Elite not getting carried away

Elite Sports Club hope to build on their early season success against George Town this weekend. 

Elite are top of the Premier League after four games having beaten reigning champs Bodden Town 3-2 on Sunday. Now Elite face the always dangerous George Town at the TE McField Annex on Sunday, kick off 7 p.m. hoping to keep that momentum going.  

The earlier game at the Annex is between Roma and Bodden Town. Scholars International play Sunset at the Ed Bush stadium in West Bay at 7 p.m. on Sunday and the day before Cayman Brac host Cayman Athletic.  

Elite’s technical director Greg Ebanks said, “We’re in good spirits and really starting to gel. Everyone has a better understanding of their roles and we’re developing well.” 

Ebanks admits that because Bodden Town’s Thomas Bush was sent off in the first half helped considerably, nevertheless his side did what was necessary to grab the three points.  

Ebanks admitted that although Elite have scored 11 times, they have also conceded six goals which is not good defensively and need to tighten up against a strong counter-attacking side like George Town.  

“George Town have won their last two games convincingly and we’re mindful of that,” Ebanks said. He expects a typical close game. Their rivalry in recent seasons have produced classic matches. 

Deadly Elite strikers Mark Ebanks and Dwayne “Gaza” Wright have already scored three apiece. 

But Ebanks is likely to be going for trials with a pro club in the US in January so the onus will be on Wright and the rest of the team.  

At least Jairo Sanchez is back after suspension which will help Elite in defense. 

“It’s good to have Sanchez back but he is not fully match fit,” coach Ebanks said. “We’re sliding him in gradually.” 

He added that he is pleased to be leading the league but there is still a long way to go to the end of the season. 

Elite have suffered in recent seasons with small squads, fading towards the end of each campaign has they lost key players to injury, suspension and unavoidable absences. This season Ebanks hopes not to suffer the same fate because he has bolstered the team with midfielders Rolly Bodden and Alejandro Ruiz.  

Both are seasoned campaigners who have returned from spells abroad. Ebanks is especially pleased with Ruiz who has graduated from Hiram College in Ohio.  

“Alejandro is contributing well to the team,” Ebanks said. “He has scored one so far and slotted in nicely.” 

Paul McField if George Town’s head coach. He admitted that a couple of his best players will be out through injury but George Town will still be a hard team to break down.  

“Nicholas Ebanks and Ariel Tatum are injured but we will still be competitive,” McField said, adding that his twin strike force of Tex Whitelocke and Miguel Simms are scoring regularly, central defender Leighton “Rumpy” Elliott is as dominant as ever – especially in the air – and newcomer Mark Brown has slotted in impressively.  

George Town surprisingly lost their first two games but have found their rhythm since and look likely to press for top spot, a position they occupied for much of last season before trailing off in the closing games.  

 

Alejandro-Ruiz

Alejandro Ruiz has bolstered the Elite midfield. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

Rumpy

Leighton “Rumpy” Elliott is playing as well as ever.