Bodden Town FC emerged the only undefeated team in the Cayman Islands Football Association league after a clean sheet 2-0 victory over Scholars ISC on Sunday night.
Both teams arrived at the Haig Bodden Field unbeaten for the season, with Bodden Town also boasting the stingiest defence, only conceding a total of two goals in all six games, including the latest match.
Sunday’s match was especially compelling since Scholars brought with it the most potent offence in the league, notching 21 goals over the first five games. In the opening minutes of the game, however, Scholars gave away a penalty after a hard tackle in the box, which drew loud reactions from fans on both sides. Bodden Town’s Ricoh Brown stepped up, took the shot and scored to put his team ahead 1-0.
“I feel very relieved because since the start of the season, I haven’t scored, so thank God that we got this,” Brown said after the game as he celebrated his successful penalty. After play restarted, Scholars’ Jonah Ebanks looked for a quick counterattack, taking a shot that seemed certain to score but Bodden Town’s goalkeeper Shakur Welcome ended that threat. Then, in the 21st minute, Dexter Monroe scored Bodden Town’s final goal for the 2-0 victory.
More than 100 fans were on hand to cheer their teams, with a disappointing ride home for Scholars supporters. “I know my players are down. It’s the first game we’ve lost since the league started,” said Scholars coach Collin Rowe. “We just didn’t do what we were supposed to do, and there’s nothing that we can do besides go back to the drawing boards and hopefully get back on track to win the league.”
While the game was highly important for both squads, Bodden Town’s coach Danu Smith said the prospect of redemption added to his team’s motivation. “This was a top-of-the-table clash. We actually lost to them last season on goal differential, so we knew coming into this game we needed a win. Once we can beat them, the next step is winning the league,” Smith said, adding, “The energy of the fans was great, it’s something that has been lacking in the sport for a while but we are working hard to get the fans out.”