Wood keeps Bodden Town in front

Bodden Town Football Club remain in the driver’s seat for a local crown. 

Cayman’s reigning national champions registered a 1-0 win last Sunday over George Town Sports Club in week 12 of the 2013-2014 Cayman Premier League. Theron Wood scored the winning goal in the 56th minute. Put on by the Cayman Islands Football Association, the competition sees Bodden Town with 28 points atop the standings, ahead of seven other teams.  

The frontrunners are still unbeaten at 8-4-0 while George Town have now suffered two straight losses and sit second in the league at 9-1-2. Wood continues to lead the race for the golden boot with a league-high 20 goals this season. 

There were three other matches last Sunday, all of them ended in draws. Scholars International Soccer Club finished 1-1 with Cayman Athletic Sports Club. David Conolly put Cayman Athletic ahead in the 35th minute before O’Neil Taylor equalized in the 68th minute, his eighth goal this year. As a result, Scholars remain third at 7-4-1 while their opponents sit in last place at 0-2-10. 

Elite Sports Club and Academy Sports Club enjoyed a scoring feast that ended 3-3. Elite dominated the opening minutes as Carlos Andrade (31st minute) and Dwayne ‘Gaza’ Wright (42nd minute) provided an early lead. Jamiel White would score in the 43rd minute for Academy. Jairo Sanchez gave Elite another two-goal cushion with his strike in the 55th minute before Fabian Malcolm answered in the 63rd minute. Academy would narrowly avoid defeat thanks to a Fabio Gall goal in the 90th minute. Elite sit fourth at 5-3-4, with Wright’s 12 goals being second-most in the league, while Academy are sixth at 2-2-8. 

Sunset Football Club and North Side Football Club rounded out the action with a 1-1 draw. After a scoreless first half, the game came to life late as Rob Crockett gave Sunset a brief lead in the 61st minute before Floyd McKenzie equalized in the 67th minute. 

League matches continue on March 9. In Bodden Town, Scholars face George Town before Bodden Town challenge Elite. At the T.E. McField Sports Center (commonly called the Annex) in George Town, North Side face Cayman Athletic before Sunset tackle Academy. 

Outside of the top flight, local football action continues in the 2013-2014 Masters League and the 2013-2014 Women’s League. Through two weeks, Scholars top the master’s segment at 2-0. Sunset are second at 1-1-0, the referee association sit third at 1-1 and 0-1-1 Boca Juniors Football Club, 0-1 George Town and 0-1 Bodden Town have yet to register a win. Dwight Moxam of Scholars and Alwin Brooks of the referee association are joint top scorers with three goals apiece. 

Sunset, 5-2-0, top the women’s category through seven weeks, ahead of 2-3-2 Elite, 2-1-4 Scholars and 1-2-4 Future Sports Club. Shanelle Frederick of Elite, who was part of the national team at the recent CONCACAF Under-20 women’s championship, has a league-high nine goals. 

The 2013-2014 Women’s President Cup tournament is in its closing stages with Sunset scheduled to face Future on March 5 at the Annex in the final. Sunset got past Scholars 1-0 in the semifinal draw, with the only goal of the two-leg draw coming from Natalie Simpson in the second minute of stoppage time last Saturday. Future took out Elite 2-0 on aggregate with Shenel Gall (78th minute) scoring in the first leg before Janel Ebanks (88th minute) sealed the outcome in the second leg. 


Theron Wood headlines the Bodden Town attack.


O’Neil Taylor is one of the league’s top scorers. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD


Jairo Sanchez scored a pivotal goal for Elite.