Scholars, Bodden Town take narrow wins

Terrence Thomas (20) and Rodrick Pearson (15) celebrate Thomas' goal.

Scholars International picked up their fifth win in a row, including cup games, thanks to a goal of the year candidate from Terrence Thomas at Ed Bush Sports Complex on Sunday, 5 March, 2017.

Scholars came into the clash against Academy SC fresh off their CIFA President’s Cup triumph in which they won both semi-final legs against Cayman Athletic before beating Bodden Town FC in the final, as they tune up for the Caribbean Club Championships later this month.

However, anyone in the stands might have been mistaken that Academy was the side getting ready for the regional tournament as they were the more organised outfit through the first quarter hour, dominating possession and putting pressure on the defence.

The recently hot Rolly Bodden had a chance though in the 17th but his diving header was off the mark. It was enough to get the crowd excited and foreshadowed what was to come eight minutes later.

In the 25th minute, Thomas did his best superman impression as he lunged himself forward in the air to head the ball past Miguel Pitta in the Academy goal. It might very well have been a case of him showing his teammate how to execute the perfect header, as Scholars took a 1-0 lead.

Pitta did his best to keep Academy in the game, coming up with a few big saves in the second half but his side could not find the offence required to change the outcome, as Scholars International took the three points from a 1-0 final.

In other action, a brace from Charlo McLean secured a come from behind win for league leaders, Bodden Town FC over Latinos FC at Haig Bodden Sports Complex.

Two weeks after the clubs met in the semifinals of the CIFA President’s Cup, Latinos FC were out for revenge after losing out on penalties. Brian Scott gave Latinos the lead in the 12th minute, which they held through the half.

Four minutes after the interval, McLean leveled. He later made the most of a penalty situation, converting in the 80th minute to give Bodden Town their 11th win from 14 games this season, as they maintain their lead through two-thirds of the season.

David Connolly (file photo) scored a brace for Cayman Athletic.

Meantime at the Annex, Cayman Athletic squandered a 2-0 lead as Roma United scored twice in the last 11 minutes to secure a draw.

After a scoreless first half, David Connolly, who recently returned to Cayman Athletic after a half-season with Bodden Town, scored in the 50th and 63rd minutes to give his side the edge with less than half an hour to play. But Kamai Finn pulled one back for Roma in the 79th before Amar Mundle scored in the 87th minute to ensure the teams shared the points.

Sunset FC was inactive, as their scheduled opponent – Elite SC were in Jamaica competing in their group stage of the Caribbean Club Championships.


Unofficial Cayman Premier League standings through 14 of 21 weeks

Bodden Town FC 11 2 1 34
Elite SC 8 2 3 27
Scholars Int’l 6 4 4 22
Academy SC 5 7 2 17
Latinos FC 4 6 4 16
Roma United 4 8 2 14
Sunset FC 4 8 1 13
Cayman Athletic 3 8 3 12

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