 minutes of extra time could not separate the teams.
The Wanderers sealed third place, scoring four of their five allotted penalties with Joshua Bryce, Oliver Cooke, Kai Robinson and David McLaughlin finding the back of the net. In response, 345’s Leon Frank and Kai Armstrong were the only two to score from the penalty spot, not enough to prevent the Wanderers from lifting the third place trophy.
In the first of two Girls Under 11 FA Cup semi-finals, Sunset FC Fusion secured their place in next Saturday’s final with a 3-2 victory over their clubmates Sunset FC Stingrays. Harper Nelson opened the scoring for the Fusion and Olivia Thorpe added a double as Fusion raced to a 3-0 lead. The Stingrays fought back as Jazzy Woodford and Emily Woolfe each added a goal, but they could not find the equaliser.
In the second semi-final, Academy SC overpowered George Town SC 6-0 as Emily Hasbun, Millicent Hoffman, Maddie Jamieson, Siena Kelly, Estella Ridley and Olivia Ridley secured the win and a place in the final against Sunset FC Fusion.
In the Boys Under 13 league, Academy SC Stingrays defeated Bodden Town FC 6-1.
A full schedule of CIFA youth league action continues Saturday with the Girls Under 11 FA Cup final, Boys Under 11 FA Cup first round and Boys Under 13 and Under 15 league and FA Cup action.