Scholars women claim second title this season

Scholars players lift the trophy with CIFA President Alfredo Whittaker.

Scholars International defeated rivals Elite Sports Club 1-0 on Sunday, 3 June, to win the 2018 Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) Women’s President’s Cup and claimed their second piece of hardware for the season.

The only score of the game at the Ed Bush Sports Complex came from an Elite own goal in the 16th minute – a deflection from a corner kick that became the undoing of Elite.

Despite putting themselves behind just after the first quarter of an hour on the pitch, Elite’s young ladies didn’t give in and it made for a competitive battle to the end, as Scholars, too, kept pressing forward.

Elite players watch in disbelief as the own-goal is scored.

Tamoy Phillips and Shanelle Frederick kept the Scholars defenders on their heels, with the latter beating Scholars keeper Kristina Seymour in the 41st minute with a potential equalise, only for the shot to hit the crossbar.

More chances came for Elite, including in the 61st when Shanice Monteith’s free kick connected with Frederick but her header glanced across the face of the goal and out of play.

Credit to both teams, who refused to yield to the other but in the end, there could only be one winner. As they did to win the league title, Scholars International edged elite to lift the cup.

“We didn’t play as well as we wanted to but a win is a win,” said netminder Kristina Seymour.

Kristina Seymour collects the ball as Shanelle Frederick advances toward goal.

Scholars captain Jetena Bodden added: “It’s not the way we wanted to win but for once the ball was in our court and we took advantage and we came out successful.”

She said she’s looking to hoisting a third trophy for the season on 10 June when they play Sunset FC in the Women’s FA Cup final. Returning from suspension will be talented forward Sabrina Suberan. Bodden looked forward to having her back on the pitch. “We should have Sabrina playing in our last finals, so we should be a lot stronger next game.”

Bodden added that with the right focus, there’ll be more celebration for Scholars a week later. “The main thing is that we lack a lot of concentration during the game. So, if we focus on just doing that for the full 90 minutes, we’ll come out on top,” she said.

Tamoy Phillips and Kaela Ebanks (20) make a play on the ball.

Both sides have won all hardware on offer this season. Sunset FC won the Charity Shield.

Kick-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Ed Bush Sports Complex.



Elite SC: Shanice Monteith (capt), Shanelle Bennett, Marlena Elwin, Amanda Frederick, Shanelle Frederick, Tyanna Jan, Kiara Lemay (GK), Amy Mobley, Tamoy Phillips, Brianna Py-Fong, Ashanti Reid.


Scholars International: Jetena Bodden (capt.), Ericia Burke, Kaela Ebanks, Ashley Ebanks, Bryttanni Lawrence, Susani Lucas, Halle Medina, Kristina Seymour (GK), Arie Smith, Tatiana Ramoon, Chelsea Green.

Jetena Bodden receives the trophy from CIFA President Alfredo Whittaker


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