Roma eye Digicel repeat over GT

Cayman is in the thick of cup action, what with the FA Cup first round played over the weekend – and football lovers can look forward to the Digicel Cup final next week.

It will be between Roma United and double cup holders George Town at the TE McField Annex on Ash Wednesday, 9 March. Roma are one of the most entertaining teams in the Premier League.

After a good start their league form has dropped off a little recently, but they a still a magnificent cup team, as witnessed by the way they overcame a spirited Sunset side on Saturday 3-2 to get through to the second round of the FA Cup.

Roma president Bobby Sairsingh hopes his team can repeat their Digicel Cup success of 2008. “It certainly could be a repeat of 2008 and Roma will work hard to win the Digicel Cup again this time,” he said.

“Roma always have exciting games against George Town and we expect nothing less in this final. We respect George Town and look forward to facing them in what we expect to be a highly competitive match in the final. We beat them in 2008, 1-0 and hope to do it again.

Wayne ‘Bigga’ Smith was Roma’s talisman three years ago but he is has been used as a late playing substitute in recent games. “Bigga was a hero indeed in 2008 as he scored the winning goal. He has recently re-joined the team under our new coach who is monitoring his current form and progress.

“For the Digicel Cup games, our key has been teamwork. All our players can produce and have produced good performances. Our key players this season have really been our captain Keigel ‘Stammer’ Atkinson, Kevin ‘Tikki’ McField and Craig Carridice.” McField is their top scorer and always a danger in Roma’s fast counter-attacks.

Sairsingh has seen a definite improvement recently in Roma’s league form. “Many of our players are now approaching peak form after four months of league play. It helps that the team’s spirit of cooperation and camaraderie has improved.

“Our new head coach Stephen Petgrave has brought sound knowledge, experience and the humour that he injects in training has been refreshing. He is duly respected and appreciated by all members.

“He also liases between the team and management and that has worked well because he is like a buffer and it has created better harmony. Overall he has certainly added many positives.

“Our sponsors are pleased with the team’s recent good results in the league and progress to the Digicel Cup final. Our main sponsors are National Building Society of Cayman and JN International Money Services – Quik Cash.

“Our minor sponsors are Pharmaton and Seaboard Marine. Our main sponsors have brought relief and stability to many organisational and operational difficulties that the club was experiencing. Their help and participation with the club are greatly appreciated.”

Assuming Elite will tie up the league title soon, because they are 17 points ahead with only six games to play, Sairsingh hopes for a high finish. “We will strive to finish in the top three.”