CYDEC Conference 2019

Football: Academy edge Elite 2-1 to take Under-21 FA Cup

A goal by Jayden Downey in the 42nd minute helped Academy Sports Club edge Elite Sports Club 2-1 Saturday (11 August) in the finals of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) Under-21 FA Cup.

In the 28th minute, Elite’s Cody Ebanks fired from distance outside and left of the box to beat Academy keeper Jacob Whewell for an early 1-0 lead. In the 40th minute, some superb from Academy ended with Alex Loginov streaking down the left side to gather and bury the tying goal.

Moments later, a flurry of action inside the Elite box saw Downey tap the winner past the outstretched Elite keeper to secure the victory. Afterwards both Loginov and Downey credited the team’s preparation.

“We made sure we got our tactics right. We supported each other, even when they scored the first goal we still got back up, scored two more and held the play, and played heads up” said Loginov.

Downey, who is headed to Florida’s Montverde Academy, says it was the perfect way to finish the season.

“This is my last year at this club, so it felt great to score the winning goal and get us our trophy just before I leave. I didn’t think we would come up short, we had our game plan and we stuck to it.”

Academy Sports Club has now won 2018 titles in six titles in five different age groups for the season:

Under 21 – FA Cup winner
Under-11 Girls –  Champions
Under-11 Boys – Champions
Under-13 Boys – Champions






About the author

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). It was in this role where he was able to craft the immersive and enthusiastic approach to reporting, broadcasting and production you see here today in Cayman's sports community.

Jordan has also worked behind the scenes for a number of Canadian broadcasting & production companies such as CBC Sports, Cineflix Productions and Cream Productions.

Did he mention he was St. Clare of Assisi's 1994 Athlete of the Year?

Now dubbed 'The Sports Guy', Jordan relishes the role as Cayman 27 Sports Producer, where he can tell the stories of Cayman’s athletes. You can reach Jordan at 333.6521 or

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