Another late goal keeps BTFC unbeaten

Theron Wood heads an attempt toward goal.

For the second time in as many weeks, Bodden Town FC relied on a late goal from a substitute to propel them to victory in the Cayman Premier League. This time around, a 70th minute score from David Connolly sealed a 2-1 over Cayman Athletic at the Annex on Sunday.

Connolly celebrated in style when he scored the winner against his former club.

Connolly celebrated in style when he scored the winner against his former club.

“Any chance that we get, we try to put it away and win the game but it just happened to be so,” Connolly told about the trend of second half strikes to win. Bodden Town FC relied on a 90th minute strike from Andra Allen to win a week earlier against Elite.

For Connolly, it was his first time playing against Cayman Athletic after switching teams in the offseason. “It was really an emotional return playing against them,” he said.

Cayman Athletic started off the game with positive energy and forced Ramon Sealy to make two saves in the opening minute. On another possession a few minutes later, a weak attempt on goal by Cayman Athletic led to a Bodden Town counter-attack with Theron Wood opening the scoring in the 11th.

Cayman Athletic pulled even in the 35th minute on a play that developed well from midfield with Matthew Subberan connecting with Martin Webb, who then found Jorronie McLean as they advanced through the defense. McLean then put it into the back of the net with the equalizer.

Jorronie McLean scored for Cayman Athletic.

Jorronie McLean scored for Cayman Athletic.

A pretty even match through the first half, it went to the break tied 1-1. In the second frame, Bodden Town FC increased the physical intensity and dominated the ball, creating several chances but failed to take the advantage. The score remained level until Connolly’s goal. He had another chance to extend the lead but a solid stop by Cayman Athletic keeper Shakur Welcome denied him the chance.

Bodden Town earned their second win of the season and go unbeaten into their 16 October matchup against defending champions Scholars International at Ed Bush Sports Complex at 7:00 p.m.

“The team is feeling good,” Connolly said. “We have good training sessions and everybody seems to gel well. We just need to work on a couple of things. My old side – they looked good too. I hope for them to do better in the future as well.”

Kareem Foster (20) goes airborne as he takes a free kick

Kareem Foster (20) goes airborne as he takes a free kick

Among the bright spots for Cayman Athletic was national youth player Kareem Foster, who came on at the start of the second half. The 16 year-old was solid on his premiership debut, playing well on the wing and earning high praise from Technical Director Ernie “Gillie” Seymour afterward. Cayman Athletic next faces Elite on 16 October in a 4:45 p.m. kickoff at the Annex.

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