GT’s cup run will test reserves

George Town have become cup kings in recent years so it was no surprise that they reached the FA Cup final majestically for the third successive time.

First half goals by the prolific midfielder Fabian Malcolm and striker Tex Whitelocke saw them through in a 2-0 win over Cayman Athletic at the TE McField Annex on Sunday.

George Town have won the FA Cup for the past two seasons and also the Digicel Cup last year and the year before. Elite beat GT early in the Digicel Cup this time round and went on to win it but at GT want to make a hat-trick of FA Cup triumphs on 13 May at the TE McField Annex against perennial adversaries Scholars International who beat Academy Sporting Club 2-1.

Scholars scorers were captain Oneil Taylor in the 17th minute and Nahun Rodriguez in the 74th. Fabio Gall scored for Academy in the 45th.

It’s a busy time for GT captained by Ian Lindo, as they are preparing for the next round of the Caribbean Football Union Club Champions, which will be held here. The matches will be played on 21, 23 and 25 May at the Annex.

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George Town will battle with Caledonia AIA of Trinidad, Puerto Rico Islanders and Baltimore Sporting Club from Haiti. They are competing for two spots in the CFU Final Group which qualifies for the CONCACAF Champions League.

Lee Ramoon, GT’s technical director, said: “The players have been working really hard, training four times a week and playing up to two games as well, so it’s been crazy.

“No signs of fatigue yet but some of our training sessions are not always hard, relaxing so that we can recoup. We haven’t got a big squad and we’re missing three key players through injury in Junior Fisher, Nicholas Ebanks and Justin Pierre. We’ll just have to work a little harder and stay focused.”

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