FA Cup win caps Academy U13’s undefeated run

The youngsters of Academy Sports Club’s Boys’ U13 ‘A’ team capped an undefeated season by winning the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) FA Cup. Academy ‘A’ defeated Sunset FC 4-0 in the final on 10 June.

“It was a very entertaining match with some very good football being played by both the Academy and Sunset youth players”, said Academy coach Paul Byles. “The scoreline does not tell the full story because the Sunset players made the match very challenging,” he said.

Academy’s Jacobbi Tugman opened the scoring within 10 minutes of kick off and forward Mathew Lloyd-Hickey added a second goal before halftime.

In the second half Tugman scored a second goal followed by a wonderful team effort which led to the fourth goal by Academy’s midfielder Manny Duran.

Academy’s U13 team also won the league after going undefeated for the entire season.

It’s been a great run for the club’s youth teams this season. The U15 boys won their FA Cup, its U11 girls team won their league, the U17s were FA cup runners up, and U11 boys were FA cup semi-finalists.

The older players have given the youngsters something to aspire to, with a finish in the top half of the Cayman Premier League table this season, the men’s side plays in the Men’s FA Cup final on Sunday, 17 June, against this season’s league champions, Bodden Town FC.

“Our regular club season for most youth teams has now officially ended but we are now focused on preparing the teams for our annual summer trip to the USA Cup in Minnesota in July,” Byles said.

This year, the club will be taking six teams to the USA CUP: U10, U12, U13, U15, U17 and a girls U12 team.

“It takes a huge effort to send so many players to an international tournament and we wish to thank everyone in the local community that helped by buying raffle tickets, donating and helping these kids,” Byles said.

“We are a voluntary organisation and it takes a lot of work by many individuals to make the programme successful not just as a football club but as a community programme for our youth where they learn to appreciate our values on education, discipline and learn many off the field life skills,” said Academy Sports Club’s head coach, Virgil Seymour.

Byles also thanked all the Academy coaches for another great season. We of course have to extend a thank you to all of our incredible coaching staff. Thanks to Greg Brooks (U11), Finigan Bryan and Jonah Ebanks (U11), Nonso Dike (Girls U11), Logan Seymour (U13B), Virgil Seymour (U17) Glen Whewell and Jack Brazil (Men’s Team),” he said.

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