BTFC win opener at C’bean Shield

BTFC starting XI vs Cayon FC Rockets.

Bodden Town Football Club started their CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield campaign in the Dominican Republic with a win in their opening match of the competition.

Last season’s Cayman Premier League and Men’s FA Cup champions opened against St Kitts and Nevis champs, Cayon FC Rockets on 13 April. Ricoh Brown put BTFC ahead 1-0 in the 34th minute and substitute Charlo McLean struck the winner in the 81st to cancel out Evansroy Barnes’ 65th minute equaliser for Cayon FC.

Next up is Curacao’s RKSV Centro Dominguito on 15 April before their final group game against Franciscain of Martinique on 17 April.

A dozen teams from across the Caribbean are competing and have been placed into three pools. Each group winner, plus the best second-place finisher advance to the semi-finals.

But regardless of their run of results in the competition, the Cayman Island club is already seeing itself as winners as they intend to take every bit of the experience back to the islands as they set out on a journey to climb the ladders of club football in the region.

“This is huge for us. We definitely needed a bit of a push as we’ve been stagnated for a little while. We have a lot of talent, not only in the Cayman Islands but around the Caribbean,” said captain and goalkeeper Ramon Sealy.

“Sometimes we don’t get as much exposure as the professional clubs so a tournament like this which gives us a chance to showcase our abilities and talents is huge for us. It shows the development of the game in CONCACAF and hopefully we can use it as a platform to step up to the next level,” he was quoted as saying in an article on the CONCACAF website.

Bodden Town FC assistant coach Danu Smith added, “This is a great opportunity for us not only to improve our standard of our football playing against other teams from other countries but get a little bit off exposure as well, so we can take whatever we get from here and improve our local league as well.”

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