GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman – Head Coaches for the two teams competing in the Cayman Islands Football Association Charity Shield Championship match have placed high importance on winning the fixture on Sunday, 7 September 2014 at the T.E Mcfield Sports Centre.
Elbert Mclean of Bodden Town FC and Gregory Ebanks of Elite Sports Club believe that winning the opening trophy game of the season will signal the start of a successful campaign.
“This match is very important to set the trend for the season,” said Mclean, who led Bodden Town to the Premier League title last season.
“Bodden Town has trained seven weeks in the offseason, so expect to see a much fitter, faster, hungrier team that will be moving the ball faster.”
This is a rematch of the 2009 FA Cup Final when a young Bodden Town team came from behind to upset the then reigning Premier League Champs.
Since the 2009 season Bodden Town has collected league titles at youth and senior levels. Coach Mclean said the recipe for success is simple.
“Hard work, a good attitude and a good club structure guarantees success,” said the veteran coach.
Along with a solid youth programme. Bodden Town has promoted three teenagers from the junior set up to the senior team this season.
In West Bay, Elite Sports Club is coming off an uncharacteristic fifth place finish in the Premier League last season.
Ebanks’ men ended last season with the FA Cup title which earned them the right to compete for the Charity Shield.
“This is a one shot opportunity to win the first Cup of the season,” Ebanks said.
“This sets the tone for the beginning of the season to start on a good note by competing well and winning the Charity Shield.”
Elite will be bolstered by the return home of midfielder Jermaine Wilson who recently completed his studies in England.
Winning the Charity Shield would set Elite’s goals in motion for the new season, with the main of objective of competing in the 2015 Caribbean Club Championship.
On Elite’s plans, Ebanks said, “The ultimate goal is to win the league championship, it is very motivational to see that the monitory rewards have increased.”
He added “Our primary goal is to get in the top three and aspire to play international competitions like the Caribbean Football Union this season.”
Part proceeds from the Charity Shield will be donated to the Cayman Islands Red Cross.