Tigers back to winning ways

Carlos Powery’s hat trick helped Tigers FC to win their second game of the season taking three points at the expense of Future SC in the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) Premier League competition last Sunday at the Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay.

The game ended 4-3 with Carlos Powery netting in the 9th, 27th, and 60th minute and Kirk Rowe in the 87th.

Tigers FC, known for their attacking and goal hunting stance, came from behind to win the game in their desperate attempt to avoid relegation.

After winning their first game 1-0 against Roma, Tigers SC went into a long losing spell and has been at the bottom of the league table for a long time.

Recently they improved in their games and gave leaders of the league Elite and Sunset a tough game. Obviously these games were to prepare the team for this second win.

Captain of Future SC and Cayman national team representative Dion Brandon was first on the score sheet placing one at the back of the net in the 5th minute of the game. Four minutes later Powery started his goal scoring spree. He scored his second goal in the 27th minute ending the first half 2-1 in favour of Tigers.

Mark Ebanks then made his mark in the 49th minute to level the score. This was short lived as in the 60th minute Powery made the score 3-2 to complete his hat-trick.

With the wind going against Tigers the young Future kept the game tight and very intense, disallowing the Tigers to attack with much success.

However, in the 87th minute Kirk Rowe placed his team further ahead with a 4-2 score line.

The game was not over and Future did not stop trying hard to score more goals with the intention of levelling the score.

Those efforts from the young West Bay boys paid off in the 90th minute when Donavan Ferron netted the last goal of the game. From there the match would end 4-3 after referee Mitchell St. Clair blew the final whistle.

Proud Tigers player/coach Walter Hernandez said that the game was competitive as Future attacked well, using their fitness as an advantage. But in the end he felt his team was prepared for that and used their experience.

‘The game was very competitive. Future attacked well and used their fitness to their advantage. However, we were prepared and knew that it would be key not to keep up with their fitness, but instead use our experience to control the game and achieve the result.

‘Overall, my team played as a unit and fought strong to the end to bring us a well-needed three points,’ Hernandez stated.

In the grudge game played at the same venue between Elite and Scholars International, it was Elite’s Rene Carter who made the difference in the 84th minute when Referee Alfredo Whittaker awarded a free kick to Elite.

Romeo Thomas in his desperate attempt to stop Calvin Jefford from going forward brought him down just outside the eighteen yard box.

That was all that Carter required to send a message to his former team-mates. Carter would send the ball curving into the back of the net into the pigeon hole pass a clueless custodian Mjordjic Milivoj, ending the game 1-0.

Carter’s goal has been described as the best goal of the season as this youngster continues to carve out a niche for himself in Cayman football.

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.

Future SC: Denver Barnes, Contreras Sergio, Jermy Diaz, Mario Dinnal, Mark Ebanks, Marcus Ebanks, James Ebanks, Jerad Ebanks, Michael Johnson, Andre McFarlane, Ormond Moore.

Subs: Dexter Beckford, Otis Myles, Miguel Pitta and Stewart Cashas.

Referee: Alfredo Whittaker, Assistant Referees Dwayne Ebanks and Sharon Collins. Fourth Official: Mitchell St Clair.

Match Commissioner: Neil Prendergast

For more contact the CIFA office at 949-5775 or e-mail [email protected].