Scholars are champs again!

Scholars International reclaimed their spot atop the Cayman Islands men’s football landscape on 8 April, after claiming their second CIFA Premier League title in three years and the 20th in the club’s illustrious history.

Going into the final game against West Bay rivals, Elite Sports Club, all Scholars needed was a draw to ensure the hardware would be theirs. But with Elite making a late season surge, it was by no mean a fait accompli. Adding to the drama was Roma United pulling level on 31 points due to a forfeit by last season’s title holder’s, Bodden Town FC, in a match scheduled at the same time as the Scholars-Elite clash.

Scholars were given early reason to celebrate when O’Neil Taylor scored in the 17th minute and held on to a 1-0 lead into the second half. Elite tried to play the role of spoilers and levelled the score in the 65th minute thanks to Dwayne Wright. However, nothing else would make it onto the scorecard. With the draw, Scholars clinched the title on the final day with a one-point edge over Roma United. Elite did enough to secure a third-place finish in the standings.

In other games this weekend, Cayman Athletic beat North Side SC 5-3 on 7 April. Rico Bodden, Brian Martin, Malique Ebanks, Christopher Ebanks scored for Athletic, with goalkeeper Albertini Holness joining in with a penalty kick in the 71st minute. Ronald Davis scored twice for North Side and Ferron Hanson added another in the loss.

Sunset FC defeated Academy SC 4-1 behind a second-half brace from Tom Chipchase and earlier strikes from Evans Chacon and Darien Montague. Jabari Campbell scored for Academy.

With the Premier League and the First Division consolidated for this season, each team faced all others once. It is not clear what format next season will take but CIFA President Alfredo Whittaker, who took over with the league already underway, has previously indicated to that changes will be made.

Next up is the FA Cup finals between Elite Sports Club and Academy Sports Club on 15 April, followed by the President’s Cup competition. Cayman Brac FC, which made a semi-final run in the FA Cup, has withdrawn from the President’s Cup.

Full standings table to follow.

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