Sunset closes in on Elite

Sunset FC inched closer to leaders Elite last Sunday in Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) Premier League action at the Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay by struggling with Tigers to a 5-4 score line.

Sunset FC now has twenty points just two short of Elite SC who has twenty two.

The prolific former national representative Chris Brown netted a hat-trick while Gareth Thacker and Roy Forbes netted one a piece.

The goal scoring tussle started in the 18th minute when Brown scored the first goal. He completed his double in the 36th minute but Sunset’s celebrations were halted in the third minute when Carlos Powery scored in the 39th minute and Tony Carter levelled the score at 2-2 to end the first interval.

Chris Brown was at it again in the 51st minute to give Sunset the lead early in the second half. Tigers could not be contained as they pushed forward desperately netting two minutes later with a goal from Everton Parker. The score was now 3-3 and the ding dong battle began.

Both teams gave over half an hour of great football as they defended and attacked urgently in their desperation to get the clincher.

It was Thacker who did the damage in the 85th minute taking the score to 4-1 and two minutes later the burly former national representative Roy Forbes eased the minds of coach Paul Macey with a score line reflecting a 5-3 lead; Tigers did not give up and found the back of Sunset’s net a minute later with a goal from Carlos Powery ending the game 5-4.

In the other game played at this same venue Future with the absence of their main striker Mark Ebanks got the assistance of two younger players Jordon Ebanks and Donavan Fearon to come from behind to draw 1-1 with Scholars International.

David ‘Starky’ Harding placed his team ahead in the 52nd minute after a keenly contested 0-0 first half.

However, Ormond Moore’s lone goal halted Scholars International’s progress in getting to second place in the point standings as this 1-1 score line was the final score for this game at regulation time.

At the Annex Elite SC battled with Roma to a 3-1 result. Both teams played a great game for the dedicated spectators who came out in large numbers to watch the game.

Roma were no match for the winners in the first twenty-five minutes as they ran through Elite’s unsettled defense line several times and just kept on kicking high or wide.

Roma must be licking their wounds not putting their chances away early and allowing tough Elite to reconcile.

Roma’s woes started after Gabriel Godet was injured and had to be substituted for Derrin Ebanks who was on a goal scoring spree netting two goals.

Ebanks netted his first goal in the 40th minute after picking up a cross from Renee Carter and sent it swerving past custodian Tommy Morrison.

Thirteen minutes later Jairo Sanchez found the pigeon hole after taking a free kick for his team. In the 88th minute Ebanks completed his double.

Roma managed to score a consolation goal in the 87th minute off the boots of Wayne Smith ending the game 3-1.

The feature game played at 7:00pm between George Town and Latinos ended 2-2.

George Town took the lead from an own goal in the 64th minute after a 0-0 first interval. Justin Pierre netted in the 77th minute bringing the score to 2-0.

Latinos known for their fast movements on the ball were not about to give up and in the 79th minute were on the score sheet with a goal from Allean Grant.

In the 85th minute substitution Victor Chicas equalized for Latinos to land his team a well deserved shared points.

TEAMS: Sunset FC Chris Brown, Eric Brown, Gerald Cohen, Chris Day Junior Fisher, Roy Forbes, Allan Kelly (Declan Cassidy), Kennedy James (Rob Holmes), Chris Ordolis, Neil Purton and Carlton Black.

Subs not used: Tom Elliot.

Tigers: Amador Selgin (Carlos Garcia), Ayales Wilmer, Bodden Rolly, Tony Carter, Conolly Manlio (Arnold Andrade), Donnegan Devon, Escobar Samuel, Junior Packs, Everton Parker ( Norman Montana) Carlos Powery, Kirk Rowe.

Referee: Alfredo Whittaker, Assistant Referees Livingston Bailey and Cleve Walters. Fourth Official: Swanson Owen.

Match Commissioner: Neil Prendergast.

Games are scheduled to continue this weekend.