Scholars thank Kelly in thriller

Scholars International will face Bodden Town in the final of the 2011 Cayman Islands Football Association Under 21 FA Cup competition after two epic semi-final games.

The final is scheduled for Sunday 24 July at the TE McField Sports Centre at 7:30pm and promises to be a marvellous display from some of the best youngsters in Cayman.

Scholars International came from behind with an equaliser from the prolific Dan Kelly in the 81st minute to place his team safely after trailing from Jamaal Seymour’s 45th minute goal. The match was drawn 1-1 and went into extra time.

The game got even more exciting as both teams fought hard to get the clincher. It was in the 110th minute when Axel Dominguez netted for Scholars to give his team a 2-1 cushion.

However, that was removed in the 115th minute when referee Alfredo Whittaker pointed to the penalty spot after one of the Scholars International players clearly handled the ball inside the box.

It was Dave McLaughlin who stepped up and fired the penalty shot pass keeper Demione Rankine to level the scores. At the end of extra time the game was still 2-2 making way for the dreaded penalty shoot-out. The final score was 5-4 to Scholars.

In the game played at this same venue between Bodden Town and Roma, Bodden Town basically took a stroll, easily defeating Roma 4-0.

Both teams had chances early on, ending the first half goalless, however, during the break coach Elbert McLean seemed to have had strong words with his team resulting in Bodden Town taking a different approach when the game resumed.

In the 52nd minute Bodden Town weree ahead through Rashad Rankin. National goalkeeper Ramon Sealy, playing centre forward for a change, came off the bench and scored in the 71st minute, followed by Kareem James in the 81st. The last goal which was an own goal was scored in the 87th minute after the ball deflected off the body of one of the Roma players.