The FA Cup is reaching in England its final stages and so too in the Cayman Islands as the quarter-finals approach. The draw was made at the Centre of Excellence last Thursday and defending champions George Town were drawn against Bodden Town in the Cayman Islands Football Association FA Cup.
That match will be on Sunday 3 April, at the TE McField Annex at 7pm. The earlier match there is between Cayman Athletic and Roma United. The previous day at the same venue Prospect United face Academy in a First Division derby at 5pm and the later game is between East End and Tigers.
Bodden Town have a busy schedule in coming weeks as they will represent Cayman in the Caribbean Football Union Club Champions Cup. They face Puerto Rico’s River Plate Football Club in the competition’s preliminary stage at the TE McField Annex on 18 and 20 March, both games starting at 7pm,
The Champions Cup is an annual competition held between association football clubs from across the Caribbean. Bodden Town qualified for the tournament as the league runners-up last season. Premier League champions Scholars International declined to participate in the competition.
Bodden Town are mid-table in the league but look good in the FA Cup, a competition they won two years ago when they sensationally beat league and Digicel Cup winnners Elite.
Two weeks ago coach Elbert McLean’s side beat Cayman Brac 3-0 at their home ground, G. Haig Bodden Town Playing Field. Scorers were Danu Smith, Arvid Harris and Denny Bailey, all coming in the second half.
BT face unbeaten Elite on Sunday in Bodden Town, kick off 7pm. Elite only need one more victory to secure the league title but coach Elbert feels certain they will upset the West Bay side’s celebrations. “According to how we’re playing and training I am convinced that we are going to cause an upset,” he said.
“We let them off the hook and only lost 4-3 last time and that was without Theron Wood and Luigi Hernandez (who are on trial at semi-pro side Ashford Town in London).
“Since then we’ve improved our defence, forward line and got a regular keeper. We started the season off badly because we didn’t have a designated keeper but we’ve sorted that out now.”