First Division team Bodden Town have upset the form books and reached the FA Cup final.
They clipped Premier League team Latinos 1-0 in the semis of the Cayman Islands Football Association FA Cup on Sunday at the Annex in George Town.
Bodden Town join Elite in the final scheduled to be played on May 4 at the Annex.
It was the unfamiliar O’Neil Grant’s lone goal which made the difference in this tightly contested match which could have gone down differently if lady luck were not on the young Bodden Town’s side.
Grant struck in the 7th minute after infiltrating the defense line of the Latinos players.
Mitchell Grant the central defender of Latinos was more than a match for Bodden Town who charged into Latinos half several times.
Latinos must be licking their wounds having missed at least five goals which according to some spectators must have been the act of God why they were not scored.
All of the regular goal scorers from the Latinos team with the likes of Alfredo Challenger, Luis Jose Bush, Allean Grant and Victor Chicas got their fair share of chances but just could not capitalize on them.
In the dying moments the game was even more one-sided but the 1-0 score line was already in place. At the end of regulation referee Francisco Coehlo blew the final whistle much to the relief of the jubilant Bodden Town team and supporters.
After the game a beaming head coach Elbert McLean said: ‘I am pretty confident that my team will do well in this final. I will be making sure that that I get them well prepared. Preparation is key in this game and as long as we are prepared we will perform.
‘The game against Latinos was a good one, they got their chances but did not turn them into goals and that was why they lost. I will be preparing my team mentally, physically and spiritually. I know it will be a tough game but I will let the ball do the work.’
President of Latinos Monique McLaughlin said: ‘All in all I thought it was a very good game. Latinos had a lot of chances at goal which weren’t successful but I must say the one chance Bodden Town had, they took it and it was successful and that is all it took, one goal in this case.
‘I didn’t feel too let down by the loss. I was quite proud to play against Bodden Town and pleased at their success of the youth team. They certainly deserved the win.
‘I must congratulate Latinos for their determination in being consistent throughout the game. I thought they played very well.
Elite had to dig deep to knock out Sunset FC 5-3 in extra time in the other semi.
It was Elite who went ahead in the 20th minute with a goal from Hank Parchment after capitalizing on a lapse in the Sunset defense line. Fifteen minutes later Sunset leveled the score with a goal from Chris Ordalis.
The game became more intense, Sunset went two up when Elites midfield defender in his desperate effort to keep Sunset out netted an own in the 37th minute to end the first interval 2-1 in favor of Sunset.
The Elite boys were not going to give up hope as three minutes into the second half Hank Parchment completed his double after he followed through on a loose ball and slipped it into the back of Sunset’s goal to level the score again.
The game became a tight rope as both teams walked the walk with the finals in sight. Elite’s Calvin Jefford and the Godet Brothers were marked closely along with Jairo Sanchez but they did not fail to go forward when the occasion arose.
Chris Ordalis and Declan Cassidy gave Nicholas Ebanks and Abijah Rivers a difficult time keeping them at bay.
In the heat of the moment it was Elite who took the score to 3-2 with a goal off the boots of the deadly Donavan Godet in the 51st minute but this was short lived as Ordalis equalized in the 65th minute to end regulation time with a tie.
One team had to win therefore it was extra time at the Annex with the crowd going wild.
Referee Kenville Holder restarted the game and in the 92nd minute substitute Arden Rivers made his debut taking the score to 4-3. As if that was not enough the West Bay boys went into overdrive and ended the score 5-3 with the skilful Calvin Jefford netting a well earned goal in the 104th minute.