Roma United escaped relegation from
the Cayman Islands Football Association Premier League after defeating First
Division champions Academy SC 3-2 in the playoffs.
They were playing for a place in
the Cayman Islands Football Association Premier League last Saturday at the TE
McField Sports Complex.
The participating teams for the
2010-11 season are Scholars International FC, George Town SC, Roma United,
Tigers FC, Elite SC, Future SC, Bodden Town and new comers East End.
Luck came to the rescue of Roma
United again this season. Technically they are one of the best team on the
island but just lack the discipline to train hard and score goals.
The team was reinstated to the
Premier League last season at the expense of Latinos FC’s inability to field a
youth team which is a mandatory requirement of teams to participate in the
senior domestic leagues administrated by CIFA.
This requirement was not met by
Latinos and Roma slipped back into the Premier League. At the end of the
competition Roma were placed seventh and had to play the second placed team of
the First Division in a play-off for the last Premier League spot.
Academy with all the intentions of
getting to the Premier League took the lead in the third minute from a soaring
free kick by Ariel Tatum.
In the 51st minute Roma drew level
with a goal form Dwayne ‘Eto’o’ Wright. Fourteen minutes later it was Academy
in the lead again with another towering kick from Tatum 30 yards out.
Two minutes later substitute Ronald
Emanuel equalized for Roma ending the regulation time score at 2-2.
The game went into extra time and
sixteen minutes later Marlon Dunk sealed the issue by scoring the clincher.
At the end of the game a delighted
Mark Campbell, manager of the Roma team said: “It was a great final as we saw
both teams put some good passes together giving the spectators something
interesting to watch.
“Academy put up a great fight, with
this mixture of young and mature players I am sure that they will be a force to
reckon with if they remain together in the future under the coaching of the renowned
Winston Chung Fah.”