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Scholars start on right foot

George Town SC starting line-up to take on Future

The 2011/2012 Cayman Premier League got off to a good start for Scholars International Sports Club as they dominated Cayman Athletic Sports Club at the G. Haig Bodden field in Bodden Town.

Speaking to Colin Rowe, Scholars International’s head coach, before the game, he said, “Scholars International has a few new imports this season, in the form of Thomas Elliot, Carson Fagan, Damalay Howelle, Wayne Smith, Dave McLaughlin, Alexis Reve, and Davion Wright, and the team is not currently at one hundred per cent.; however, the training has been going well, and the team chemistry is looking good.  The team is still getting to know each other, and the new players are adapting well.  The aim this season is to win trophies”.

Ernie Seymour, team director and head coach of Cayman Athletic Sports Club, stated that his team is currently going through a transition, as some of the players that played with the team last season have moved on to play with other teams.  Cayman Athletic has a very young team with a few experienced players and is looking to do well this season and to stay in the Cayman Premier League.

Carson Fagan of Scholars attacks Cayman Athletics goal

Cayman Athletic got off the mark first, with a brilliant strike from Kyle Santamaria in the seventeenth minute. The celebration was short lived, however.  Within a minute after the first goal, last season’s player of the year, Carson Fagan, popped up in the Cayman Athletic’s eighteen yard box to hit home his first goal of the match.

The beginning of the first half was end to end action, with Cayman Athletic relying heavily on the long ball to number twenty-one, Kyle Santamaria, and Scholars International, looking the more composed team, relying on Carson Fagan to threaten the defence of Cayman Athletic. For the latter part of the first half, however, it was all one way traffic to Cayman Athletic’s goal, which in the thirty-third minute paid off when Ericksen Brown headed home a cross from Lenox Brown.

Scholars International was not finished, and Lenox Brown once again appeared on the right side and crossed a ball to Ericksen Brown who brought the ball down for Carson Fagan. Carson, although being under great pressure from the Cayman Athletic’s defenders, remained calm and composed and slotted the ball into the back of the net for his second of the game.

Cayman Athletic started the second half with more aggression, and their efforts paid off in the fifty-fourth minute with a goal from Nigel Solomon following a cross from Carlos Welcome. As the second half progressed, it was evident that Scholars International was the fitter team and soon dominated the majority of the possession. The game ended 5:2 in favour of Scholars International.

Justin Pierre is held up by Future’s Dion Brandon

In other action from around the Cayman Premier League that took place on Sunday, Tigers FC came back from a two goal deficit to tie 3:3 with Bodden Town FC who ended the game with nine men. George Town SC got off to a sluggish start but came from behind twice to overcome Future SC 3:2. Fabian Malcolm producing the winning goal in the 85th minute. Malcolm’s stunning strike nested in the top corner leaving Future’s goalkeeper no chance; a goal worthy of winning any game. Roma United took all 3 points from Elite SC; Roma’s last minute strike upset the defending Premier League Champions.

Premier League action returns this Sunday as Scholars International hosts George Town at the G. Haig Bodden field in Bodden Town at 5pm, followed by Cayman Athletic vs. Bodden Town at 7pm. In George Town, at the T.E. McField Sports Complex (Annex), Roma United will take on Future at 5pm followed by Elite and Tigers at 7pm.


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