Manchester City FC won the 2016 Cayman Airways Invitational Youth Football Cup with an emphatic 8-0 victory over the Cuba National U15 team at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex here on Sunday.
Dominating the ball from the get-go, the youngsters from Manchester City took the early lead thanks to a 3rd minute strike from Bobby Duncan and never looked back. Duncan added another minutes later to double the lead. Taylor Richards kept up his impressive play from earlier in the tournament, scoring his ninth goal of the competition to make the score 3-0. Keyendrah Simmonds added two goals in the opening period to give his team a 5-0 advantage at the half.
Alain Portales Bastos made his team’s challenge even greater when he collected a red card in the 25th minute. Duncan added two second half goals, while Callum Hulme also joined in the scoring to bring the final score to 8-0. The two sides met earlier during the tournament in their final Group A match when Manchester City won 5-2.
Manchester City won all the personal awards: Captain Bobby Duncan edged teammate Taylor Richards in the scoring race with 11 goals to Richards’ nine. However, Richards was judged to be the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and Curtis Anderson won the Golden Glove award as the best goal keeper of the competition.
Earlier on Sunday, LA Galaxy beat Seattle Sounders FC in the third place match. Efrain Alvarez drove home his fourth goal of the tournament to give Galaxy the lead in the 23rd minute. The score would remain the same up to the break. Defender Togo Nakumura added to the tally in 43rd minute before Azriel Gonzalez scored in the 50th minute for Seattle to cut the lead to 2-1. Seattle’s Gianluca Busio narrowly missed the equaliser late in the game and Galaxy held on for the 2-1 win.
Other Under-15 teams participating in the Cayman Airways Invitational Youth Football Cup were: Swindon Town FC (England), Cavalier Soccer Club (Jamaica), Club Deportivo Victoria (Honduras), Academy Sports Club Select (Cayman Islands), IMG Academy (United States/Florida), Houston Dynamo (United States/MLS), Orlando City (United States/MLS), and DC United (United States/MLS).
The tournament was organised by the West Bay Sports Foundation.