Scholars need to relearn formula that brought titles

The Premier League resumes this weekend and the pick of the fixtures is the clash of the West Bay giants Scholars International and Elite Sports Club.  

The 5 p.m. game at the Ed Bush stadium pitches Elite who are top of the table with 13 points from seven games against Scholars who are unusually struggling, languishing in sixth place with only nine points.  

James “Paddy” Ebanks has already netted five times for Scholars but their indifferent form has meant only two wins so far. Ebanks is injured and hopes to be back soon.  

Scholars are the most decorated team of the past 30 years and technical director Dougie Rowe wants nothing less than total commitment against Elite to turn the tide.  

Scholars skipper Oneil Taylor will inspire his side in typical swashbuckling fashion.  

Elite’s top marksman is Dwayne “Gaza” Wright with five and Mark Ebanks has smacked in three. Ebanks is razor sharp at the moment because he hopes to get another tryout with a U.S. pro team in January.  

It should be an outstanding match with the usual abundance of goals and drama. At the TE McField Annex at the same time, George Town intend to return to contention against the surprise team of the season Cayman Athletic.  

George Town’s lack of consistency this season has let them down. Only three wins and only eight goals scored in their seven games, they must subdue the deadly Athletic duo of David Connolly – who has scored 10 – and Christopher Ebanks, who is on three.  

In the only other games, Roma United go to Cayman Brac hoping to revive their fortunes after an impressive start which saw them top the table at the start of the campaign. Brac got a confidence-boosting win over Scholars a fortnight ago and will carry that momentum against the side that beat them to the First Division title last season.  

Sunset have no game because they were scheduled to face Bodden Town who are playing in a tournament in New Zealand this week.  

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James “Paddy” Ebanks has scored five. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

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Oneil Taylor inspires Scholars International. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD