All eyes will be on Scholars International again when they take on Roma in the start of their defense of the Cayman Islands Football Association FA Cup.
It’s at the Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay on Sunday at 5pm. This was announced at the drawing which took place last week Tuesday.
Scholars International clipped Elite 1-0 courtesy of David ‘Starky’ Harding in the final last season to take the silverware they’ve held for numerous seasons. At 7pm at this same venue Future tackles Latinos.
At the Annex on this same date Cayman Athletics takes on Bodden Town at 5pm and at 7pm George Town play the hard to beat Elite.
On Saturday the Cayman Brac team will make history as they fly to the TE McField Annex Play Field in George Town for their debut game against Tigers at 5pm and at 7pm second placed Premier League team Sunset meet with leader of First Division League team NorthSide FC.
East End and Academy received byes.
Last season Elite and Scholars International played a hard fought game and the defending champions had to dig deep to get past the Elite youngsters boosted by national representatives Calvin Jefford Jason Ebanks, Gabriel Godet and Jairo Sanchez.
The packed North Side Play Field came alive as the ding dong battle ended in a goalless first half with Elite attacking in full force. This was thwarted by the Scholars International defenders headed by the dependable Jermaine ‘Whackie Dip’ Brown in goal.
Romeo Thomas, Phillip Berry and Oniel Taylor were like human walls keeping the charging youngsters and veteran Arden Rivers at bay.
Scholars International got the clincher from a corner taken by Nahun Rodriquez, the ball landed on the head of Harding who head past keeper Dominic Godet.
It was Elite’s first final in their second season as affiliates of CIFA.
This competition promises to be very interesting. The Premier League teams are playing extremely competitive football and the same can be said of the top teams in the First Division.
Elite have carved out a niche for themselves as CIFA’S best team at the moment. Can they make it to second finals this season? Can Scholars successfully defend this title? The answers will be revealed this weekend.