BT plan cup grab

Bodden Town has resurged to prominence after being haunted by years of unsuccessful bids at the coveted titles of the Cayman Islands Football Association competitions.


Hernandez is BT skipper at 16. Photo: Ron Shillingford

They will meet the awesome Elite, the most successful team this season, in the FA Cup final.

The stage is set and the game is scheduled to be played on Sunday May 3 at the TE McField Sports Centre, aka Annex at 7:00pm.

Bodden Town have risen from the agony of defeat, shaken off their Cinderella tag and are now in a good position to take the FA Cup for only the second time in 42 years.

This is their third final in this competition as in 2003 Bodden Town were defeated by Scholars International 2-1.

Bodden Town in 2001 defeated Scholars International 3-0 with two goals coming from Bobby Webster and one from Dwayne Seymour to lift the cup for the first time.

This First Division team boosted by mainly youths, has under the expertise of coach Elbert McLean, developed tremendously over the past three seasons with momentous efforts and look likely to be promoted to next season’s CIFA Premier League competition.

From the start of the competition Bodden Town made their presence felt, Cayman Athletics 7-2 in the preliminary rounds.

Their next opponents were Premier League team Tigers who they easily brushed aside 4-1. In the semis they sealed the issue in the seventh minute against another Premier League team Latinos clipping them 1-0 with a goal from O’Neil Grant to reach the finals.

Can these young boys halt the superb Elite team who have already captured two trophies this season?

To accomplish this task Bodden Town would have to get past the likes of Rene Carter, Abijah Rivers, Jairo Sanchez, Ever Scott, the Godet brothers, Nicholas Ebanks and keeper Joseph James.

Big performances will have to come from players such as Theron Wood, Luiji Hernandez, Arvid Harris, Kareem James, Charlo McLean, Oniel Grant, Andrew Jackson and Ramon Sealy to take it to the Elite team from the get go.

Coach McLean said that he was pretty confident that his team will do well in this final. McLean also pointed out that he would be making sure that he prepares his team fully as preparation is key in this game adding that once a team is prepared they will perform well.

Bodden Town is a relatively young side which is formed from the core of the Under-17 national team. These players have been playing together for the past five years and are like a family. Centre back Hernandez is only 16 but he is the captain.

McLean indicated that the success of Bodden Town so far was not easy and it should be credited to the entire coaching staff namely manager Kennedy Kelly, Assistant Coach Al Frederick, President Mark Scotland, Physiotherapist Lanny McLaughlin and the entire Bodden Town community who have worked assiduously with the club in every aspect.

‘On Sunday May 3 Bodden Town will be going out on that pitch to do their best and come home with the trophy. These boys are ready for this final and with God’s will I see no reason why they cannot beat Elite for this one,’ McLean stated.