Top team Women’s United copped their second title of the season last weekend.
They won the Cayman Islands Football Association Women’s FA Cup Knock-Out competition by stopping defending champions Sunset FC 5-1 last Sunday at the North Side playing field.
It was Sunset who took the lead with a goal from Tanya Chapman in the 15th minute after she capitalized on a defensive error and placed the ball out of the reach of Women’s United keeper Judy Rivers.
The Bobby McLaren coached Women’s United team who easily turned back Future SC 3-0 in their semi-final, resolved to turn the match around and immediately stepped up the pace applying all the pressure necessary to equalize in the 42nd minute with a goal from Shekeina Bush.
Women’s United were awarded a free kick form 25 yards out. McLaren told Bush to take a shot and what a shot it was as the crowd watched in awe as the ball floated straight through the pigeon hole into the back of the net to level the score.
The champions returned during the second half with added confidence and with determination to keep their unbeaten record, taking the game to the next level and taking over most of the ball possession.
In the 50th minute the prolific goal scorer Shanel Gall made her mark dismissing the Sunset defenders and scoring to bring the game to 2-1. This changed the pattern as the young girls most of whom represent the national Under-17 team, took over the game and were all over Sunset who were no match for the fitter Women’s United team.
Somali Hall was next on the score sheet in the 65th minute after rifling a shot pass the exhausted Raquel Miller who had to face the battle alone with a dismantled defense line.
Three minutes later it was Gall again after receiving a ball from Shekeina Bush, navigating her way through Sunset’s defense line and sending the ball to the far post to bring the game to 4-1.
As if this was not enough for the Women’s United supporters and parents who were wild with jubilation Ashani Francis placed the icing on the cake by bringing down the curtains with a goal in the 90th minute.
Manager of the team, sports devotee Bernie Bush expressed after the game how proud he was, congratulating the team and coach McLaren while thanking all the parents and supporters who worked closely with the team for success.
‘Women’s United worked hard, congratulations to the coach, parents and supporters for their hard work and cooperation. It would be great if this kind of effort could be carried over into the national programme by those who are selected to participate and represent the Cayman Islands,’ Bush commented.
McLaren, who captured his fourth title for the season, making history as the first coach to have accomplished this level of success in one season on the island, was too overwhelmed.
He said: ‘I am just happy for these girls, their hard work and attitude has paid off. They are an exceptional group of girls who are like a close knitted family who have always placed God in charge of their games.’
Sunset’s head coach of two years, Alan Purvis, said he was proud of the girls although they lost.
‘We played an excellent first half but the equalizer was what created the change in the result of the game,’ he said. ‘This changed the focus of the team as these young players were physically fit and my team could not keep up with them and luck was not with us.’
Purvis added: ‘I am proud of the Women’s United team they have played exceptionally well throughout the season setting a higher standard for this competition. Their level of fitness is great and superior to ours we will have to try and match up with them next season and try to retrieve the title.’
In a brief ceremony after, Women’s United were presented with the trophy and medals at the end of the game by Joel Francis Assistant Chief Officer in the Ministry of Sports and Education under the watchful eyes of President of the CIFA Jeffrey Webb.