Elite and Scholars in Digicel Finals

All roads lead to the TE McField Annex Play Field in George Town on Ash Wednesday 25 February.

A tough Elite SC is set to take on perennial champions Scholars International at 7:00pm in the finals of the 2008-2009 Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) Digicel Knock-Out competition.

Their grudge game in the CIFA Premier League competition last Sunday ended 1-0 after eighty four minutes of goal-less action at the Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay.

Rene Carter was the hero for his team kicking a stunning free kick into the back of the net pass custodian Djordjic Milivoj and into the pigeon hole. That goal set the tempo of that last match-up between both teams before their Ash Wednesday clash.

This game will be youth and tactics versus experience and maturity. These attributes will definitely bring out the best in both teams resulting in spectacular football action for fans.

Elite are presently at the top of the league table with 25 points. With players such as of Donavan Godet, Rene Carter, Calvin Jefford, Gabriel Godet and the experienced Arden Rivers on the squad it is likely that Scholars International will have a tough time to say the least.

On the other hand Scholars International has been playing well with mainly substitutes according to head coach Antonio Smith.

The team has been doing well with veteran goal keeper Colin Rowe and the introduction of new goal keeper Djordjic Milivoj replacing the team’s number one goal keeper Jermaine ‘Whacky Dip’ Brown who is out on injuries.

Milivoj formerly represented Sunset FC but was released when the transfer window was open last January.

Brown, who is also the Cayman Islands national goal keeper, broke his arm during a game against Future SC late last year. He is recuperating steadily with positive response to therapy and might be ready for the finals.

Elite dismissed defending champions Roma FC from the competition in its preliminary stages and after a 0-0 first leg score line with George Town in the semi finals went ahead in the second leg to take a spot in the finals with a 3-2 result.

Donavan Godet was the star of the show on that Sunday afternoon taking a hat-trick to place his team in the finals.

Scholars International meant business from the first stage of the competition brushing aside Sunset 1-0 in the preliminary stages and going on to beat Future 2-0 in their first leg game.

Scholars International had to fight back desperately in the second leg as Future FC came out trying hard to get pass them in that game. The match ended in a 1-1 tie giving Scholars the 3-1 advantage on aggregate.

That would be enough to land Scholars into the finals with the opportunity to try to take that coveted title for the second time.

Lorenzo Brown, Phillip Berry, David ‘Starky’ Harding, Rodriquez Nahun and Kingsley Wellington are players that are expected to carry the mission of attacking and defending in order to get past this strong team.

It will be a tough game as Elite are known for finding the back of the net with the least chance they get. Scholars International on the other hand is always an attacking team that never gives up until the final sound of the whistle.

For more on the CIFA Competitions or other CIFA events contact the CIFA office at 949-5775, email [email protected].