Elite Sports Club continued their fine start to the season with their fourth win in six matches at the TE McField Annex on Sunday and remain top of the Premier League.
The 2-0 defeat of Roma United came through goals by Jason Ebanks (35th minute) and Lloyd Rhoden (77th).
Spurred on by bullish captain Abijah Rivers, Elite are finding the form of old when they were Cayman’s dominant side. Jairo Sanchez is back from suspension in midfield and his distribution to strike duo Mark Ebanks and Dwayne “Gaza” Wright is priceless as well as his deftness with free kicks.
The youngsters Elite technical director Greg Ebanks has introduced have blended in quickly with the more seasoned players and so far the formula is working well.
In the later game at the Annex Scholars International drew 0-0 with George Town. Reigning champions Bodden Town lost ground again with the early leaders, managing only a 1-1 draw with visitors Cayman Athletic to the Bodden Town field, aka The Office.
Theron Wood, last season’s top scorer, got off the mark in only his second match of the campaign, in the 13th minute after Christopher Ebanks had put Athletic ahead five minutes earlier.
Cayman Brac had a disappointing home result again, this time to Sunset, losing 3-1. Paul Hennessey scored twice for Sunset and Raheem Robinson got the other. The Brac scorer was Denrick Gayle, his fourth of the season.
Elite have 12 points and second placed Cayman Athletic are on 11.
George Town and Scholars are both on nine points; Roma are fifth with eight; Bodden Town and Sunset are on seven; and Cayman Brac are bottom with the solitary point gained at Bodden Town on the opening weekend.
Top scorer is Athletic’s David Connolly on eight. He has quickly earned a reputation as super-sub because coach Ernie “Gillie” Seymour has used him sparingly, usually bringing on the teenager in the second half.
Matthew Suberan, 19, continues to shine up front for Athletic as do many of Gillie’s youngsters who are defying predictions that they would struggle against the more mature teams.
Scholars want a big win to revive their Premier League ambitions against Brac at Ed Bush on Saturday, kick-off 8 p.m. Scholars won the Premiership three seasons ago and as this season has started with some surprising results, see no reason why they cannot recapture that title under technical director Dougie Rowe who is blending youngsters with the seasoned players superbly, Steve Tibbetts Jr. being one of them on Sunday.
The following day at Ed Bush Elite face Cayman Athletic and at the Annex the early match is between Sunset and Roma before Bodden Town face George Town.