In their opening round match in the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) President’s Cup, Alliance Football Club’s Nathan Ebanks provided what could be goal of the year.
Trailing 1-0 in the first half, Ebanks struck a massive 45-yard set piece past the George Town keeper to level the score. Ebanks says it required a little bit of motivation.
“We had one in the area before, coach told me to take it, but I didn’t,” said Ebanks. “Coach was screaming for me to take the next one. I would say I have a good foot to take free kicks.”
The goal was the 20-year old’s first of the season. After playing to a 3-3 regulation draw, Alliance would go onto win in penalties. Ebanks says the miraculous strike lifted the spirit of the squad.
“I lined up, saw the keeper was off the line, struck it with all my power, and scored,” said Ebanks. ” It gave me confidence the rest of the game, and the whole team played good.”
Alliance will now play Academy Sports Club Wednesday (13 February) starting at 7:00 p.m. at the T.E. McField Sports Complex. Ebanks says there is a moral to his story.
“I should really have listened to my coach the first time.”
View the remaining 2019 President’s Cup schedule here.