The Digicel Cup will have a new winner this season because George Town, who were champs two seasons previously, have gone out in the first round. At the TE McField Annex on Sunday the big match of the day was between George Town, the cup kings who have also won the FA Cup for the last two years, and Elite, Premier League leaders and reigning league champs.
Games between these two are always tight and even when Jairo Sanchez scored for Elite in the tenth minute from a blistering free-kick, George Town’s chances couldn’t be written off. But just before half-time their task was made harder because Mitchie Williams put through his own net when chasing back as Dwight ‘Gaza’ Wright closed in behind him.
George Town pushed to get back in the game after the break and got a late breakthrough when Fabian Malcolm scored in the 81st minute. But last moment jitters were dispelled by Elite when Alex Belcher gathered from Gaza and unleashed a low drive past Clay Coleman to make it 3-1 and take Elite into the next round.
In the earlier game at the same venue, Roman United, who lost to George Town in last season’s final, were taken into extra time against Cayman Athletic. Roma have a habit of making it hard for themselves and this was a classic example because early in the game they were awarded a penalty but Ronald ‘Ole School’ Emmanuel had his the kick well saved by Jamie Johnson who made a series of good stops throughout.
Both sides had a number of chances to score but the vital goal came from Kenroy ‘Boyze’ Graham, a superb 25-yard-shot that flew into the top corner in the 101st minute. Boyze had come on as a substitute and his fresh legs made all the difference.
In the Digicel Cup games at the Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay, Bodden Town overcame a spirited Tigers side 2-1. All the goals came late. Alfredo Challenger put Tigers ahead in the 73rd miute before Yefry Calderon hit one in the 79th minute and Arvid Harris got the winner four minutes from time.
In the battle of West Bay sides, high flying Scholars International won 2-0 against Future Sporting Club, thanks to goals by Mark Ebanks (12th minute) and Damalay Howelle in the 85th.