Nine man Elite can’t turn back the Future

Future SC came from behind to shock defending champions Elite SC by defeating them in their first game of the Cayman Islands Football Association Premier League.

The game last Sunday was at the TE McField Sports Centre in George Town.

In the other games Roma lost to Tigers 3-1, George Town defeated Bodden 3-2 and Scholars International beat Sunset 4-3.

Elite as early as the second minute of the game slipped one past Future’s goal keeper Mario Dinall resulting from a defensive error.

Despite the setback Future settled themselves immediately and took the game to the defending champions.

In the second half Future came out with more purpose. This resulted in a goal in the 50th minute scored by Andre McFarlane.

This lifted the spirit of the game as both teams battled for the clincher. Seven minutes later it was Future on target again with a goal from the prolific Mark Ebanks who had a great game.

Elite went into over drive and levelled in the 59th minute with a goal from Hank Parchment.

The game became a ding dong battle with the expulsion of two of the Elite players. Dave McLaughlin and Parchment got their marching orders. The nine men tried desperately to keep the charging Future players from infiltrating their area but this was impossible as Future were rewarded with a penalty in the 89th minute during the tussles. Michael Ebanks took the penalty successfully ending the game 3-2.

In the opening game played at this same venue Tigers came from behind superbly.

It was Roma’s new striker Dwayne Wright making his debut in the first minute who netted into an open goal after the Tiger’s keeper tripped an attacker inside the box.

Tigers settled down and in the 24th minute Keigel Atkinson netted the first goal of his hat-trick. Five minutes later Atkinson was on target again.

The second half saw Roma making some substitutions and getting past their opponents several times but these efforts were thwarted by the outstanding goal keeping of Edgardo Fuentes.

In the 90th minute Atkinson was on target again with a penalty awarded after Carlos Powery was brought down in the penalty area.

Down in West Bay at the Ed Bush Stadium it was a goal fest evening as Scholars International started the season superbly.

Scoring first was Sunset FC in the 17th minute through national striker Eric Brown from the penalty spot. In the 25th minute Christopher Ordolis netted ending the first half 2-0 in favour of Sunset.

Scholars International started the second half strongly. This approach brought success as Morris Brown scored in the 57th minute.

This was what Scholars International needed to boost their efforts. However, Sunset managed to place one more goal past Jermaine ‘Whackie Dip’ Brown in the 70th minute. Brown was returning after a year out with a broken arm.

Scholars International netted in the 74th minute through Leon Whittaker followed by substitute Chris Douglas in the 80th minute.

With the score at 3-3 both teams went ahead fighting hard for the clincher. In the 89th minute it was Fabian Malcolm who scored the all important goal for Scholars International to give them an impressive start.

In the feature game of the day at this same venue, young newcomers Bodden Town lost 3-2 to George Town in a keenly contested outing.

It was Bodden Town who went ahead in the eighth minute through Elvis Cross. In the 32nd minute George Town were trailing the young boys 2-0.

However, in the 42nd minute Justin Pierre pulled back one to end the first half 2-1.

At the start of the second half the more experienced George Town put on the pressure and in the 48th minute were on a level score line with their opponents with a goal from Charles Rowe.

In the 88th minute Justin Pierre completed his double to give George Town a deserved 3-2 victory.