The Cayman Islands Football Association season kicked off with the men’s and women’s Charity Shield matches at the TE McField Annex on Sunday.
Sunset women got their revenge on Scholars International, beating the West Bay side 2-1 after overtime in the first game.
Sunset won the league and President’s Cup last season and Scholars prevented them from making a clean sweep by winning the FA Cup in a closely fought match.
A rejuvenated Sunset, intent on claiming all the trophies this term, started superbly thanks to two brilliant goals from Martha Hall (57th and 113th minutes). A penalty save by Sunset’s Jovani Hessing was also a significant point in the match.
Scholars fought hard and in spells were the better team, creating plenty of chances. But their only goal came from a penalty by Jetena Bodden (59th).
Sunset midfielder Natalia Wilson was playing her first game for Sunset since arriving in the summer from England.
“I’m extremely pleased as it was our first competitive game and we had to deal with a 5 p.m. kickoff with the heat and the pressure of winning the first trophy of the season,” Wilson said.
“Overall our character shone and we battled till the end. Thankfully, it didn’t go to penalties.”
For Wilson the highlights were Hessing’s “great penalty save, which spurred us on and what fantastic finishes from Martha and our determination to get over the finish line as winners.”
The men’s match between league champs Scholars International and FA Cup winners Cayman Athletic went into overtime. Rolly Bodden scored for Scholars in the 27th minute before Jamaal Seymour equalized four minutes later. Seymour added another in the 102nd minute and Christopher Myles made it safe for Athletic four minutes later for a 3-1 victory.