Top of the table team Elite SC clipped Future SC 2-1 in the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) Premier League competition played at the Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay last Sunday.
Elite are now clearly ahead with twenty eight points and if they maintain this momentum will quite likely be the first team to hold this new title.
It was Gabriel Godet who placed Elite ahead in the 16th minute. This resulted from a throw taken by Rene Carter. The ball was picked up by Arden ‘Cheeky’ Rivers who crossed it to the charging Godet who sent it pass national reserved and Futures number one goal keeper Mario Dinall into the back of the net.
Future determined to change the score made their second substitution at the start of the second half; this made the game much tougher as they stepped up the pace in defending and attacking desperately at goal.
Elite adjusted to their new game plan allowing the game to become a ding dong battle as both teams tried their best to score.
Elite on the other hand were more focused as they tried their best to take the three points. Dinall was like a wall in the goal area and try as Elite tried they could not get pass him.
Unfortunately, Dinnall made the wrong decision in the 78th minute dribbling a ball that he should have up, Donavan Godet wasted no time and latched on the ball and sent it straight to back of the net bringing to six the number of goals he has scored for his team since the start of the season.
This goal as was expected made the dying moments of the game a very close shave for Elite as Future went into attack and kept Joseph James extremely busy in Elite’s goal.
In the 84th minute Future’s efforts paid off after young James Ebanks picked up a ball and dribbled pass Elite’s central defender Abijah Rivers. Ebanks took a powerful kick which whistled pass Joseph James into the back of the net ending the game 2-1 in favor of Elite.
A delighted Technical Director of Elite Gregg Ebanks was in high spirits after the game expressing his relief of finally getting the better of Elite for the first time this season and said, ‘Basically it was an eagerly contested game, Future put a lot of pressure on us but we managed to soak it up. The score could have been level at the end of the game but lack of concentration from the goal keeper gave us the victory.’
‘We have been awaiting this victory for a long time. Both teams played well. I respect the Future team they are a strong group of hard working aggressive players who always put up a good fight,’ Ebanks concluded.
Meanwhile Assistant Coach of Future Patrick O’Neil said his team had the game ninety percent in their favor adding that they all played extremely well giving a good team performance.
‘We had ninety percent of the game. All players played extremely well and worked hard. It was a great team performance. Elite got two chances and they put them away.’
‘Had Future placed their many chances into the back of the net the results would have been different. There are many positives to be taken from this game and worked on.’
O’Neil went on to point out that Future was a young team who are gaining valuable experiences game by game and will be working on these experiences.
In the other game played at this same venue George Town came from behind to draw 1-1 with rivals George Town.
Chris Douglas netted the first in the 16th minute and misplaced his penalty in the second half while veteran Lee Ramoon netted the equalized in the 61st minute.
Elite are still in the lead with twenty-eight points, Sunset still maintains their second position with twenty-one, Scholars International and George Town are on twenty each, Latinos has stepped up to fifteen, Future on eleven, Tigers eight and Roma on seven.
Next Wednesday’s CIFA Digicel final between Elite and Scholars will see a change of venue. The match now takes place at Truman Bodden instead of the Annex.
Elite: Rene Carter, Derrin Ebanks/Chris Welcome, Jason Ebanks, Gabriel Godet, Donavan Godet, Nicholas Ebanks/Ever Scott, Dave McLaughlin, Joseph James, Abijah Rivers, Jairo Sanchez and Arden Rivers/Renford Barnes.
Future SC: Dion Brandon, Paul Brown/Paul Brown, Jermy Diaz, Mario Dinnal, Mark Ebanks, Marcus Ebanks/ Andre McFarlane, James Ebanks, Jerad Ebanks, Jordon Ebanks, Demion Williams, Martinez Carlos/Jeremy Diaz.