Bodden Town shake off the rust

Bodden Town seamlessly continued their brilliant form from last season, winning another trophy, the Community Shield, on Sunday. 

Two marvellous goals by Ricoh Brown in the 56th and 66th minutes sealed the 2-0 win against Elite Sports Club at the TE McField Annex.  

The traditional season’s opener pitted the Premier League champs – Bodden Town – against last season’s FA Cup winners.  

Elite were Cayman’s top side until two years ago when Bodden Town’s promising juniors started maturing.  

They have been unstoppable since winning virtually every domestic trophy available and getting international experience along the way. Bodden Town play in a tournament in far flung New Zealand in November so it is no wonder technical director Elbert McLean has worked them even harder than usual throughout the summer.  

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Even without Karl Solomon and last season’s top scorer Theron Wood, BT were hard to break down. 

Elite are intent on reclaiming pole position and settled into the match quicker.  

Mark Ebanks and Dwayne “Gaza” Wright troubled the BT defense throughout the first half with surging runs and clever inter-play.  

Elite had Jermaine “Tiger” Wilson back after a couple of years playing semi-pro in England and he showed that the experience was an invaluable one.  

Urged on by captain Abijah Rivers, it was a surprise that Elite did not score before the interval but after some helpful directions from coach McLean and a few adjustments, BT took control later on.  

Jamal Clarke’s pinpoint pass from midfield found Brown and his instantly hit volley flew past Elite keeper Joseph James for a fantastic goal.  

Soon after, Clarke again supplied a deft through ball for Brown’s second strike to wrap up the game.  

BT substitute Alfredo Cardoza hit the post near the end which would have emphasized the victory.  

Bruce Blake, first vice-president of the Cayman Islands Football Association, presented the Community Shield. 

Mark Scotland, Bodden Town’s president, said, “What’s good about this season is that a lot of the young players are getting into the senior squad now.  

“They were a little rusty because of the start of the season and also Karl Solomon and Woody were out. Ricoh scored two fantastic goals and it was a good game for the Charity Shield with a good crowd and I want to encourage the crowd to keep coming out this season, not just for Bodden Town.”  

The Premier League season starts this weekend and Bodden Town are at home – aka The Office – against newly promoted Cayman Brac on Saturday, with an 8 p.m. kickoff.  

League matches are still on Sundays but Brac games here are arranged for Saturdays. 

Scotland added, “It should be a good opportunity for the crowd to come out and the Brac has a big following here. They always did when they had their First Division matches here and people should come out to see a good game of football.” 

Community-Shield

Bruce Blake presenting the Community Shield to Mark Scotland. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

Elite-Team

Elite, back from left, Danner Taylor, Lloyd Rhoden, Dwayne Wright, Darvin Dixon, Abijah Rivers. Front, Jedd Ebanks, Alejandro Ruiz, Rolly Bodden, Mark Ebanks, Axel Dominguez, Jermaine Wilson.

Bodden-Town-Team

Bodden Town’s starting line up, back, from left, Andra Allen, Thomas Bush, Santangelo Bush, Ricoh Brown, Jefry Calderon. Front, Casey McLaughlin, Kareem James, Jamal Clarke, Wesley Robinson, Abraham Frederick. Goalkeeper: Michael Gourzong.
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