Roma FC clipped Future 1-0 to land their first victory in the 2008-2009 season of the Cayman Islands Football Association Premier League competition last Sunday at the Annex Play Field in George Town.
At this same venue top of the table team Elite SC battled with Latinos FC to a 5-3 score line.
Roma who now have five points, one over Tigers who lost 3-1 to George Town, started determinedly.
Future SC took a while to contain the rejuvenated Roma team led by captain Wayne Smith as they desperately tried to take the three points from Future.
As the game gained momentum Roma defenders marked the prolific Mark Ebanks completely out of the game.
Roma continued to attack dangerously making their way inside Future’s half and taking some good shots at goal.
These efforts proved worthwhile in the 27th minute when Philbert Ross and Damalay Howell made some one two passes in midfield.
The creative Smith used his heel to pass the ball back onto the foot of the charging Ross blasted in from 20 yards.
The second half saw Future coming with a different approach but Roma’s defense line was too tight for Future’s forwards.
Future got all they wanted to level the score in the 76th minute after they were awarded a penalty kick resulting from a foul committed inside the penalty area.
Mark Ebanks who took the kick sent it high and way across the road onto the TC McField building much to the disappointment of his team mates.
In the 80th minute Stewart Cashas of Future could have changed the score line after he penetrated the overworked Roma defenders but custodian Clifton Rickets held firmly onto the ball just inches from the goal line.
This was the final effort from both teams as referee Peterkin Berry blew the final whistle.
An elated Roma coach Phillip Gayle said that he was pleased with the win and it happened only because his team was disciplined.
‘They played according to the instructions they received and listened to the coach and not to the spectators,’ Gayle said.
‘They played well during the first half but were tardy in their performance in the second half. This is our first win and we are going to try very hard to keep it this way.’
Meanwhile, a disappointed Coach Roy ‘Huta’ Ebanks said: ‘I am proud of my team’s performance although they lost 1-0 to Roma. These youngsters are playing together for just two seasons now. They could have leveled the score when they got a penalty it was unfortunate that it was kicked away.’
‘That is behind us now, I am proud of them to be at the semi finals of the Digicel and that is what we are focusing on now. They will continue to play well the ball is round and they have the ability to play well.’
It was goals galore in the feature game played at this same venue between Elite and Latinos as both teams battled to a 5-3 score line.
Elite’s Rene Carter drew first blood netting in the 18th minute. Allean Grant equalized in the 26th minute for Latinos.
Elite was given a wake up call in the 32nd minute when Latinos went ahead with a goal from Luis Jose Bush.
Latinos celebrations were short lived as one minute after Donavan Godet made his debut placing a goal at the back of the net ending that segment 2-2.
In the second interval Elite came out more forceful showing their determination to take these three points.
Jairo Sanchez was the first to make a difference placing one more goal in the back of the net in the 49th minute.
In the 65th minute Donavan completed his double making the score 4-2 and in the 76th Calvin Jefford made it 5-2.
Latinos did not give up and in the 90th minute Alfredo Challenger challenged Elite’s defense line and squeezed one pass goal keeper Joseph James ending the game 5-3.