Scholars International are still runaway leaders in the Cayman Islands Premier League but their 100 per cent winning record went on Sunday.
The always hard to beat Tigers lived up to their name and clawed out a 2-2 draw against Scholars at the Ed Bush Field in West Bay. Scholars scorers were Fabian Malcolm and Oneil Taylor and the Tigers players who found the mark were Jose Luis Bush and the prolific Kiegel Atkinson. That was Keigel’s fifth of the season.
In the earlier match, Elite beat Bodden Town 1-0 thanks for a Jason Ebanks goal.
At the TE McField Stadium, Future beat Sunset 1-0 thanks to a Michael Ebanks goal and George Town drew with Roma 1-1. The Brazilian newcomer Gustavo Aluisio got George Town’s goal and Roma have Ronald Emmanuel to thank for there’s.
Elite swept everyone before them last season, cruising to the Premier League title and winning the Digicel Cup. They were also beaten finalists in the FA Cup against Bodden Town.
But Elite have struggled to find the same consistency this season and star player Rene Carter feels it is a mixture of reasons.
‘Our form has dipped because I think it’s because the team is not gelling as well as it could be right now,’ Carter said. ‘But we are working hard to get back to the championship form of last season.’
Carter, 22, works in maintenance at the Comfort Suites Hotel. It involves shift work and that has hampered his football this season.
‘My form is not as good as last season and I’m trying to work hard to try to get back to that level. The problem is my work schedule has changed and I sometimes work at night so I’m not able to train all week. I sometimes train on my own in the morning to try to get back in shape.’
Calvin Jefford was the most outstanding Elite player last season and that brilliance was rewarded with a move to play for Boys Town in the Jamaican Premier League in September.
‘Losing Calvin was a blow,’ added Carter. ‘You know what a skilful player he is. Also we miss Arden ‘Cheeky’ Rivers. He decided to call it a day on the field but he still helps out with the coaching part.’
Despite the frustrations, Carter still harbours ambitions of being a full-time pro.
‘From the time I started playing football as a kid it was to become a pro and I’ll keep working hard towards that and if I get the chance I will make sure I embrace that challenge. So long as I keep fit and in shape I know that when the chance comes for me I’ll be sure to seize my chance.’