The FA Cup always springs surprises and the biggest one on Sunday was Cayman Athletic beating Bodden Town in an extra time thriller.
The quarter-final game at the TE McField Annex was pulsating from start to finish between two sides that play fast, open and attractive football. Kareem James opened the scoring for BT in the 22nd minute before Athletic’s 16-year-old wonder kid Christopher Ebanks grabbed two, in the 35th and 41st minutes – the second a penalty. Kyle Leon levelled for BT in the 74th to take the game into extra time. Kyle ‘Quagmire’ Santamaria, who had been dangerous throughout, sealed the 3-2 win for Athletic in the 104th minute. BT were forced to put striker Charlo McLean in goal because no regular keeper was available.
In the earlier game, FA Cup holders George Town faced last year’s finalists Roma United and should have won more comfortably than a Fabian Malcolm goal as late as the 78th minute.
At the Ed Bush stadium in West Bay First Division side Academy Sporting Club took a 3-1 victory over Future with goals from Ariel Tatum (11th), Justin Rankine (84th) and Emmanuel Brown (90th). Johnny Johnson scored Future’s in the 70th.
Games between Elite and Scholars are always tight affairs and this one was no exception. The last time they met two weeks ago it fizzled out to a scoreless draw in a Premier League game. This one was no exception and had to be settled on penalties with Scholars winning 3-1.
This weekend’s games return to the Premier League. At the Ed Bush stadium in West Bay bottom club Future Sporting Club must beat table toppers Elite to have any chance of avoiding relegation in Sunday’s 5pm game. Scholars International will no doubt be urging Future to win and then try to overhaul Elite’s top of the table placing on goal difference with as many goals as possible against visitors Bodden Town who can mathematically still win the league themselves.
Matches at the TE McField Annex start with Tigers against Roma United and finish with Cayman Athletic against George Town.