Bodden Town end Auckland tour with a win

| 24/11/2014

(CIFA): Bodden Town Football Club defeated Fiji Under-20 by 3-0 to register their first win of the Ocean Football Confederation (OFC) President’s Cup in Auckland on Sunday. Goals from Ricoh Brown (29th), Theron Wood (53rd) and Jonathan Ebanks (64th) handed the reigning Cayman Islands Premier League Champions a hard fought victory over a talented Fijian side, headed to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. In his best game of the tournament Ricoh Brown opened the scoring for Bodden Town. Against the run of play, Brown got on the end of an errant back pass and slotted the ball past Fijian keeper Misiwani Nairube from outside the 18 yard area.

Wood doubled the score in the second half, capping of a counter attack led by Brown on the left attacking side. Brown played a neat pass the Wood who dribbled one defender before pushing his left footed shot past Nairube. Brown orchestrated the third goal as well, playing the cross that Emmanuel Brown slotted home to complete the victory.

“This is what we came here for,” said Captain Ramon Sealy, in his post-match interview. “We wish we could have done it in the other games, but we are glad that we got the victory today.”

Strengthened by the return of central defender Yefry Calderon, who arrived in the country 24 hours before the final match, and the return of Karl Solomon, who missed the second match with an injury, Bodden Town looked formidable in defense.

“We played our ball that what we can do. The other two games you saw a bad side of Bodden Town, where we didn’t knock the ball around,” Sealy said. “Today we knocked it around, used our flanks to our abilities and finished our chances, so that was a good result for us.”

Sealy was also crucial for Bodden Town, producing countless reflex saves to keep a clean sheet.

Bodden Town ended the tournament with a 1-1-1 record and finished fifth. They opened the tournament with a goalless draw against Singapore U-23, before being blanked by Auckland City 9-0. Sealy praised the level of competition offered at the President’s Cup and believes Bodden Town stands to benefit from the experience.

“This tournament showed us our flaws and our weaknesses, we are going to go and work on them. We will improve on our strengths as well, the tournament also showed us other styles which we can incorporate into our own.  This was a great tournament for us to come to,” he added.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    For your information The OFC Confederation of Auckland paid for the BT Trip so no cost to the Government.  Families, friends and supporters provided spending money and lots of love and support.  

  2. Anonymous says:

    AUKLAND, New Zealand? Congrats. to Bodden Town, but how much did it cost the government to send a whole football team and coaches that far to play? 

    • Anonymous says:

      Who cares!  We have loads of money obviously by the amount that is spend on commissioning consultants to say what we already know.

    • Anonymous says:

      If they were assisted to make the trip, the first thing you would've said, was government wouldn't help.  Now that the have travelled so far you were successful you are moaning about the cost.  Stop being so bias and warp-minded.

    • jonas dwyer says:

      Get thee Hence o Satan

    • Anonymous says:

      Let's commission one of the Big Four to do a report and then ignore it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    CONGRATS BT Football Club!! There is no substitute for international competition in sports, regardless of the level. The team officials who organized this tour or took advantage of the opportunity and the players, coach and support staff can all feel proud!! As a BT "native" I'm overjoyed!!