Cayman Athletic must have thoroughly enjoyed their Christmas break but not excessively because they resumed in the Cayman Islands Football Association Premier League with a fantastic 8-1 victory over Academy Sports Club.
The match at the North Side field on Sunday was ignited by Joshua Frederick who found the net for Athletic in the 10th minute.
Matthew Suberan (21st), David Connolly (28th) and Chris Ebanks (48th) made it safe for Athletic before Emmanuel Ricoh Brown fired in Academy’s only strike in the 49th minute.
Denver Barnes (52nd), Kyle Santamaria (82nd) and Suberan again in the 87th added to Academy’s misery before Chris Seymour notched coach Gillie Seymour’s side’s eight just before the final whistle.
Reigning champions Scholars International coasted to a 4-1 win over North Side thanks to early strikes by Damalay Howelle (12th) and Nahun Rodriguez (19th).
Gary McIntosh (65th) pulled one back for North Side before Chris Douglas (77th) and Davey McLaughlin (80th) sealed it.
At the TE McField Annex Elite beat the much improved Tigers who are no longer leaking goals too easily.
Elite central defender Abijah Rivers scored in the 10th minute before Alfredo Challenger hit two for Tigers in the 29th and 42nd. Rene Carter ensured in the 76th that Tigers would not pull off a shock victory and Cesar Dixon popped up for Elite’s winner just before the end.
In the match of the day George Town and Bodden Town battled it out at the TE McField Annex and it was the visitors who went home with all three points.
Dwayne ‘Gaza’ Wright, the league’s most prolific marksman, returned after injury to hit his tenth of the season on 23 minutes and Jamal Clarke got Bodden Town’s second in the 60th. Fabian Malcolm’s strike in the 88th minute gave GT a fighting chance but it wasn’t enough.
It is FA Cup action this weekend and league fixtures return in midweek with Scholars International playing Cayman Athletic at the Ed Bush stadium on Wednesday 23 January and Elite facing Bodden Town the following night.
At the TE McField Annex on Wednesday Tigers take on North Side and the following night Academy face George Town there. All matches kick-off at 7.30pm.
Bodden Town remain at the top of the Premier League with 22 points from nine games, but only on goal difference ahead of Elite. Scholars International are third with 18 points, then it’s George Town on 14, followed by Academy on 13 points.
Cayman Athletic are sixth with nine points, North Side have four and Tigers remain at the foot with only one point.