Elite by name and elite by nature. They’re Digicel Cup champions and considering they lead the Premier League by nine points that looks like a certainty too.
On Wednesday night Elite’s youngsters lived up to the promise they’ve been showing for years with a mature, skilful and tenacious performance to outplay Scholars International for most of the game.
The crowd at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town was thrilled by exhibition stuff throughout.
As early as the ninth minute Elite opened their account when Rene Carter fired across goal for their first. It was ironic that Carter scored against the club that he had played for until recently.
This was added insult to Scholars because Carter hit the only goal against them in a game three weeks ago.
Donovan Godet was the hat-trick hero for Elite in the semi-finals and he continued his scoring streak with a gift of a chance in the 15th minute after a mix up in the Scholars defence between keeper Milivoj Djordjic and Romeo Thomas.
Scholars had a good spell after that with Fabian Malcolm and David Harding coming close.
After the break, a fired up Scholars pressed and Nikolai Hill burst through but his volley was easily collected by James Josephs.
The killer goal came in the 61st minute when from a marvellous build up on the right, Hank Parchment’s low drive made it 3-0.
A flurry of substitutions followed on both sides. Chris Douglas was the most notable for Scholars and his pace was immediately evident.
Elite’s Calvin Jefford was busy all night and his deflected shot from 20 yards was saved at the foot of the post for a corner. He also had a shot tipped over by Djordjic.
Elite’s fourth came from a penalty by substitute Jairo Sanchez in the 81st minute.
Scholars got a consolation goal three minutes later when Rodriquez Nahun fired in a penalty.
Carter was deservedly the man of the match in a great game worthy of a final.
In an earlier match to decide the women’s under-17s Digicel Cup, Women’s United overcame some stiff resistance from a spirited Future side to take the trophy with a 3-0 win.
Goals came from Shanice Monteith (13th minute), Ashley Borde (45th) and Somali Hall (88th).