Academy, Athletic split youth games

Kameron Bennett scores the game's first goal.

Academy Sports Club and Cayman Athletic Sports Club, who between the two of them appear to be keeping any semblance of youth football alive locally, split recent encounters at the Under 15 and Under 17 boys’ levels.


U15: Academy Sports Club 7, Cayman Athletic 1

On Saturday, 26 November, Academy’s U15 boys trounced Cayman Athletic 7-1 at the CIFA Field in Prospect.

From the moment the referee blew the opening whistle, Academy’s youngsters dominated the ball and kept Athletic’s defenders on their heels. While there was penetration, it took some time before the first goal. But when the ball found the back of the net, it seemed as though it wanted to take up residence there.

Kameron Bennett scored in the 22nd minute; six minutes later, Jayden Yearwood followed suit; and then minutes before the half, Corey Smith, who created most of the chances, ensured the referee would register his name with a 43rd minute strike. Jonah Sigsworth added his name in the 49th.

Corey Smith had a good game.

Corey Smith had a good game.

Jameer Seymour, who has been playing well in midfield, scored a beauty from a set piece to ensure Athletic was not blanked. Jacobbi Tugman responded for Academy with a brace (70 min, 78 min). Jackson Kirkconnell capped the scoring for Academy in the 79th minute.

It appeared to be a totally different Athletic squad, even though the players were the same, compared to a week earlier when they won 4-2 against Sunset FC.

There is not much time to assess the play of the Under 15s, as their season is only four games long – Academy, Athletic and Sunset are the only clubs fielding sides in that division. Bodden Town was initially listed but withdrew when the season began. It is also hard to expect much development from the players in the league, as they play the same opponent twice then that’s it for the season.


U17: Cayman Athletic 3, Academy SC B 0

Rico Bodden scored a pair to lead the way at the Annex on Monday, 28 November, as Athletic won 3-0.

Rico Bodden (file photo)

Rico Bodden (file photo)

Bodden scored in the 65th before Jabari Campbell doubled the lead 13 minutes later. Bodden tripled the lead in the 85th minute.

The Under 17 League is possibly in a worse state that the U15s. Two of the three teams are fielded by Academy Sports Club.

It is important to note that some younger players are among the better performers in the top men’s leagues but it’s reasonable to question how successful this trend will be with the feeder youth leagues, which are more developmental, are struggling. Added to the worries for youth football, there are no Under 13 and Under 11 leagues being played.

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