Defending champions Scholars International FC struggled to grab a place in the next round of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) Digicel Cup Knock-Out competition by defeating Future SC 4-3 in penalties last Saturday at the Northside playing field.
The young Future team rose to the occasion giving the defending champions a rude awakening when they had them living in limbo hanging on precariously to a 0-0 score line at regulated and extra time.
With no team taking the lead game went to the dreaded penalty shoot out.
David Reid, Rene Carter, Carlton Andrade and Morris Brown netted successfully for Scholars while scoring for Future were Michael Johnson and Sergio Conteros, Denver Barnes and Paul Brown missed their kicks.
In the opening game played last Saturday as well Roma outplayed Tigers 3-1 in their encounter.
Roma netted in the 22nd minute from the boots of the prolific Munice Menns who latched on to a loose ball and with a gazing Goal Keeper kicked to the back of the net. In the 27th minute Roma went two goals up when Kevin McField crossed a ball to Cohen Daley. Daley slipped the ball to a hard running Craig Carridice who finished at the back of the net.
In the 36th minute a penalty was awarded when Junior Alvarez handled the ball in the penalty area. Goal keeper Sammy Morrison sent the ball to the back of the net to end the first half 3-0.
In the second half the Tigers regrouped and exhibited a different game plan creating a stir but Roma make sure they held on to their first opportunity to get to the semis of this three year old competition and kept them at bay.
Both teams continued the battle and in the 60th minute Tigers Carlos Powery scored the consolation goal to end the game 3-1.
The draw for the semis which is scheduled to play early next year will take place live in the studios of Radio Cayman this Wednesday December 19th at 11:00am.