In the Cayman Islands Women’s league Scholars and Cayman Islands National Team playmaker Jetena Bodden helped spearhead a standout defensive performance on Saturday as Scholars International became the first team this season to take points from Elite Sports Club.
Bodden is normally used as an attacking threat for both club and country but against front runners Elite she was assigned a defensive role against Elite’s Shanice Monteith. The two know each other well as they both play for the Cayman Islands under 20 National Team.
Monteith is more accustomed to getting on the end of crosses supplied by Bodden than being on opposing sides. Nevertheless, the game was played in good spirit and they shook hands at the end.
Shanice Monteith manufactured a few half chances out of nothing but nothing clear cut. Scholars were still riding high after picking up their first win of the season last week over Future SC. Mid-way through the first half a heavy fall from Elite’s Courtisha Ebanks resulted in an injury delay.
The second half was much more of the same; Scholars held their defensive line well and kept their shape. Club captain Martika Williams rallied her team and led the back line with Jetena Bodden and Shelia O’Connor. Elite finally managed to create some opportunities in front of goal, substitute Nikki Ebanks setting up Shanice Monteith for her and Elite’s best chance in the 76th minute. Scholar’s goal keeper Kristina Seymour was alert and saved well.
On the balance of play a draw was a fair result. Scholars are unbeaten in two games and have picked up four points against Future and Elite moving up into third position in the league.
In contrast to this fixture the early match saw Sunset hammer George Town 6-0. Sunset are known for their possession football and they used the ball well to create plenty of opportunities.
Gisela Gamba stabbed home the first for Sunset, a Mya Romilowych cross found its way through a crowd of legs and Gamba tapped home in the 10th minute. Twelve minutes later a mirror image of the first created the second for Sunset, this time Gamba spun in the box after receiving the cross and fired the ball top right.
The goal of game came in the 27th minute. Charlotte Horne’s 35-yard free-kick stunned George Town keeper Marline Willians who was helpless as the ball powered by her. It was an unstoppable strike by Horne who now has three goals this season.
Early in the second half Gisela Gamba completed her hat-trick. Mya Romilowych again the provider as she crossed low for Gamba who was in the right place yet again to put her team 4-0 up. Sarah Pinches got in on the act in the 56th minute to make it five before substitute Diana Willington came on to score in the 76th minute.
Going into week 6 of league play Sunset now have an opportunity to go into the Christmas break top of the league. Current league leaders Elite SC have a bye week so a win for Sunset over Future by two or more goals will see them go top of the pile heading into the festive break.
Scholars will look to continue their good form as they take on bottom side George Town this coming Saturday.
Cayman Islands Women’s League: Week 6 Fixtures
Saturday 10 December: 5pm: TE McField Annex: Scholars International v George Town
7pm: TE McField Annex: Sunset F.C. v Future
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