Dramatic finishes set up President’s Cup semis

Sullivan Zelaya scored the winner for Academy and assisted on the goal that iced the game.

A pair of extra time game and a come from behind win were the highlights of last weekend’s action in the 2018 CIFA Men’s President’s Cup as four teams booked their spots in the semi-finals of the competition.

Latinos FC 1-3 Academy SC (ET)

At the Annex on 6 May, an 87th minute goal by Marvel Moore Hyde for Latinos FC pushed their quarterfinal against Academy Sports Club into extra time. Earlier Jonah Ebanks put Academy ahead in the 40th minute. Academy were forced to play a man short after Jabari Campbell picked up a second yellow card for an errant tackle.  Sullivan Zelaya put Academy back out front four minutes into the first 15-minute extra time period and the game was iced when Selaya set up Mark Ebanks for the finish in the 102nd minute to make it 3-1. Latinos were also lost a player when Joel Solis was sent off in extra time.


Roma United 1-3 Future Sports Club (ET)

After being made to wait for the early game to finish extra time, the teams in the second were also determined to put on a show – and took theirs to an added 30 minutes to determine who would make the semi-finals.

Denver Barnes put Future out front in the 7th minute before Zavian Williams equalised for Roma 11 minutes before half time. Level it would stay for the balance of regulation before Barnes would get his second in extra time and Ricardo Damaso would add another for good measure to give Future the 3-1 win.


Elite Sports Club 5-3 Sunset Football Club

Elite Sports Club overcame a 3-1 halftime deficit with a late flourish to deny Sunset FC a semi-final berth. It was Elite who struck first when Dwayne Wright found the back of the net in the 7th but Sunset didn’t let them enjoy the lead for long. Peter Boda levelled the game in the 13th minute, and Tommy Touhy gave Sunset the lead in the 30th. Jessus Ebanks added his name to the scoring column in the 36th for what appeared to be a comfortable position entering the interval. Elite had enough firepower in their arsenal on the day, as second half goals from Raul Rodriguez (69’), Wesley Robinson (71’), Wright (82), and Christopher Reeves (89’) saw them complete the comeback at Ed Bush Sports Complex.


Scholars International 1-0 Bodden Town FC

After going scoreless for nearly an hour, the talismanic Rolly Bodden edged Scholars into the lead in the 59th. That would be all that was needed to see the CIFA Premier League champions continue their pursuit for another piece of hardware.


On to the semi-finals

The first semi-final sees league champions Scholars International and FA Cup holders Academy SC going head-to-head, while a West Bay derby looms with Elite SC and Future SC facing each other.

The semi-finals will be played over two legs starting Sunday, 13 May at the Annex. Future and Elite play at 4:45 p.m., followed by Scholars and Academy at 7:00 p.m.

The second legs are scheduled for a week later on 20 May with the finals on 27 May.

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