Elite wait till math works out

Elite Sporting Club’s spectacular season continues after they kept their unbeaten Premier League record intact on Sunday and effectively gave themselves an unassailable lead.

They have 41 points from 15 Premier League games and are a massive 17 points ahead of second placed George Town.

If Elite beat Bodden Town on Sunday they will be champions because they will be mathematically impossible to catch.

Elite beat East End United 3-0 at the East End Play Field on Sunday with goals from Derrin Ebanks in the 8th minute, Alex Belcher and Dwayne ‘Gaza’ Wright in the 40th and 70th respectively. The only game Elite have lost all season was in the Digicel Cup to George Town.

They have won 13 of their 15 league games, scoring 48 in the process and only conceding 19. Elite provide the league’s top three scorers with Belcher on 13, Jairo Sanchez with 11 and Wright on 10.

Scholars striker Eric Brown has 10 as well and on nine are Bodden Town’s Arvid Harris, Nahun Rodriguez (Tigers) and Tex Whitelocke (George Town). Elite midfielder Derrin Ebanks has weighed in with eight goals.

Elite’s technical director Gregory Ebanks said: “I’m extremely happy. It has been stressful monitoring the points even though we’re way ahead.

“I don’t accept complacency, which happened to a certain extent two years ago when we won the league but dropped a lot of points towards the end.

“That was partly because I had to go away on a course, but this time I haven’t got any travelling to do. Hopefully, I’m here for the entire season.”

Despite the inevitable championship win, Ebanks is still not getting carried away. “I’ll celebrate when it’s reality,” he laughed.

The side is captained by Abijah Rivers and many Elite players have shown admirable consistency throughout the season, but Ebanks sticks to his policy of not selecting anyone for extra praise.

“Overall consistency has been the key to our success. Sometimes an individual may be outstanding but it is the overall collective team effort that I’m pleased with. That is the most important ingredient for success.”

Scholars International are third in the league with 23 points. Then comes Bodden Town on 21, followed by Roma on 18, Tigers on 16, Future with 13 and East End have 12.

In George Town at the TE McField Sports Complex on Sunday Tigers beat defending league champions Scholars International 1-0 with a goal from David Arch in the 86th minute. Scholars only have themselves to blame because they had plenty of chances before Arch’s late strike.

The best of which came from a penalty early in the game when Nikolai ‘Bruiser’ Hill was brought down. Curiously, Scholars allowed their keeper, Jermaine ‘Whacky Dip’ Brown to take it but it was comfortably saved by Edgargo Fuentes. Tigers almost launched a counter-attack that could have further embarrassed Brown who had to chase back to get in his goal.

At the same venue Lenox ‘Lanky’ Bryan was the hero for George Town, netting the lone goal in the feature game against Bodden Town in the 20th minute.

The match between Roma and Future was postponed due to lack of enough players available for Future to compete as several of the club’s players were selected to play in a competition overseas. The new date for this game will be announced soon.

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Oshane Facey of Scholars, left, and Kirk Rowe of Tigers tussle for the ball.
PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD