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Cuba takes U15 Youth Football Cup

| 09/05/2017 | 0 Comments
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Cuba’s captain York Bullana receives winner’s trophy from Dave Scott of Cayman Airways

(CNS Local Life): The Cuba National U15 Team defeated Manchester City 2-1 Sunday, 7 May, at Truman Bodden Sports Complex to lift the 2017 Cayman Airways Invitational U15 Youth Football Cup. Anderson Cabello scored the winner for Cuba in the 66th minute, sparking emphatic celebrations on the field and the bench. Cuba’s captain, York Gonzales Bullana was named the tournament MVP, while his teammate, Jarion Gonsales Cabrera, won the Golden Glove Award for the best goalkeeper.

After a scoreless first half, Manchester City took the lead five minutes into the second when Max Bardell scored a header. Two minutes later, Cuba equalised thanks to Yasniel Rodriguez before Cabello found the back of the net to give Cuba the win over the 2016 champions.

Dave Scott, vice president of flight operations for Cayman Airways, presented the champions with their medals and the winning trophy.

Earlier on Sunday, Cavaliers Soccer Club (Jamaica) defeated IMG Academy (Florida) 3-0 in the third-place playoff.

Other competing teams were Alchemy DSC (Minnesota), Bahamas Tottenham Hotspur, Cayman Islands National U15 Team, DC United, Harbour View FC (Jamaica), Houston Dynamo, La Ceiba FC (Honduras) and Trinidad & Tobago National U15 Team.

The tournament, organised by the West Bay Sports Foundation (WBSF), was played at three venues in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac from 2-7 May.

“We’re pleased with the quality of football played over the past few days and we’re delighted that fans were able to enjoy an amazing week of football,” said WBSF co-founder Mervin Smith. “We’re also happy that the Cayman Islands National U15 Team got some valuable match experience ahead of the CONCACAF U15 Championships this summer.”

Planning has already begun for the 2018 tournament.

FINAL GROUP STANDINGS

 GROUP A

TEAM P W D L GF GA GD POINTS
Cavaliers Soccer Club** 3 3 0 0 13 2 +11 9
IMG Academy** 3 2 0 1 10 5 +5 6
Cayman Islands 3 1 0 2 7 9 -2 3
Alchemy DSC 3 0 0 3 1 15 -14 0

GROUP B

TEAM P W D L GF GA GD POINTS
Manchester City ** 3 2 1 0 6 4 +2 7
Houston Dynamo 3 1 1 1 7 6 +1 4
D.C. United 3 0 2 1 3 4 -1 2
Trinidad & Tobago 3 0 2 1 4 6 -2 2

GROUP C

TEAM P W D L GF GA GD POINTS
Cuba Federation ** 3 2 1 0 14 4 +10 7
La Ceiba F.C. 3 2 0 1 9 5 +4 6
Harbour View F.C. 3 1 1 1 11 4 +7 4
Bahamas Tottenham 3 0 0 3 1 22 -21 0

** Semifinalist

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Category: Football, Sports, Youth

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