The Digicel Cup semi-finals are always played over two legs – an excellent way of ensuring the best teams go through – which is why George Town will play Roma United in the final next month.
All diaries should be marked for Ash Wednesday, 9 March when the Digicel Cup champs George Town hope to retain their title after overcoming Scholars International. They started Sunday’s game at the TE McField Annex 1-0 down thanks to Scholars skipper Oneil Taylor’s strike in the first leg.
That was all the extra incentive George Town needed to start the sharper team and they kept that momentum all the way through to the dreaded penalty shoot-out. Fabian Malcolm scored the game’s only goal in the 36th minute for GT. Still deadlocked after extra time, Junior Fisher sent his fans home delirious as he hit the winning penalty as George Town won the shoot-out 7-6. George Town, led by Malcolm waving a club flag, celebrated en mass. Over the two legs they fully deserved it.
In the other semi, Roma had a 2-1 advantage over East End from the first leg two weeks earlier. Three players were sent off in that game but thankfully there were no red cards this time although there was no less drama and excitement.
Tristan McField netted superbly for East End in the 17th minute. Roma skipper Kiegel ‘Stammer’ Atkinson equalised 11 minutes later. Roma’s Nicardo Beckford headed in from close range after good work from Atkinson to make it 4-2 on aggregate in the 65th minute but East End showed their terrific fighting heart three minutes later when Codie McLaughlin netted.
East End pressured with Carson Fagan coming close several times, but that vital goal would just not come for technical director Thiago Cunha’s side.