Future draws with Elite, King powers North Side

Future SC's Michael Johnson heads the ball away from Elite SC defenders.

Future Sports Club let a second half lead slip away as Elite Sports Club came from behind to pull off a draw against the CIFA First Division leaders in the latest round of games of the 2016-17 season on 25 March.

Jessus Ebanks opened the scoring at Ed Bush Sports Complex when he rocketed a shot from an improbable angle to the right of the goal that rendered the Elite keeper a spectator. After nine minutes, it was 1-0 for Future.

Future continued to dominate possession but could not add to the lead until the 19th minute when Colby Seymour crossed the ball to Mark Ebanks, who volleyed it into the back of the net with a quality finish.

Elite pulled one back two minutes before the break thanks to Shakur Silburn. As the second half got going, Future seemed to be cruising despite the one-goal lead and Mark Ebanks continued his torrid scoring streak with his 20th goal of the season in the 51st minute, this time from the penalty spot.

While Future might have been counting the impending three points to stretch their lead atop the standings, Elite coach Greg Ebanks kept urging his players on. They responded and Silburn got his second in the 60th minute. Brennan Ebanks was called upon in the 69th minute with a free kick from more than 30 yards out and delivered with the equalizer, much to the delight of the bench.

Elite substitute Cody Ebanks was inches away from sealing a comeback win when he pounced on a rebound but hit the crossbar seconds before the final whistle blew.

Future would look back and rue how they squandered what should have been a certain three points as they march toward automatic promotion to the Cayman Premier League, while Coach Greg Ebanks should be pleased that his young squad showed the heart to not give up, despite being down two goals with half an hour to play.

Guiton King (file photo) scored a hat-trick for North Side.

In other First Division action, a 74th minute strike by Guiton King thwarted an Alliance FC comeback and sealed a 3-2 win for North Side SC at the Annex. It was a hat-trick for King, who scored two first half goals. Javier Medina and Javon Taylor scored within two minutes of each other in the second half to bring Alliance level before King denied them any joy.

Academy SC were also winners with a 3-2 triumph over East End United.


Unofficial standings after 15 weeks:

Future SC 9 1 3 30
George Town SC 8 2 2 26
Cayman Brac FC 7 3 2 23
Alliance FC 6 4 2 20
North Side SC 6 6 1 19
Elite SC 4 4 3 15
East End United 2 9 2 8
Savannah Tigers 2 9 1 7
Academy SC 2 10 0 6


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