Gabriel Godet has the distinction of scoring the first goal for Elite FC in the opening game played in the Cayman Islands Football Association Premier League competition when the competition made its debut at the newly refurbished Ed Bush in West Bay on Sunday.
Godet netted in the 53rd minute against Latinos from a cross he picked up from his brother Donavan Godet who eluded the Latinos defense line. Gabriel placed the ball decisively into the back of the net past keeper Marlon Moore.
Both teams played excellent football making some impressive passes in the first half without netting.
After the interval it was different as both teams took a different approach making several efforts to score and be part of the history.
Ceasar Fadgaro got one of the best opportunities to place his team in contention but failed when the ball hit the cross bar.
Several other attempts were made at goal but they were dealt with by the awesome Elite custodian Joseph James or the skillful defender Dave McLaughlin ending the game 1-0.
In the feature game played at 7pm at the same venue Tigers FC fought to get a goal in the 87th minute off the boots of Carlos Garcia to take three points from Roma who wasted all of their chances.
It was level at half time with Roma looking the more serious of the two but Tigers showed their animal instincts and started to move the game forward making some serious attempts at goal.
Tigers were persistent in their endeavours and made the kill in the 87th minute to make history as one of the first teams to win their Premier League debut.
Over at the Annex play field in George Town, also newly refurbished, Sunset FC clipped Future SC 1-0 with a goal from national team player and captain Tom Elliot in the 70th minute in their match-up and Scholars failed to make it on the score sheet as they drew 0-0 with George Town.
Both games were keenly contested and based on these performances it is obvious that these teams are ready for the big league.
This Premier League competition has been created to accommodate the growing number of teams in the Cayman Islands, and will also bring a dramatic element with the prospect of relegation into the Foster’s First Division facing the bottom two teams.
The bottom placed team will automatically be relegated, whilst the second-bottom team will enter into a playoff match against the second-placed team in the First Division for the right to play in the Premier League.
The goal of this competition is to realize the standards of domestic football in the Cayman Islands both on and off the pitch.
The prospect of relegation will not only create drama and interest for supporters, but will push each team harder in the knowledge that if there is lack of preparation and hard work the team will be punished.
CIFA hopes to not only improve the quality of play this season, but to ensure that clubs participate and accept responsibility for the long-term technical development of the islands young footballers.
The new League is yet to find a corporate sponsor, although CIFA is currently in discussions with several groups.”