FA Cup hots up as women reach semis

Women’s cup football has reached
the FA CUP semi-final stage.

The 2010 Cayman Islands football
Association Women’s FA Cup semi finals will be played on Friday 23 April and
Saturday 24 April.

On Friday Scholars International
takes on Sunset at the Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay at 7pm and at 7:30pm on
Saturday defending champions Women United meet last season’s beaten finalists
Elite at the Camana Bay (DART) Play Field in Camana Bay.

The final is set for Sunday 2 May
at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex at 5pm.

President of CIFA Jeffrey Webb who
conducted the draw said: “The challenge faced by the women’s programme was the
reason for their success.

“We need growth and continuity for
future development for the women program. There is no instant coffee in
football it is the development process that brings out the success.”

Tina Foster, representative from
Women United said: “We had our challenges with injuries but we have managed to
build a good team now that everyone has healed from the injuries picked up
during the World Cup Under-17 competition. We are ready to defend the
championship facing any team that comes forward.”

Meanwhile, Alan Purvis coach of the
Sunset team was just as confident and boasted about Sunset’s position in the
league tables although the men’s side is facing relegation from the Premier

“We are confident in winning this
title that we held a few seasons ago. Hopefully the women will do their best in
keeping the Sunset flag flying high despite the situation that the men’s team
is in at this time.

“We can get past Scholars
International and go on to the finals regardless of whom we meet there.”

Chris Douglas coach of Scholars
International said: “We had a good win against Sunset recently and are prepared
to face them at the semis; however, it would have been better if we had drawn
Women United at this stage, as we wanted to play them.

“We are looking forward to playing
Women United at the finals.”

Women United defeated Future 3-1 in
the preliminary rounds while the other four teams were given byes leading up to
the semis.

Chelsea Brown took the lead for
Women United in the 15th minute while Shennel Gall netted twice in the 85th and
93rd minute. Breeann Wright scored the consolation goal for Future in the 49th

Presently in the Women’s League
standings Sunset are leading with 17 points followed by Future with eight
points, Elite are next with five while Women United and Scholars International
are trailing with four points each.

All interested companies
interested in sponsoring the CIFA Women’s Leagues are asked to contact the CIFA
office at 949-5775 or email [email protected] or
[email protected]