Scholars intent on FA Cup repeat

The focus will be on defending champions Scholars International again this Sunday when they take on Roma in the Cayman Islands Football Association FA Cup at the Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay at 5:00pm.

Scholars International are in second position with 24 points in the current Premier League competition while Roma are bottom with seven points.

This encounter is expected to be a keenly contested game as Scholars International will be trying hard to turn back Roma and save face in defending their title.

Assistant coach of Scholars International Colin ‘Dougie’ Rowe said that he does not take too lightly any team in a knock out competition.

‘Roma are an aggressive team, they fight to the end especially when facing Scholars International. We played them last week and resulting from that game we have identified a few rough areas,’ Rowe said.

‘These will be ironed out and we will be in good shape as we prepare for this encounter on Sunday.’

Roma coach Phillip Gayle said: ‘I expect a better game from Roma on Sunday as the team is looking forward to play 90 minutes of serious football. They always put out a lot more effort when they face Scholars International.

‘After a team meeting recently the players said that they are all mentally and physically prepared to have a good game. Our dream is to play good football and hope that this takes us to the next round.’

Future SC will tackle Latinos at the same venue at 7:00pm. This game too will be very interesting as Latinos have 16 points and Future have 14. In their last outing Latinos defeated Future 2-1. Who will win this time around?

At the Annex on this same date Cayman Athletics takes on Bodden Town at 5pm and at 7pm George Town play Elite same place.

This game will be worth watching as top of the table Elite who are also the latest Digicel Champions, do battle with third placed Premier League team George Town.

Tomorrow Cayman Brac flies to the TE McField Annex Play Field 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 North Side.

East End and Academy received byes.

Last season Elite and Scholars International played a tight game and the defending champions had to dig deep to get past the young Elite players boosted by national representatives Calvin Jefford Jason Ebanks, Gabriel Godet and Jairo Sanchez. Scholars won the final last year, 1-0.

This competition promises to be very interesting. The Premier League teams are playing 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 or will Elite take this title as well?

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