A struggling Roma United landed league table leaders Scholars International their first defeat this season on Sunday.
Roma won 2-0 at the TE McField Sorts Complex with a marvellous display of controlled football.
Scholars International are still ahead with 24 points despite this loss after playing 11 rounds of matches.
Roma propelled by the close encounter with George Town last week in their Digicel Cup preliminary game found their best form despite being bottom of the Cayman Islands Football Association Premier League.
However, in the 24th minute Roma from a set play went ahead with a goal from Dwayne ‘Gaza’ Wright.
In the 50th minute Ronald ‘Old School’ Emanuel sent the ball flying past Jermaine Brown to seal the issue of taking the three points. Roma are now seventh on 11 points.
Elated Roma manager/coach Robert Sairsingh said: ‘Roma members are all very pleased to have achieved this excellent 2-0 win over the league leaders. The entire team was resilient and determined against the charging Scholars although playing without some of our key players.’
‘We countered against the run of play with two beautifully executed strikes from Wright and Emmanuel and stalwart defending from Kemar Boothe and Omar Moody to seal the win.
‘We respect Scholars for their many successes over the years and their proven ability to win games and championships. We know however, that Roma has some very good talent and when we apply that talent to a good game plan, we can be very competitive.
‘We will endeavour to maintain high levels of discipline and confidence to achieve continued success this season.’
Meanwhile a disappointed technical director Antonio Smith blamed the defeat on the lack of adequate training facilities and the absence of five of his key players; Kingsley Wellington, Fabian Malcolm, Roy Forbes, Encuma Brown and Nahun Rodriguez.
Smith said: ‘Our performance has fallen due to limited access to our regular training facilities which have been used for games on regular basis.
‘We are going to play our last game for this year against Sunset this weekend. We are going to do our best to win this one and make all possible efforts to resolve this issue next year. We will rebound, Scholars International does not stay down for long we will try our best to remain on top.’
In the other game played at the same venue Sunset drew 0-0 with George Town.
At the Bodden Town Sports complex Michael Ebanks’ double in the 36th and 61st minute gave Future three points when they defeated Tigers 2-1. Kiegel Atkinson netted in the 90th minute for Tigers.
Defending champions Elite lost 1-0 to Bodden Town at this same venue in the feature game at 7:00pm with a goal from substitute Danu Smith in the 85th minute.
The CIFA Premier League game between Scholars and bottom-placed Sunset at the TE McField Stadium on Sunday at 7pm will be televised live on Cayman 27.
In the earlier game, George Town face Tigers at 5pm.
Defending champions Elite face Roma at the Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay at 7pm and Bodden Town meet Future at 5:pm.
George Town are still in second position on 20 points, Tigers on 17.
The league will take a break after this weekend until 10 January when the semi-finals of the CIFA Digicel Cup will be played. Premier League action will resume on 17 January.