Manchester City emerged over the weekend as champions of the 2016 Cayman Airways Youth Football Cup.
City beat Cuba’s Under-15 National team 8-0 Sunday (15 May) in the championship match played in front of roughly 1,500 people at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, in George Town.
Bobby Duncan scored four goals in the win, while Keyendrah Simmonds scored twice and Taylor Richards, and Callum Hulme added one goal apiece.
Manchester City outscored opponents 30-5 in five matches played.
The English Under-15 champions cleaned up in the tournament’s awards as well: Duncan, the team Captain, won the Golden Boot award with 11 goals in the tournament. Richards was judged to be the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, while Man City keeper Curtis Anderson won the Golden Glove award.
Cayman’s Academy SC Select team did not advance to the semifinals but did draw in all three of its group games. Academy finished level with CD Victoria (1-1), IMG Academy (2-2) and MLS franchise Seattle Sounders (2-2).
“It was a brilliant experience,” Academy player Jack Slater said. “It was an honour to play against huge teams like this. I think we did our club and country very proud as we went undefeated in every game. I’ll cherish this moment forever.”
The LA Galaxy finished third place in the tournament after beating the Seattle Sounders 2-1 in the third-place match.