GT focus on Digicel hat-trick

Football action goes from league to Digicel Cup this weekend with the pick of the matches the one between holders George Town and Premier League champs Elite.  

It’s at the TE McField Annex on Sunday at 7pm. The earlier match, starting 5pm, is between Cayman Athletic and Roma United, two entertaining sides that play attractive football and whose results are always unpredictable. They can both be at the end of an excellent win and just as easily lose heavily.  

At the Ed Bush stadium in West Bay, Scholars International face local rivals Future in the 7pm match. The earlier game at Ed Bush, kick off 5pm, is between Tigers and Bodden Town who picked up their fifth consecutive win, beating George Town 2-1 to go second in the league ahead of Scholars International on Sunday. Tigers are had a confidence boosting win too on Sunday, beating Future through goals by Miguel Simms and Manilo Connolly.  

The Digicel Cup stayed with George Town in March after another emphatic victory confirmed them as Cayman’s undisputed knockout specialists.  

Last season George Town showed their class in knock out competitions by turning back the spirited challenge of Roma. GT goals came from Justin Pierre, who scored twice, Leighton ‘Rumpy’ Elliott before Roma scored through Omar Stewart to make it 3-1. 

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. 

George Town promised to improve their league form this season but haven’t been able to do so, winning only four times in 10 games. They have 13 points but leaders Elite are on 23 with Bodden Town second and Scholars International second and third respectively on 22.  

George Town captain Ian Lindo is at the heart of the midfield that includes Garth Anderson and Fabian Malcolm. Upfront they have the likes of David ‘Starky’ Harding and Justin Pierre to bang the goals in, yet Lee Ramoon’s side have struggled against the weaker teams so far.  

Lindo said: “We’re confident we can beat Elite this time even though they beat us in the league earlier in the season. We had the early chances but failed to score and they made the most of their two chances to win. We have been inconsistent in the league and want to put it right.  

“We will look to control the tempo in this match. Our excellent cup form I put down to the fact that is it a do or die situation and we’re aware that one loss and you’re out.”  

manilo connolly

Manilo Connolly scored for Tigers.

Kyle Santamaria

Ace Athletic striker Kyle Santamaria plays 5-a-side at a high level too.

Ian Lindo

George Town skipper Ian Lindo hopes to keep his side’s winning Digicel Cup streak going. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLNGFORD