Bodden Town tops the Cayman Premier League

| 05/10/2011

(CIFA): Bodden Town took top spot in the Cayman Premier League after they demolished George Town to claim their second successive Cayman Premier League win of the season. The youthful Bodden Town team are yet to lose a game, after starting off the season with a draw against Tigers. Bodden Town got off to a flying start by scoring in the opening 14 seconds of the game.  Casey McLaughlin slotting the ball in the top left corner of the goal, after some creative build up play. The opening goal in the first minute set the tone for the rest of the game. George Town struggled to get a handle on the game, as a young Bodden Town team moved the ball around quickly and proved clinical in the final third.

Arvid Harris of Bodden Town was the key component in everything that Bodden Town offered going forward. Harris exposed the slack defensive display from George Town, which left Lee Ramoon unhappy on the sidelines. Kareem James netted Bodden Town's second in the 36th minute.  This was followed by Yefry Calderon, in the 55th minute, who cleaned up a re-bound and slotted home from 8 yards out, after George Town failed to clear their lines from a corner kick. Substitute Danu Smith chipped in with a goal and completed the rout in the 90th minute. The 4:0 win takes Bodden Town to the top of the Cayman Premier League on goal difference.  George Town drops down to seventh, after their second consecutive loss. 

Cayman Athletic picked up their first win of the season with 3:1 win over Roma United.  Matthew Suberan opened the scoring for Cayman Athletic in the 7th minute. Unfortunately, Cayman Athletic was only able to hold onto their lead for eight minutes, as Kiegel Atkinson leveled for Roma United in the 15th minute. Kyle Santamaria restored Cayman Athletics lead in the 51st minute.

Fabio Smith made sure Cayman Athletic would take all three points by scoring in the 84th minute. Head Coach of Cayman Athletic, Ernie Seymour, was glad to see his team gain their first points of the season. “The win against Roma was a good one for our young team. After losing the firstgame to Scholars 5:2, which we did pretty good in, because at one stage we were just losing 3:2 until we lost our legs due to a lack of match fitness and after losing a close game to Bodden Town 2:1 last week, I told my players that we had to work on our defense if we wanted to do well against Roma”.

Coach Seymour encouraged his team to believe in themselves and that is certainly what they did Sunday.  His pep talk did wonders as the Cayman Athletic defense, which was better organized and their attackers scored three goals on a Roma team who had yet to concede a goal going into week 3.

Coach Seymour was quick to praise his young players after the game: “I could not ask for more from them. As a young team, they deserve any praise that they get right now. Roma is a good team, and I hope this win over them could be a motivational factor for our players going forward into the remaining fixtures. We will continue to work on our strength and weakness to improve our level of football. We have a lot of talented young players that could achieve a lot through football if they just stay focus and believe in themselves and the people who are helping them to do the right thing. There will be more wins, more defeats and draws, but we just have to keep trying to improve our level”.  Cayman Athletic will face Future after the international break.

Elsewhere in the Cayman Premier League, Tigers FC beat Future 3:1.  Thsi is Future’s third consecutive loss, which leaves them rooted to the bottom of the table. Miguel Simms led the way for Tigers who posted their first win of the 2011/2012 season. Simms scored in the 40th and 57th minute, Zico Lewis added a third for Tigers in the 60th minute. Future’s Denver Barnes consolation goal in the 80th minute did little to effect the outcome of the game.

Six yellow cards and one red card were handed out in a physical contest at the Ed Bush Sports Complex in West Bay which saw reigning Premier League Champions Elite match up with an impressive Scholars International team who had gotten off to a great start to the season with two consecutive wins. Scholars took a 2:0 lead into the locker room at half time, thanks to strikes from Dave McLaughlin and Aldene Forbes.

The second half started much as the first half had ended, Scholars looked to be cruising to their third straight win of the season. This was until Carson Fagan was issued a red card in the 52nd minute. Fagan’s sending off seem to inspire Elite who wasted little time exposing Scholars who had to battle on a man down for the second week running.

Clement Patterson got one back for Elite in the 62nd minute breaking Scholars resistance. Elite were making the most of their man advantage as they controlled the majority of the possession in the last twenty minutes of the game, and they made their possession count as Dwayne Wright equalized in the 72nd minute completing the comeback.  

The Cayman Premier League will take a break from action this weekend and return on Sunday, 16 October 2011, as the Cayman Islands Senior Men’s National Team face Suriname on Friday night at 7.30 p.m. at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier before departing Sunday to face their toughest test to date in San Salvador on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 as they take on El Salvador.

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