The Cayman Airways Under-14 youth cup wrapped up over the weekend, throughout the tournament there were many shake ups…brilliant goals and saves.
But for Dallas based football club IFFDC keeper Connor Bryant, the 5 day event came to an end sooner than he had expected after an accident in the very first match. But as luck would have it although Bryant was confined to the side lines…his team got help from an unlikely source.
It was the first night of the tournament visiting team IFFDC was going up against home team academy. Early in the game academy was up one nil, and after a few minutes of play, in the opening match IFFDC keeper Connor Bryant and Academy player Jahmai Griffiths collided.
Bryant’s leg was broken and he was taken to the hospital, for him, the tournament was over just as quickly as it had begun. His team would go on to lose that game 4-1.
Down a keeper, they needed to find a replacement and quick. So they looked for a suitable replacement here in Cayman.
The following day Jeri Bush was chosen as the substitute keeper for an international tournament he had only dreamed of entering. Later that same night he suited up and took to the field.
Bush told Cayman 27, “I was like kind of shy to talk to them but like come forward to me, and said hi their name. I was like in the bus just sticking to myself. I wasn’t like ‘hi my name is Mitchel’ I was keeping to myself.”
He says it had been some time since he dusted off his boots and played for a club, but none the less he went on to play. His team lost all except one match where they ended in a draw. In fact in one game they lost by a staggering 12-nil.
Despite his performance he says his team mates weren’t discouraged.
He said, “When I finished the game they congrats me about helping them and all that.”
He didn’t manage to secure a permanent spot on the team, but that’s alright, he says it was still a memorable experience.
“It was awesome. I was eager to know the team. I felt like if I did a good job I probably would have gotten a spot on the team but I wasn’t in shape,” said Bush.
As for Connor he is now home and doing well.