The race is on in the final leg of the semis of the Cayman Islands Football Association Digicel Cayman Cup on National Heroes Day Monday at the North Side playing field.
There, champions Scholars International will try to erase the 3-1 advantage written by rivals George Town, and Young Elite will attempt to get past the 2-0 advantage erected by an upbeat Roma.
Football lovers from across the island will have yet another taste of great football action, as Roma plays Elite at 4pm and George Town does battle with Scholars International in the twilight game at 6pm.
George Town has a 3-1 cushion going into this second leg and is full of confidence going into this game, with the sole intention of taking the Digicel Cayman Cup this time.
According to Anthony Ramoon midfield player of George Town, his team is in a very good position with the advantage it has over its opponents and the potential of its younger players bonded with the expertise of the senior players.
‘We are in a good position with this 3-1 advantage but we know that Scholars International will be coming hard at us, as they have never gone down without fighting. Our plan is to go all out at them as the game starts to come out with another win and advance to the finals.’
‘This return leg will be an extremely competitive one, we are very confident and are training hard…..the guys are looking forward to win this title we want to get back into our winning ways beating Scholars International in our encounters.’
Ramoon said this game would be a team effort but he expects the younger players such as Carson Fagan and Ian Lindo to step up to the pace and deliver a victory.
In the first leg played 13 January a confident George Town came at Scholars International at the first sound of the whistle and outplayed them to a 3-0 lead. Scholars International had to dig deep and with the introduction of substitute Andy Green managed to pull back one in the dying moments of the game to end it 3-1.
Scholars International will come at George Town with a stronger team this time around as its has been strengthened with the return of key players Rene Carter, Carlos Andrade and David ‘Little D’ Reid who have returned to the squad from overseas in an effort to try to maintain the successful history of its 30-year-old club.
In a telephone conversation with Scholars International’s coach Antonio Smith he said that although George Town has a better goal advantage going into this second leg, Scholars International will come out fighting desperately and looking for all of the errors created by George Town in order to capitalize, take the lead and reach the finals.
‘Between assistant coaches Colin Rowe, Ricky Frazier and I, we know that the mistakes made by our team cannot be corrected at this time therefore we have been preparing them on how not to repeat this situation.
‘Scholars International will be coming out in full force fighting to get pass George Town on Monday we are prepared and it will be a great game to watch,’ Smith emphasized.
Roma Assistant Coach Rohan Gidarsingh said the 1-0 loss to Elite last Monday in the CIFA Fosters National League should not be used to measure the expected results of the return leg semis as he rested some of his players to meet the big day.
‘We are prepared and ready,’ Gidarsingh said, ‘On Monday all of our key players will return and we are set to reach to the finals. We have observed that Elite has brought back some of their senior players we are prepared for them as well. We are not going to give them a second chance we are focused on reaching the finals.
Gregory Ebanks, head coach of the team, said the basic situation in this game would be 40 per cent defence and 60 per cent attack come Monday sighting this approach as the only way his team could reach the finals of this competition