The first round of the FA Cup is played this weekend which means every football team in the Cayman Islands gets a chance to go for the coveted trophy. Won by George Town over the past two seasons, they looked unstoppable in all cup competitions having won the Digicel Cup too in that time. But Elite took the Digicel Cup last month and this season Scholars International have an exceptionally strong squad and Bodden Town’s kids are maturing rapidly.
First division teams join the Premier League sides. On Saturday, at the TE McField Annex, East End face Cayman Athletic at 5pm and Future take on Cayman Brac at 7pm. On Sunday at the Ed Bush stadium in West Bay, the 5pm kick off features Prospect against Academy and the later match is between Scholars International and North Side. Sunday’s matches at the TE McField Annex are between Sunset and Bodden Town in the early game and Tigers and Elite in the second match. George Town and Roma United got byes. They will play in the second round games on Sunday 1 April.
George Town midfielder Garth Anderson feels his side are capable of winning it again. “For sure we feel we could make it a hat-trick,” he said. “We’re getting back in shape, getting fit and the chemistry is right.
“Although our league form hasn’t been great, everybody in the team wants to win the FA Cup again. On any given day we can beat any of the top teams and we feel we can go all the way again.”
The Premier League’s top marksmen are looking to add to their tally. Top of the list is Dwayne ‘Gaza’ Wright who despite a foot injury in recent months has still notched 15 for Elite. Yefry Calderon is Bodden Town’s reliable central defender and occasional captain. He has netted- 11 so far this term, mainly from set pieces.
Mark Ebanks is always a nuisance to opposition defences for Scholars Intertnational and he wants to add to his nine. Tigers would be struggling if not for the eight goals Miguel Simms has enjoyed. Then on seven come Alex Belcher (Elite), Fabian Malcolm (George Town) and Paul Brown (Future).
But Elite took the Digicel Cup last month and this season Scholars International have an exceptionally strong squad and Bodden Town’s kids are maturing rapidly.