Markie fires Scholars up

Scholars International avoided a third successive Cayman Premier League draw with a convincing and desperately needed victory over George Town Sports Club on Sunday.

Mark Ebanks was handed the captain’s armband and it certainly seemed to inspire the young striker as he spearheaded a wonderful attacking display by Scholars. Ebanks scored both of Cayman’s goals during their recent 2014 FIFA Brazil World Cup qualifying campaign.

But it was Scholars defender Tom Elliot who opened the scoring in the eight minute, scoring from an acute angle. George Town’s Justiin Pierre and Garth Anderson went close before Ebanks slotted home to put Scholars two up.

George Town never gave up the fight and were rewarded a penalty in the 89th minute after Scholars goal keeper Alexis Reve clattered into GT substitute Kevin Moore. Fabian Malcolm converted the penalty to set up a grand finale.

In the dying moments, Mark Ebanks broke away rapidly to set up Damalay Howelle who fired home. That wrapped up a good night’s work for Scholars who deservedly took all three points to keep pace with league leaders Elite.

In the earlier tie at Ed Bush Sports Complex in West Bay, Bodden Town put on a fantastic display against a struggling Cayman Athletic side that has only picked up one win so far this season. BT’s Arvid Harris took the plaudits after bagging two solo efforts, his first coming in the opening 15 minutes. Luis Calderon hit a superb volley in the 43rd minute just before half time to give BT a two goal advantage before the break. Harris completed the scoring in the 75th minute.

At the TE McField (Annex) Sports Complex in George Town struggling teams Future and Roma played out a 1-1 draw in the early fixture. Paul Brown scoring for Future, Marvin Grant for Roma. The late fixture saw current Cayman Premier League champions and league leaders Elite come from a goal behind against Tigers to win and continue their superb form. Since losing to Roma on the opening day of the Cayman Islands Premier League, Elite have only dropped two points in eight games. Alfredo Challenger put Tigers ahead in the 55th minute, making the most of a rare counter attack. Elite levelled in the 62nd minute through Alex Belcher’s fine run and screamer from the edge of the box and completed the comeback in the 80th through Jairo Sanchez who scored his second goal of the season.

Week 10 hosts some intriguing match ups, the must see game of the week kicks off at 7pm at the TE McField (Annex) as Elite host second place Scholars International. At the same time at the Bodden Town field, George Town look to rebound against Bodden Town who are in great form, winning four of their

last five.

In the 5pm fixtures, Tigers and Future will battle it out at Bodden Town field, whilst the TE McField (Annex) hosts Roma United and Cayman Athletic 
Sports Club.

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