The President’s Cup final pits two of the most successful cup teams in recent years against each other next month after they came through exciting semifinals on Sunday.
Bodden Town won the inaugural President’s Cup competition last year, and they are confident of retaining it at the TE McField Annex on March 9 when they face the always entertaining Roma United.
BT have won the Premier League for the past two years but trail in fourth place this season. Reaching the President’s Cup final has inspired them.
BT beat Cayman Athletic 4-2 on Sunday at the Annex in the second leg of their semifinal clash and clinched the tie 5-2 on aggregate.
Striker Charlo McLean found the net for the second straight President’s Cup fixture, opening the scoring for BT in the 20th minute. Nine minutes later, the Cayman Islands Football Association’s leading goal scorer David Connolly equalized.
After the break, BT went ahead again when Ricoh Brown converted a 48th minute penalty and Danu Smith scored in the 54th to make it 3-1.
Jamaal Seymour brought Cayman Athletic back in the game in the 63th with his strike. A spirited fight was on, but BT veteran defender Yefry Calderon confirmed his team’s return to the championship match with a goal in the 87th.
In the other highly charged semifinal, Roma needed goals on either side of the half to hold off a hard-nosed challenge from Sunset to win 2-1. The first leg had ended in a 2-2 draw.
Roma grabbed the advantage early with Cohen Daley finding the target in the 14th minute. Sunset found their rhythm after the goal and both teams produced a treat for the fans, who witnessed a seesaw battle in the first half.
Roma were in command after the break but had to wait until the 76th minute to score again.
Jamar Dickens was on target this time for Roma. Sunset showed their tenacity, and Alfredo Challenger gave them hope in the 81st minute, although Roma absorbed the pressure to go through 4-3 on aggregate.
It’s back to Premier League action this weekend. Cayman Brac are hosts to Cayman Athletic on Saturday. Roma play Bodden Town in the early game at the Annex on Sunday and George Town face Elite in the later game there. At the Ed Bush field in West Bay, Scholars International play Sunset at 7 p.m.
David Connolly has notched 15 goals this season for Athletic. Dwayne “Gaza” Wright is second top scorer with 11 for Elite, and seven have been scored by Tex Whitelocke (George Town) and the BT strikers Theron Wood and Ricoh Brown.