Bodden Town returned to winning ways domestically in the FA Cup over the weekend after three defeats in the Caribbean Football Union Club Championship in Puerto Rico the previous week.
Bodden Town are undefeated locally in all competitions this season but could only score twice, conceding 10 in their games in San Juan. They lost 0-5, 0-1 and 2-4.
Nevertheless, Bodden Town technical director Elbert McLean, is upbeat because his youngsters played seasoned, semi-pros who train full-time.
“It was all about getting my team the experience and exposure at international level and we achieved both,” McLean said. “The score in the games does not reflect my team’s performances. All the goals scored against us were in the first-half.”
McLean felt his players’ nerves worked against them more than anything. He felt once BT settled down they could match the skills and higher tempo.
He is also pleased that a couple of players have attracted attention from scouts and offers are pending.
Santiago Bush played center back for BT in the games. “The teams played at a higher pace than us, but even though we lost we didn’t get beat bad,” he said. “Everything else was good. They were a little fitter and played more intensely.”
Bush, 19, noticed that BT’s average age of around 21 was way below the other teams. “At least we’ll know what to expect next time, but I felt that nerves didn’t play a big part in it.”
He added that George Town being league leaders inspires them to focus on retaining their title.
Goals by Theron Wood and Yefrey Calderon against North Side gave BT a comfortable 2-0 win in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Coach McLean was at the TE McField Annex the following night to watch George Town cruise past Academy 4-0 also in the FA Cup.
Daniel Smith, Tex Whitelocke, Miguel Simms and Ariel Tatum got the strikes.
History was created in local FA Cup history in Cayman Brac when Future beat them on penalty after a 1-1 tie. The match started late because of flight delays and by the time extra time was played and penalties taken, it was well after midnight, so technically the match stretched over two days.
Scholars International beat Tigers 3-1 in their FA Cup draw, thanks to goals by Odaine Plinton, Oneil Taylor and Kyle Santamaria. Anthony Nelson scored for Tigers.
Elite beat East End 6-3 through goals by Brian Scott (2), Marvin Boothe, Jairo Sanchez (2) and Abijah Rivers.
Forde Pierson (2) and a Lloyd Rhoden own goal were East End’s reply.
In a pulsating game at the TE McField Annex, Roma beat Cayman Athletic 2-1. Roma marksmen were Gavin Reynolds and Gabre Dickens. Richard Reid got Athletic’s.
FA Cup quarter-finals to be played on Sunday Apr. 27 pit Future against Latinos and Elite against Scholars at Ed Bush.
The games at Annex feature Sunset against Bodden Town then George Town and Roma.
It’s a return to the league this Sunday. Elite face George Town at the North Side field, at 7 p.m.
At the Annex Academy play Scholars at 5 p.m. before Sunset take on Cayman Athletic at 7 p.m.