Elite stay top

Scholars International outplayed Tigers 4-0 last Sunday at the Annex Playfield landing their biggest win since the start of the new Cayman Islands Football Association Premier League competition.

In the other Annex game George Town edged Future SC 2-1 while at the Ed Bush Stadium top of the table team Elite battled with second place Sunset to a 3-3 draw and bottom placed team Roma shared the points with Latinos in a 1-1 score line.

Scholars International took the lead in the 31st minute with a goal from Mario Watler.

The second half saw Scholars International getting past Tigers defense line quite easily and in the 53rd minute they were two goals up after Fabian Malcolm hit his first.

In the 82nd minute Lennox Bryan netted another for Scholars International.

Five minutes later national representative O’Neil Taylor sealed the issue to end the game 4-0.

In the feature game between George Town and Future, it was George Town who went ahead in the 7th minute when Mitchie Williams found the net.

After the break, former national representative Lee Ramoon scored in the 54th minute.

Future fought back hard and in the 77th minute Dion Brandon who has captained the national team in more than one international, scored the consolation goal for his team to end the game 2-1.

Down at the Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay the game which drew a lot of attention for the weekend was between the two top teams in the competition Elite and Sunset.

It was like a battle field with two penalties awarded to the two teams in their desperate attempt to get full points from this game.

Calvin Jefford placed a penalty safely at the back of Sunset’s net as early as the 4th minute followed by a direct free kick in the 30th minute to complete his double. Sunset did not give up and in their efforts pulled back one in the 40th minute from a penalty kick coming off the boots of the prolific Chris Brown ending the first half 2-1.

The start of the second half saw Sunset more purposeful in the defense line and going forward dangerously into Elite’s half.

Carlton Black levelled to make it 2-2 in the 73rd minute and two minutes later it was Sunset shining in the lead with a 3-2 score.

It was level again in the 87th minute of the game when Ardin ‘Cheeky’ Rivers did what he does best scoring the all important goal to keep his team at the top of the point standings with 15.

At this same venue Latinos drew 1-1 with Roma in a keenly contested game as Roma showed obvious improvement in their game.

Victor Chicas netted in the 43rd minute for Latinos to end that interval 1-0.

Wayne ‘Bigga’ Smith equalized for Roma in the 62nd minute.

This Sunday January 11 it will be Premier League action again at these two venues when Tigers face George Town at 5pm at the Ed Bush Stadium and Scholars International meet Sunset at 7pm.

At the Annex play field in George Town Roma take on Future at 5pm and Latinos tackle Elite at 7pm.

On Sunday January 18 the Premier League games takes a break to facilitate the staging of the return leg of the semi-finals of the CIFA Digicel Knock-Out competition.

George Town and tough Elite will face off to decide which of the two gets to the finals of this competition after their first leg semi final encounter ended in a stalemate.

In the other semi Future face the tough task coming from behind to get past former champions Scholars International who landed them a 2-0 defeat in the first leg.

These games are going to be exciting and well worth watching.

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