Reeves to the rescue!

Christopher Reeves delivered the match-winner for Elite.

A 74th minute goal by Christopher Reeves was the difference as Elite SC edged West Bay rivals, Scholars International in the Cayman Premier League Sunday night (30 October).

In the week leading up to the week five clash between the top two finishers last season, the anticipation was there of a keenly contested match, and the players did not disappoint.

Early on, Elite looked more organised but Scholars matched the intensity. The excitement was high at the Ed Bush Sports Complex with Reeves making a run down the right side from deep in Elite’s territory only to be disarmed by the Scholars’ defense.

Brown (orange) was under attack all night.

Brown (orange) was under attack all night.

James Ebanks found the back of the net in the 28th but any joy for the Scholars’ forward quickly dissipated, as the linesman had flagged him for being offside. On the next possession, Jermaine Brown made a spectacular save between the pipes for Scholars.

Reeves continued to show intent to put his name on the score-sheet but missed another chance when Miguel Simms fed him the ball for a close-range shot, which he missed. The national under-20 player heard it from the crowd, both for the squandered opportunity, while also applauding his effort.

Elite’s Andres Ruiz hit the crossbar in the 41st and that was the closest anyone came to scoring in the first half.

Both teams displayed positive energy in the second, with tackles becoming more aggressive as the rivals sought the advantage. It seemed neither side wanted to split the points.

With a free kick deep in Scholars’ territory in the 74th minute, Elite called on Raul Rodriguez to make something happen. He curled the ball into the box, where Reeves went up and headed the ball to the far post, giving Brown no chance for a save. Wild celebrations ensued with Reeves ripping off his jersey (which drew an automatic yellow card) before sprinting to the edge of the stands to celebrate with teammates and supporters, who were whipped into a frenzy.

A shirtless Reeves celebrates with teammates and supporters.

A shirtless Reeves celebrates with teammates and supporters.

That proved to be enough because despite good efforts from both sides for more scores, it ended 1-0, giving Elite SC their fourth straight win to remain atop the league table and avenged their loss to the two-time defending champions in the Charity Shield.

Up next for Elite SC is Latinos FC on Sunday, 6 November at 4:45 p.m. at the Annex. Scholars, who had their two-match winning streak snapped, will face Sunset FC at 7:00 p.m. at Ed Bush Sports Complex.

Meantime, Latinos FC and Bodden Town FC also picked up wins at the Annex. Latinos won its second straight, while handing Roma United a third loss in a row. Brian Scott scored in the 39th and 56th minutes. Ricoh Bodden scored the lone goal to give Bodden Town the edge over Academy to keep them level with Elite on 12 points to lead the league.

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