Digicel Cup semis finely tipped

All roads lead to the TE McField Sports Centre Annex this Sunday 13 February, when the 2011 Cayman Islands Football Association Digicel Cup finalists will be decided.

At the moment former champions Roma United and Scholars International have one foot into the finals with a 2-1 and 1-0 cushion respectively.

Roma will meet East End at 5pm and defending champions George Town take on Scholars International at 7pm. The final is scheduled to be played on Ash Wednesday 9 March, at a time and venue to be announced.

Two weeks ago in the first leg, Roma United went ahead in the second minute from a superb Wayne Smith free kick. Four minutes later, Rico Bodden equalised with a spectacular free kick of his own.

The game became very physical in the second half as both teams did everything to gain the advantage going into the second leg. However, it was Kiegel Atkinson who netted the clincher in the 70th minute for Roma.

The match between Scholars International and George Town was a lack-lustre game with an absence of the flair that had been expected between the two close rivals. It was Scholar captain Oneil Taylor’s 72nd minute goal that made the difference in the game.

Without a doubt, this second leg will be worth watching as defending champions George Town SC, with the presence of Kemar Barton, Leighton Elliott, Garth Anderson and Miguel Pitta in goal, will definitely be stepping up their game to prevent the challenges of Scholars International coming from strikers Eric Brown, Victor Chicas and Aldene Forbes.

George Town will be depending on the efforts of ace forwards Tex Whitelocke and Justin Pierre to get past defenders Taylor and Encuma ‘Bulla’ Brown and goalkeeper Jermaine ‘Whacky Dip’ Brown.

The game between Roma United and East End will be hard fought as the team from the east has a score to settle as the new comers currently lounge at the bottom of the CIFA premier League table. They quite naturally will want to show some character in this return leg and make it to the finals.

They will rely on the expertise of Rico Bodden, Cardiel Hydes, Rohan Lewis and Dexter Benliss in the defence supported by goal hungry strikers Triston McField, Carson Fagan and Roderick Pearson.

These key players will have to be skilful enough to evade the attacks of Roma’s Atkinson, Smith, Adrian Dawkins and Craig Carridice and get past Omar Stewart, Naresh Hart, Nicardo Beckford in the back line as well as Tommy Morrison in goal to reach the finals.

Overall both games will be action packed and spectators will be treated with good football action.