Athletic fought back bravely

Cayman Athletic’s youngsters go into the Christmas break more full of the festive spirit than the rest of their rivals in the Cayman Islands Football Association’s Premier League. 

Athletic remain top of the league with 22 points from 12 games after coming from two down to beat Roma United 4-2 at the TE McField Annex on Sunday. 

Gawayne Speed hit a low drive in the 15th minute and then headed in three minutes later for Roma. Athletic responded well, led by captain Matthew Suberan, with goals from Jamaal Seymour (29th minute), Ernie Jacques (64th), David Connolly (65th) and Jerronie McLean (84th).  

Elite Sports Club remain in second with 20 points from 11 matches after beating Cayman Brac 3-1 away Saturday.  

Brian Martin (6th) scored for Brac before Jason Ebanks (24th), Paul Rodriguez (59th) and Dwayne “Gaza” Wright (63rd) sealed it for Elite.  

Kevin Moore (29th and 43rd) hit both goals for George Town against Sunset, and champs Bodden Town, surprisingly, were beaten by Scholars International at home 4-1. Norman Williams (1st) gave Scholars the perfect start before Ricoh Brown (5th) equalized for Bodden Town.  

A Paul Brown (15th and 47th) brace and Dayron Munoz (90th) sealed it for Scholars who are third on 18 points from 12 games.  

Bodden Town are fourth with 17 points from 11 matches. They beat Roma 1-0 thanks to a hotly disputed Danu Smith penalty last Wednesday, scored in the 88th minute. They wrap up their fixtures for the year against Elite at the Annex at 7 p.m. Wednesday.  

George Town are fifth in the table with 15 points from their 12 games, Roma are next with 14 points, ahead of Sunset who have 13. Brac are bottom with 7 points.  

Athletic’s David Connolly remains the league’s top scorer with 12, Dwayne Wright has 11. Brac’s Denrick Gayle has scored six, as has George Town’s Tex Whitelocke.  

The league resumes Jan. 17-18.  

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Gawayne Speed, left, battles for the ball with Matthew Suberan. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

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