FA Cup thrills again

Defending Champions Scholars International face Sunset in the CIFA FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

Kick off is at the Annex at 7pm and Academy meet Latinos at 5pm. This was announced at the drawing held live in the studios of Radio Cayman in the presence of Jeffrey Webb president of CIFA and vice president David Frederick.

Coaches Winston Chung Fah, Gregory Ebanks, Chris Douglas (Scholars International) and Jason Ebanks (Elite) were also there.

This season marks the 43rd year of the staging of this competition the grand father of all CIFA competitions.

According to Webb the level of the games in the Premier League has lifted significantly and he envisions spirited football games leading up to the finals.

He said: ‘Since the start of the Premier League season the standard of football on the island has improved tremendously. The games are more competitive and no team can sit back believing that they are undefeated they have to play hard to win their games.

‘These quarter-finals are going to be very interesting, with three First Division teams participating at this stage who knows there may be an upset.’

Scholars International who defeated Roma 3-2 in extra time in the preliminary stages are in fourth place in the CIFA Premier League competition with 25 points.

Sunset have stepped up to third place by creating history last Sunday as the first team to defeat the hard to beat Elite team 2-1 at the Ed Bush Stadium.

Eric Brown netted twice for Sunset while Calvin Jefford scored the consolation goal for Elite.

Scholars International with the likes of Phillip Berry, Nikolai Hill, Chris Douglas, Romeo Thomas and David Harding will do their best to keep the deadly Sunset strikers Eric and Chris Brown at bay.

According to Paul Macey Sunset’s head coach, this game will be a tough game but his team is well prepared.

‘Obviously this game is going to be very tight. We have faced Scholars International on three occasions this season. We lost twice 1-0 and drew 2-2 once. At the moment we have no special plans, we are just well prepared,’ Macey said.

Meanwhile, Collin ‘Dougie’ Rowe coach of Scholars International said he expects a difficult game as Sunset is a very consistent team who has landed the Digicel Champions Elite their first defeat.

‘We know that Sunset is a good team they have been consistently playing well all season,’ Rowe said.

‘This is a knock out and every team wants to win. We know it will be a tough game but we are prepared to face any task Sunset has for us and take it from there.

‘I am inviting everyone to come out to watch this game; Sunset is on a high at this time having beaten leaders of the Premier League Elite 2-1 last Sunday. This game will be very interesting.’

Latinos will be facing Academy at the Annex, this game will not be a walk over as Latinos are in sixth position in the Premier League and Academy are sixth as well in the Foster’s First Division League.

Latinos are known for their fast pace movements on the ball and their spectacular goal scoring ability when least expected.

On the other hand, the Winston Chung Fah coached Academy can put up resistance and make this game interesting. This match can go either way. It boils down to who wants it more.

Latinos have carved out a niche in the big league having held this title several times before. The Academy team is a young side and after getting a bye may be preparing for the kill.

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