President’s Cup reaches semis

The President’s Cup may be a new trophy for Cayman’s top football teams to battle for but it looks likely the usual suspects who reach the latter stages. 

George Town Sports Club and Bodden Town aim to recapture their prolific scoring form in the President’s Cup semifinals after finding out their opponents in last week’s draw. 

George Town drew Elite Sports Club and ever improving Sunset meet league and FA Cup champs Bodden Town.  

Both first leg matches will take place at the TE McField Annex on Sunday Feb. 9. 

At the draw, George Town captain Ian Lindo expressed his desire to return to action with the same form his side ended 2013, unexpectedly at the top of the Premier League and undefeated after seven matches. 

In the opening round, a double strike from Miguel Simms helped Lee Ramoon’s side oust Scholars International out of the competition. George Town are traditionally a good cup side but lacked consistency in the league. Not this term. Partly thanks to central defenders like Leighton “Rumpy” Elliott, they are not leaking goals anymore.  

Lindo said, “When we return to action we have to get back the focus we had before the break. At George Town we are a fun club and we have mixed that with a much more focused mentality. This combination has led to more success on the pitch which we hope to recapture against Elite.” 

Elite’s Dwayne “Gaza” Wright expects a stern challenge from George Town. 

“We are comfortable with the draw against George Town. Every team brings a challenge but we are ready,” said Wright, the reigning Most Valuable Player of local football and the league’s leading scorer in the last three seasons. 

In the evening’s opening fixture Bodden Town lines up against Sunset. Coach Elbert McLean’s Bodden Town side were propelled by double strikes from Theron Wood and Ricoh Brown in a 6-0 drubbing of Academy Sports Club. 

Bodden Town manager Kennedy Kelly said good preparation is key to his team’s chances of winning. 

“We have to prepare the best we can,” Kelly said. “Sunset is a good team holding their own in the Premier Division and the first time we met this season they held us to a draw. We intend to let our playing do the talking.” 

Sunset defender John Bruton and general secretary Kevin Poole represented the club at the draw. 

Bruton said, “Bodden Town is a strong opponent and we expect a difficult game. On our day, we can match any team and progress to the final. Before the season’s break, we were on a bit of a run which we hope to continue. It starts with the belief that we can do it.” 

Poole said, “Sunset has done well since our promotion to the Premier League. We look forward to the challenge of facing Bodden Town.” 

Second leg matches are on Sunday, Feb. 23 and the final is on Wednesday, March 5.  

George Town Sports Club and Bodden Town aim to recapture their prolific scoring form in the President’s Cup semi-finals after finding out their opponents in last week’s draw. 

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Elite’s Dwayne “Gaza” Wright is the reigning Most Valuable Player.
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