Elite’s fighting spirit prevailed

Elite continued their triumphant run in the Cayman Islands Football Association Premier League competition last Sunday at the Ed Bush Stadium by defeating Bodden Town, with defending champions Scholars International FC remaining in second place despite losing to Future SC.

Arvid Harris put Bodden Town ahead in the first minute of the game. Derrin Ebanks equalised in the 15th minute and 15-year-old Jermaine Wilson made it 2-1 in the 40th minute for Elite.

In the second half Bodden Town fought desperately to get ahead and Kareem James netted in the 56th and 58th minutes to put them 3-2 up.

Bodden Town’s joy did not last long as Elite dug deep to equalise in the 64th minute through Jairo Sanchez. In the 80th minute Dwayne ‘Gaza’ Wright scored Elite’s vital killer goal to make it 4-3 in a thrilling encounter.

In the other game played at this venue, Future defeated defending champions Scholars International 2-1. Future’s Demion Williams netted the first goal in the 10th minute and Denver Barnes made the score 2-0 in the 47th minute. Scholars International trailed throughout the game, with Nikolai Hill getting the consolation score in the 74th minute.

Meanwhile, at the TE McField Sports Centre in George Town, Roma had the better of East End 3-1. East End went ahead in the 20th minute through Kemar Sanderson. Roma’s Craig Carridice responded in the 32nd minute.

In the second segment the game became a ding-dong battle as both teams fought to take the lead. This resulted in an own goal scored by East End’s Rico Bodden in the 75th minute in his desperate attempt to keep Roma out.

This goal definitely had a negative effect on the East Enders who could not regroup quickly enough to contain Roma, who were now running like well oiled machines. In the 90th minute substitute Kevin ‘Ticky’ McField hit Roma’s third.

Tigers defeated George Town 2-1 in the feature game, which was recorded and replayed at the Aqua Beach Restaurant on West Bay Road. Tex Whitelocke drew first blood for George Town in the 36th minute.

The second half saw both teams playing a more competitive game and applying some pressure. In the 52nd minute the prolific Nahun Rodriquez netted the equaliser. Both teams battled for the clincher keeping the spectators at the edge of their seats with several attempts at goal. However, in the 72nd minute Loren Bennett found the goal that gave Tigers the victory.

The feature game this Sunday

12 December, will be between defending champions Scholars International and top of the table Elite at the ED Bush Stadium in West Bay at 7pm. This game will be recorded for replay at the Aqua Beach Restaurant on West Bay Road. Roma United meet Bodden Town at 5pm in the earlier game there. At the TE McField Sports Centre, Tigers play East End at 5pm and at 7pm George Town face Future.

This competition takes a break on 19 December, when the CIFA Digicel Cup gets under way. The Premier League competition resumes on Sunday 9 January.

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Tiger Wilson, 15, plays like a vet.
PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD
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