Tigers pounce to reach Digicel final

The Digicel Cup final will feature
the two most improved teams in Cayman in what promises to be a great match.

Young Bodden Town will meet Tigers
in the final of the Cayman Islands Football Association Digicel Cup on Ash
Wednesday 17 February at a venue soon to be announced.

Bodden Town outplayed defending
champions Elite beating them 3-1 in the first leg of the semis played on 10 January.
Last Sunday at the Annex, both teams played to a 0-0 stalemate in the return
leg, so Bodden Town advanced to the final 3-1 on aggregate.

This achievement is a first for the
young team who have been turning heads and raising eye-brows since last season.

The Elbert McLean coached team
started off slowly in the Premier League but through hard training and
dedication played exceptionally well to reach this level.

At the preliminary level Bodden
Town clipped top of the table team Scholars International 2-1 to reach the
semis and took it to the defending champions from the get go.

Tigers drew 1-1 with George Town in
the first leg of their semis. They came all out in the second leg on Sunday as
well and made no mistake in finding the back of George Town’s net, winning 5-1.

It started in the 9th minute when
Alfredo Maradiaga scored the opening goal for Tigers followed by Alexis Espinal
on half-time.

 In the second half Espinal completed his
double in the 55th minute. Rolly Bodden made it 4-0 in the 62nd minute but George
Town captain Ian Lindo pulled back one for George Town in the 65th minute
bringing some life to the game.

Carlos Powell placed the icing on
the cake for Tigers in the 70th minute.  

Both coaches are positive that they
will take the title on Ash Wednesday.

Elbert McLean said: “It feels really
good to be at our first Digicel final but I am not surprised as these players
have been putting a lot of hard work into their training.

“I am going to make sure my team is
well prepared for Ash Wednesday. Tiger is a technical team and they are playing
well but the ball is round and on match day anything can happen.

“We are looking forward to a very
competitive game when Bodden Town will certainly let the playing do the
talking.”

Carlos Vargas assistant coach of
Tigers said: “Basically the results are due to hard work and the team’s efforts
in training regularly. This attitude can be pinpointed as the essence of our
success so far.

“They have been executing the games
plans according to the training they receive. We will continue to work harder
to lift our first cup of the season. Bodden Town like any other team cannot be
underestimated but we will prepare ourselves for victory at the final on Ash
Wednesday.”

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Theron Wood is one of Bodden Town’s best strikers.
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