BTFC share points with Scholars, Elite SC upset

BTFC's Andra Allen (L) and Jamar Dickens (R) of Scholars.

Defending champions Scholars International and league leaders Bodden Town FC shared points, while Cayman Athletic moved off the bottom of the table with an upset win over second-placed Elite SC in the latest round of the Cayman Premier League on Sunday, 26 March.

Neither Scholars nor Bodden Town side were able to impose their will on the other at Haig Bodden Playing Field but a game featuring the top two defensive units was certain to make scoring a difficult proposition.

Solid performances by both Jermaine Brown and Ramon Sealy between the pipes for Scholars and Bodden Town, respectively, also played a factor. On multiple occasions, Sealy shut down attackers to keep the game scoreless.

For a split second in the 39th minute, Bodden Town thought they had edged ahead when Theron Wood’s shot hit the cross bar and Charlo McLean was there to knock the rebound into the back of the net but the linesman’s flag was already in the air to signal he was offside.

At the end of 90 minutes, the scoresheet was unblemished, with both teams taking one point from the clash. A win over Scholars would have taken Bodden Town a step closer to clinching the 2016-17 title but based on other results, the point earned might turn out to be just as good.

Earlier, a 5th minute strike from Kareem Foster put Cayman Athletic ahead of Elite Sports Club. Coach Gillie’s team would hold on for the win to take three points, move off the bottom of the table, and make Elite’s path to the championship even tougher. Better finishing by Foster and Rico Bodden would have seen a larger margin in the upset win. Young keeper Albertini Holness also had a noteworthy performance.


Meantime at the Annex, Academy SC’s Jonah Ebanks continued to impress as he widened his lead as the league’s top scorer in a shutout win over Roma United. Ebanks scored in the 23rd before converting a 45th minute penalty kick for the game’s only scores. He now has 14 goals for the 2016-17 season.

In the other game under the Annex lights, a hat-trick from Nahun Rodriguez led Latinos FC to a 4-2 win over Sunset FC. Rodriguez scored in the 4th minute to open his tally and Latinos held a 1-0 halftime lead. He added two more in the 49th and 66th before Ziecko Herrera joined in the 76th. Gavin Reynolds scored in the 74th and 90th minutes for Sunset, who now fall to the bottom of the table.


Unofficial Cayman Premier League standings through 17 of 21 weeks

Bodden Town FC 13 2 2 41
Elite SC 8 4 4 28
Academy SC 7 7 3 24
Scholars Int’l 6 4 5 23
Latinos FC 5 6 5 20
Roma United 5 9 2 17
Cayman Athletic 4 9 4 16
Sunset FC 4 10 1 13



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