Hot contest for second, race to escape relegation still on

The race for second place in the Cayman Premier League and an automatic berth in the Caribbean Club Championships is going down to the wire, while the entire bottom half of the table features teams fighting relegation from the top-flight of local football.

Elite Sports Club and Scholars International both scored big wins in the battle for second, overtaking Academy Sports Club in the table. Elite and Scholars both have more games in hand than Academy, which has one game to play before bringing the curtains down on the season.

Roma United 0, Elite SC 3

Raheem Robinson scored twice for the 2015-16 runners up after Christopher Reeves got the ball rolling in the 14th minute. Robinson added his first two minute later before finding the back of the net again in the 70th minute. The win moved Elite into second place with 32 points, while keeping Roma United in a race to escape the drop zone.

Cayman Athletic 1, Scholars International 3

Rolly Bodden took care of business on the stroke of half-an-hour’s play to give the 2015-16 champions the lead over Cayman Athletic in another game that pitted a team looking to secure the number two spot versus a team fighting relegation. Rodrick Pearson doubled the lead for Scholars in the 45th minute. Albertini Holness got Athletic on the sheet in the 82nd to make it a one-goal game but Bodden quickly got his brace in the next minute. Scholars kept pace with Elite, although having one more game in hand, while making up ground on Academy, which had a scoreless draw with Latinos FC.

Academy SC 0, Latinos FC 0

Sunset FC 4, Bodden Town FC 1

With the league title safely in hand, Bodden Town is using its remaining games to tune up for the FA Cup – not taking anything away from Sunset who were led by a brace from Gavin Reynolds (64’, 71’) and goals from Thomas Chipchase (43’) and Paul Young (57’). Ricoh Brown scored for Bodden Town in the 72nd.  The win pulls Sunset off the bottom of the table and away from the automatic relegation spot.


Sunset now needs a draw in one of its final two games to avoid automatic relegation but still faces the prospect of the relegation playoff between the second placed team in the CIFA First Division and the seventh-place team in the Cayman Premier League.

On the other hand, to avoid the automatic drop, Cayman Athletic must win its final game to stand a chance and still be at the mercy of Sunset.

Sixth place Roma United has safely escaped the automatic relegation spot and needs to have better results than Sunset in its final two outings to avoid the playoff. Latinos FC, which sits in fifth, will need to hold off Roma when they meet on Sunday to stay out of the discussion.


Unofficial Cayman Premier League table as of 16 May 2017

1 Bodden Town FC 20 14 2 4 30 20 10 44
2 Elite Sports Club 19 9 5 5 36 22 14 32
3 Academy Sports Club 20 9 4 7 27 26 1 31
4 Scholars International 18 8 5 5 27 13 14 29
5 Latinos FC 19 5 7 7 26 26 0 22
6 Roma United SC 19 6 2 11 25 29 -4 20
7 Sunset FC 19 6 1 12 23 42 -19 19
8 Cayman Athletic SC 20 4 4 12 21 37 -16 16



Upcoming Cayman Premier League fixtures:

Wednesday, 17 May – 7:30 p.m. Latinos FC vs Scholars International at Haig Bodden Playing Field, Bodden Town.

Wednesday, 17 May – 7:30 p.m. Sunset FC vs Elite SC at Ed Bush Sports Complex, West Bay.

Sunday, 21 May – 4:45 p.m. Academy SC vs Bodden Town FC at the Annex, George Town.

Sunday, 21 May – 4:45 p.m. Roma United vs Latinos FC at Ed Bush Sports Complex, West Bay.

Sunday, 21 May – 7:00 p.m. Elite SC vs Scholars International at Ed Bush Sports Complex, West Bay.

Sunday, 21 May – 7:00 p.m. Cayman Athletic vs Sunset FC, at the Annex, George Town

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