George Town, Cayman Islands – Cayman Brac Football Club surprised the community and themselves when they pulled off a come from behind draw in the Cayman Islands Football Association Premier League opening fixture earlier this month.
Late goals from Denrick ‘The Machine’ Gayle and Team Captain Carlos Matute secured a 2-2 draw and a share of the points against the reigning champions Bodden Town Football Club.
“Everybody was shocked when the news started to spread,” said Cayman Brac Head Coach Mitchum Sanford. “It surprised a massive amount of people and it had to, because going in, everyone was counting on their hands the tally that Bodden Town will accumulate on Cayman Brac.”
Not favoured at the beginning of the season, Cayman Brac shook off a nervous start and two goals and pulled off the drawn result.
“That was a courageous performance by the players and staff. It was a surprise but we welcome it very much,” Sanford added.
After last season’s success in Division One, Cayman Brac was bolstered by the return home of Jamie Sanford, Chase Miller and Devon Connolly, three recent university graduates.
Brimming with confidence from the unexpected week one result, Cayman Brac is looking forward to their week two fixture against old rivals Roma United. Last season’s Division one foes are scheduled to meet on Saturday at the G. Haig Bodden Field in Bodden Town.
“Preparations for Saturday are going fantastic, Roma and Cayman Brac have a very strong relationship. We enjoy each other’s company and challenging each other. We are looking forward to it and we know Roma are too.”
Despite putting their first points on the board with a promising performance, Cayman Brac has made one simple goal, “survive the season”, Sanford quipped.
While not promising more shock results, Sanford thinks Cayman Brac should not be counted out.
“That draw (against Bodden Town) gave us much hope for the season. We are more optimistic and it gives my players much more confidence going into to playing every one of the Premier League teams.”
In other fixtures this weekend, Bodden Town go in search of their first win this season against Sunset, Cayman Athletic tackles George Town and Elite faces Scholars International in an all West Bay clash.
CIFA Premier League Fixtures – Week 2
Saturday, 27 September, 2014
G. Haig Bodden Field, Bodden Town
8:00 pm Roma United v Cayman Brac FC
Sunday, 28 September, 2014
T.E Mcfield Sports Complex, George Town
5:00 pm Cayman Athletic SC v George Town SC
7:00 pm Bodden Town FC v Sunset FC
Ed Bush Sports Complex, West Bay
7:00 pm Elite SC v Scholars International