Scholars taken to finishing school

George Town confirmed their credentials as Premier League title challengers with an impressive 2-0 victory over Scholars International on Sunday.

The match at the TE McField Annex was its usual cut and thrust throughout, only this season George Town is finding the net more consistently. In previous seasons their league form let them down because of poor finishing, but this term they have already scored 15 times in only six matches.

Andre “Blacka” McFarlane toe poked through a dense Scholars defense for George Town’s first in the 24th minute and Tex Whitelocke finished off a fine move in the 58th minute to confirm the points. Ariel Tatum had an excellent game in midfield for George Town.

Scholars won the Premier League two seasons ago and ran Bodden Town close up to the last few games in the last campaign, but they are going through a transition and evidently miss midfield general Nahun Rodriguez, who has returned to Honduras for a spell.

Some of their youngsters are settling into the side well, like midfielder Axel Dominguez, who just needs time to mature and adapt to the faster pace and more physical style than he is used to in the reserves.

In the earlier game at the TE McField Annex, Bodden Town remained unbeaten but only recorded their third win in six games with a 3-1 beating of Elite Sports Club.

These two teams know each other well and matches are always tight. Dwayne “Gaza” Wright returned to Elite this season after a triumphant year with Bodden Town.

Gaza’s replacement Ricoh Brown found the target in the 18th minute, 12 minutes after teammate Theron Woody opened the scoring. Gaza has a record of scoring against his former clubs and this match was no exception. He found the target in the 28th minute to give Elite hope.

The second half saw a series of chances going begging and the result was not confirmed until Woody hit his second in the 81st minute to give Bodden Town a deserved 3-1 victory.

In the early match at the North Side field, newly promoted Sunset showed they have no intention of returning to the First Division, with a 5-0 drubbing of bottom club Academy.

Alfredo Challenger made Sunset glow as early as the second minute before former George Town stalwart Justin Pierre hit two. Timothy Edwards scored in the 40th minute, and although Academy stemmed the flow after the break, Tom Chipchase hit Sunset’s fifth two minutes before the end.

In the later match, North Side beat Cayman Athletic 1-0.

George Town remain at the league summit with 16 points, with Scholars still second on 13 points. Bodden Town (12) is third, then it’s Elite (10), Sunset (8), North Side (5) and on one point each are Cayman Athletic and Academy.

Top marksmen are Wright and Wood with seven. Brown and Whitelocke have four apiece and then on three are Jessus Ebanks and Mark Ebanks (both Elite) and Scholars skipper Oneil Taylor.

Elite plays Sunset at the North Side field at 5 p.m. on Sunday before Bodden Town face Scholars in the 7 p.m. game.

At the TE McField Annex, George Town takes on North Side in the early game and Academy battles with Cayman Athletic in the later game.