Regardless of not catching the attention of an official sponsors to date, the Cayman Islands Premier League played its second week of fixed games.
They were at the Ed Bush and Annex Playing Field with two double headers at 5pm and 7pm under wet conditions.
At the newly opened Annex, George Town under the watchful eyes of Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, Jamaica’s head coach, drew 2-2 with Latinos in a keenly contested game.
It was Latinos who drew first blood squeezing one past keeper Clay Coleman in the ninth minute, much to the disappointment of the George Town fans who came out in their numbers as expected.
This goal lifted the spirits of the Latinos as they continued to apply pressure but with Michael Thornton and John Kelly in defense Alfredo Challenger’s efforts were thwarted several times.
George Town are known for playing hard. They held their own and after making numerous attempts on goal made a breakthrough in midfield which resulted in a goal for captain Garth Anderson in the 37th minute to end the first half 1-1.
The second half was more interesting as both teams battled for the clincher. Latinos landed a second goal in the 49th minute through Alexis Espinal.
The ding dong battle continued as the clock ticked rapidly towards regulation time. George Town substituted Jason Campbell who came on for former national player Paul McField, 49, in the 52nd minute.
Campbell had an excellent game, his first touch was incredible and he was attacking from he landed on the field. In the 77th minute he made his debut scoring his first goal of the season for George Town to end the game 2-2.
In the opening game played at the same venue, Scholars International defeated Tigers FC 3-2. Scorers for Scholars International were Lorenzo Brown in the 13th and the prolific David Harding netting in the 20th.
In the 31st Tigers’ Escobar Samuels scored an own goal. Scoring for Tigers FC were Norman Montoya in the 42nd minute and Andrade Kiegel in the 52nd.
Over in West Bay at the Ed Bush Play Field Sunset defeated Roma 2-0 who are yet to garner a point in the point standings. Sunset went ahead in the sixth minute from a goal by Gareth Thacker. James Kennedy netted the second goal in the 45th minute.
The other game between neighbours Elite and Future ended in a stalemate 0-0.
Games this weekend are between Future SC who take on Tigers at 5pm at the Ed Bush Play Field in the opening game and Roma face Elite in the feature game at 7pm.
At the Annex it will be Sunset and George Town at 5pm and Scholars and Latinos meeting at 7pm.
This Premier League competition has been created to accommodate the growing number of teams in the Cayman Islands, and will also bring a staged component with the vision 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.