Scholars International Sports Club’s women’s side won the FA Cup in a nail-biting final against perennial rivals Sunset over the weekend.
Saturday’s match at the TE McField Annex was won 2-1 by the young West Bay side, many of whom are still teenagers.
A confident Scholars, coached by Mario Walter and led by captain Kaela Ebanks – who recently signed for a two-year scholarship at South Georgia State in the fall – were intent on thwarting all-conquering Sunset, who had already won the league and President’s Cup.
Scholars boasted a wealth of experience in players like Arie Smith, Jetena Bodden, Annie Rankine, Chelsea Whittaker and outstanding goalkeeper Kristina Seymour.
In superb form too were Susani Lucas, Brytanni Lawrence and Shanai Allen, all feeling they had a point to prove.
With the support of players such as Kimberly Salgado, Sheila O’Connor, Felicia Bodden, Maritza McLaughlin and Mahalia Seymour, it was evident there was no lack of additional ammunition.
Scholars took the lead in the 16th minute when a Sunset player handled in the box. Scholars forward Tatiana Ramoon scored from the penalty before Sunset’s Rebecca Catterall equalized in the 70th.
Sunset was unable to make any further threat with Seymour in top form in goal, and it seemed only a matter of time before Scholars would score again as they took their game to a frustrated Sunset used to dominating local games.
In the 82nd minute, left-back Brittany Bodden, scored from 30 yards for the winner, floating a brilliant shot over keeper Jovani Hessing.
Scholars manager Lucille Parchment said: “We always believed in this team’s ability and no doubt we have a few of the best talents in the league.
“Leading up to this match, we decided to focus mainly on boosting confidence and building on teamwork and it paid off.” Parchment added that the past four cup games against Sunset were close and it was “just a matter of time” before Scholars won.
“We had a different strategy and played our game as planned,” she said. “We had more confidence this time and it paid off.”
Although Sunset dominated the league again, Parchment said that if not for injuries to key players after a good start to the season they would have done better.
“We have a strong core, but we are looking to recruit more players in the future.”