Solomon hat-trick caps brilliant Bodden Town season

Bodden Town’s excellent youth
football policy has paid dividends again with the Under-17s sweeping to an FA
Cup and league double.

In the FA Cup final at the TE
McField Annex Bodden Town beat Cayman Athletic 3-2 with all their goals coming
from inspirational skipper Karl Solomon. Both Athletic goals were scored by Matthew
Subaran. Athletic were also runners up to Bodden Town in the league, five
points behind. 

Bodden Town coach Elbert McLean is
pleased with the excellent performance throughout the season by his youngsters,
many of whom will still be eligible for the U-17s again next season.

McLean said: “We’re only going to
lose four players to the Premier League side next term so it bodes well for
this team to have another good year. Most of them have come up from the
Under-13s.

“We will lose Solomon, Jerome
McLean, Anfernee Wright and Naoki Montoya, who have all played well, especially
Solomon and McLean who have been exceptional. This team is a mixture of
Under-15s and 17s and they will get better.

“Solomon is a versatile player who
you can put anywhere. He certainly has an eye for goal and if he stays focused
has a bright future. McLean is another versatile player who I’ve seen come up
from primary school level and has a lot of potential.”

Bodden Town’s youngsters have had
another great year and the Premier League team even though mostly teenagers
have proved themselves outstanding prospects for the future by beating pro team
River Plate of Puerto Rico 1-0 in one leg of the Caribbean Football Union Cup
in March. They lost the other leg 2-0 but made history by being the first
Cayman team to win a match in the tough competition.

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Solomon captained Bodden Town to dou-ble triumph
Photo: Ron Shillingford
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