Donavan Godet was the Elite hero on Sunday night as he scored a hat-trick to secure a place for Elite in the finals of the Cayman Islands Football AssociationCIFA) Digicel Knock Out Cup competition.
It was the second leg of the semi-finals played against George Town at the Annex Play Field in George Town. The game ended 3-2.
In the other semi-final, Scholars International tussled with Future SC to take the other spot with a 3-1 on aggregate score line at the same venue.
Elite and George Town went into the game on a level score line after a 0-0 result in the first leg played at the Ed Bush Stadium last month.
George Town who went ahead in the 32nd minute through Justin Pierre.
George Town’s celebrations were short lived as in the 35th minute Donavan Godet started his spree ending the first half 1-1.
In the second half both teams tried desperately to get to the finals going into the attack and taking some stunning shots at goal.
George Town player/coach Lee Ramoon got some chances but did not put them away sending them wide of the upright or over the cross bar.
George Town captain Garth Anderson wasted a good opportunity as well kicking way over the cross bar.
Elite’s Calvin Jefford was disappointing for the most part wasting some easy chances which he chose to dress giving the desperate George Town defenders time to clear from their area.
For the moment the two teams were deadlocked until Godet caught the defense line flat-footed and lobbed the ball over the head of goal keeper Clay Coleman in the 54th minute.
Elite in a better position with a 2-1 lead went into the attack. It was a welcomed effort as the fully packed Annex fans watched nail biting action from both teams.
In the 72nd minute Godet completed his hat-trick as George Town had definitely started to lapse in their approach to the game.
Elite however, were on a high and with their place in the finals in sight continued to apply pressure on their opponents.
In the 90th minute Lee Ramoon took up a ball on the left flank and crossed it over into the box to the lurking Pierre who slipped it past James Josephs to score.
A disappointed Anderson said that the game was keenly contested which could have gone either way but Elite got their chances and made good use of them.
He said: ‘It was a good game its unfortunate that we lost 3-2. We did not put away our chances. Elite did well its disappointing but its just part of the game.’
In the Scholars International and Future encounter the game was not as competitive even though Future started with a lot of zest.
If Mark Ebanks was more educated on the components of an offside he would have scored at least three clear goals. Ebanks made some real good passes and collected some balls but just did the wrong thing ending this half with a great goalless effort from Future.
Future came out in the second half as intent. Ebanks again along with Contreras Sergio who stole the show penetrating the Scholars defense line several times.
Finally Ebanks got his real chance and netted a goal in the 64th minute.
After conceding this goal Scholars International head coach Antonio Smith made two substitutions putting on Daina Heaven and removing Chris Douglas and David Harding for Lorenzo Brown in the 83rd minute.
This effort was well orchestrated as in the 85th minute Scholars International equalized through Heaven who picked up a ball crossed from Rodriquez Nahun who had picked it up from Harding.
This was enough to land Scholars International in a position to compete for the coveted title which they had held in the past.
National representative and captain of Future SC Dion Brandon said: ‘We strayed from the original game plan and started to play individual games making selfish decisions in the crucial parts of the game. These mistakes turned into bigger problems and Scholars International capitalized on the break down.’
ELITE: Rene Carter, Benjamin Cupid, Jason Ebanks, Gabriel Godet Donavan Godet, Calvin Jefford, Joseph James, Hank Parchment, Abijah Rivers, Jairo Sanchez and Ever Scott. Subs: Renford Barnes/Rene Carter, Derrin Ebanks/Calvin Jefford, Jordon Thompson/ Donavan Godet.
GEORGE TOWN: Garth Anderson, Encuma Brown, Sheldon Bryan, Clay Coleman, John Kelly, Justin Pierre, Lee Ramoon, Donald Solomon, Michael Thornton and Mitchie Williams. Subs: Neil Murray/Sheldon Bryan, Tex Whitelocke/ Michael Thorpe, Mitchie Williams/Dennis Ebanks.
Referee: Berry Peterkin, 1st Assistant Dwayne Ebanks, 2nd Assistant Roger Jacobs and 4th Official Nolan Foster.