The Digicel Cup stays with George Town for another year after another emphatic victory confirmed them as Cayman’s undisputed knockout specialists.
Elite may be on the verge of winning the league title handsomely, but it’s George Town who can boast the title of kings of cup competition. They are also the FA Cup holders.
On Wednesday night at the TE McField Annex, George Town showed their class by turning back the spirited challenge of the new-look Roma United who only just avoided relegation last year but have improved considerably this term.
The outcome could have been much different had normally reliable Roma defender Morris Brown not hoofed his penalty way over the bar after only five minutes. Nerves got the better of Brown who otherwise had a sound game.
George Town settled quickly after that, broke faster and sprayed their passes around and were suitably rewarded in the 31st minute when Justin Pierre rose from captain Ian Lindo’s pinpoint cross to head across goal and into the top corner.
Stand out defender Leighton ‘Rumpy’ Phillips then had a clear header from a Garth Anderson free kick to make it 2-0 11 minutes later.
Three minutes after the break, George Town effectively sealed victory with their third and Pierre’s second when he scored from close range. Roma shuffled the side and had a breakthrough soon after when Omar Stewart pulled one back in the 55th minute to make it 3-1.
And that is how it stayed. GT’s technical director Lee Ramoon was confident of victory way before the end which is why he pulled off an exhausted Pierre who had started with the side’s other potent strikers David ‘Starky’ Harding and Tex Whitelocke.
So for the second year running George Town received their medals from Cayman Islands Football Association president Jeffrey Webb and Digicel’s chief executive officer Victor Corcorcan.
On this form, they won’t be easy to knock out of the FA Cup either.