With the unforeseen disqualification
of the Tigers football club from the final of the 2009-2010 Cayman Islands
Football Association Digicel Cup Bodden Town will now meet beaten semi finalist
George Town FC.
The final takes place tomorrow at
the TE McField Sports Centre (the Annex) at 7:00pm.
According to CIFA it was discovered
that in the semi-final game against George
Town, Tigers fielded players who did not fully complete
the required registration procedures for participation in the CIFA Premier
League and Digicel competition.
This discovery led to the CIFA
Executive committee making the decision to award the George Town team, captained by Ian Lindo,
with a 4-0 score line and a place at the finals of the Digicel Cup.
Anthony Ramoon Player/Coach of the George Town team in response to questions posed to him
regarding this decision said “It’s a good opportunity for George Town to have a try at taking our first
cup for the 2009-2010 CIFA football season. It would be good to get this one
under our belt.
“Hopefully, on game day we will
come prepared and be victorious. Bodden
Town is on a winning
streak now playing very competitive football. They have been coming up with
some strong wins; we are getting back on our feet and should be ready for this
game on Ash Wednesday.”
Meanwhile Manager of the Bodden Town
team Kennedy Kelly was quite optimistic in his comments stating that he was
certain that Bodden Town can rise to the occasion and defeat George Town.
“It is unfortunate that the Tigers
team was hampered by the discrepancies discovered in their registration documents,
as we were looking forward to meet them at the final.
“However, facing George
Town is motivating for Bodden
Town as they have beaten
us twice in the Premier League games. We respect the George Town team but we are fully prepared to
rise to the occasion on Wednesday and take this title.”
Bodden Town outplayed
defending champion Elite beating them 3-1 in the first leg of the semis played
on January 10. In the return leg both teams played to a stalemate. With no
change to the scores in the return leg Bodden Town
advanced to the final 3-1 on aggregate.
This achievement is a first for the
young team, with prodigies like Luigi Hernandez, who have been turning heads and
raising eye-brows since last season.
The team coached by Elbert McLean
is a newcomer to the Premier League after being promoted from the First Division
last season; they started off slowly in the Premier League but through hard
training and dedication played well to reach this final.
During the preliminary stages Bodden Town
clipped top of the table team Scholars International 2-1 to reach the semis.
They dismissed the deflated defending champions and are well on their way to
holding this cup for the first time in the club’s history.
George Town who is in second
position in the Premier league were no match for Tigers at the semis defeating
Roma 4-2 on penalties after a 3-3 score at regulation and extra time.