BT nicely poised to regain lead

The President’s Cup semifinal first legs kept Cayman’s top footballers busy on Sunday, and both games were close affairs, setting up interesting situations for the return legs in two weeks’ time. 

AT the TE McField Annex, Mark Ebanks scored both goals for Elite in their 2-0 win against George Town. His first was a beautifully placed low free-kick in the 21st minute and his second came in the 63rd minute.  

Alex Belcher got the solitary goal for Bodden Town as they struggled to contain Premier League newcomers Sunset.  

Bodden Town are double champs from last season but they have not found the same form this season. It is possible, though, that teams are fighting harder against the island’s top team.  

Bodden Town technical director Elbert McLean keeps his side focused and well prepared, and although they are not league leaders, they seem capable of repeating last season’s successes. 

BT drew plenty of games before Christmas. They are three points behind George Town but have not lost a game so far this season.  

With Theron Wood in the BT side, they also have the league’s top scorer. He is on 19 goals and hopes to add to that tally on Sunday in the 7 p.m. kick-off against George Town at the TE McField Annex. 

“If everything goes according to plan, we should beat George Town and be top of the league by Sunday night,” coach McLean said. “We are getting stronger with each round.” 

McLean is also looking forward to Bodden Town competing against the region’s best club sides in the Caribbean Football Union Club Champions competition next month. They will have to go to Puerto Rico for the first match.  

The early kick-off there is Sunset against North Side.  

At West Bay’s Ed Bush stadium, Scholars International faces Cayman Athletic in the early game and Elite takes on Academy in the later match.  

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Mark Ebanks got both Elite goals.

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Alex Belcher scored for Bodden Town.

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Theron Wood, left, gave Sunset plenty of problems. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD