Cayman Academy wins goal-fest

Lucas Martinez-Ebanks scored twice and terrorized defenders all game long.

Cayman Academy overpowered John Gray High School Eights in a high scoring affair at the Annex on Thursday, 12 October, in the second round of the Dart Under 13 Boys High School Football League.

The green and yellow clad Cayman Academy team didn’t waste any time signalling their intentions to attack the goal, doing so in the first minute and getting the reward when diminutive forward Royrandy Giscombe opened his account.

JGHS Eights didn’t trail for long. Alejandro Holness beat the keeper from what appeared to be an improbable angle on the left side to equalise.

It was as though Cayman Academy were eager to not have it be a close encounter, as on the very next possession, Jeremy Scott put one into the back of the net to break the deadlock.

Jeremy Scott scored twice.

A little later, Lucas Martinez-Ebanks fired one on target that the keeper could not get a glove to and it was 3-1. Martinez-Ebanks secured his brace soon after when he collected the ball at the top of a crowded box, made some room and put his shot between the pipes for a 4-1 advantage that maintained until halftime.

When play resumed, Scott and Martinez-Ebanks continued to apply the pressure for Cayman Academy, giving their peers from John Gray more trouble than a math test in the final period of the school day.

Special mention must go to JGHS forward Trequan Kirchman, who persisted and gave his side a glimmer of hope. The pressure paid dividends, as Damian Ebanks got a goal to cut the lead to three goals.

But it was Giscombe who rediscovered his scoring touch and quickly extended the margin to 6-2. Ebanks, though, wanted to prove JGHS would not go down without a fight and got his second goal to reduce the lead to three goals.

With less than 10 minutes to play and his side solidly in control, Giscombe got his hat-trick for good measure, to give Cayman Academy a 7-3 win. This was their first win of the new league, having been beaten 3-0 by Clifton Hunter High School a week earlier. It was the second loss in a row for JGHS Eights.

In other action:

St Ignatius Catholic School picked up their second win of the season with a 5-2 triumph over Clifton Hunter High School. That was Clifton Hunter’s first loss, having beaten Cayman Academy 3-0 last week.

Cayman Prep defeated Cayman International School 2-1 to register back-to-back wins.


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