George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands – When Sunset lines up in the semifinals of the Presidents Cup on Sunday 9 February 2014 at the Annex against Bodden Town, their aim would be to continue this season’s resurgence.
In its first season since returning to the top flight of the Premier League, Sunset sits fourth in the standings and is one of the four remaining clubs in the semi-finals.
Sunset has faced Bodden Town twice this season, both in the Premiership, with a draw and a loss to show.
Sunset Head Coach Gareth Thacker backs his team to come away with a result in the first leg of the semifinals on Sunday. “The guys think they can beat anybody on their day. My lads are disciplined but it will come down to whoever creates on the day,” Thacker said.
Striker Justin Pierre echoed Thacker’s confidence. The former National marksman shrugged off some sluggish performances the past few years to score seven goals so far this season, four in the Premier League and a memorable hat trick which propelled Sunset to the final four of the President’s Cup.
Pierre said, “In both legs we need to get some points and make it tough for Bodden Town. It will take a good team to beat Bodden Town on that day and Sunset is a good team.”
Sunset has outworked and outmuscled their opponents in their return to the top level. Coach Thacker believes the results are reward for thorough preparation and improved fitness.
“We have a very good bunch of athletic guys. We are organised, fit and strong. We can compete with all the teams in the Premier League this year.”
Captain Andy Bellfield thinks Sunset’s camaraderie could not be overlooked when talking about their success.
“We have is great team spirit, Bellfield said. We had a couple years in the first division and we got together as a group and tried to be more solid and that’s helped coming up to the Premier League. Getting through to the President’s Cup semi-finals is a fantastic achievement; hopefully we can go all the way. “
He added, “Bodden Town is a good strong team, physical and pacey but we have rebuilt this year to match that and we are looking forward to the matchup.”
The President’s Cup semifinal first leg fixtures kick off Sunday 9 February at 5 pm when Sunset tackles Bodden Town, followed by Elite SC competing against George Town.