Scholars back on track

After a lacklustre display versus Academy SC last week, defending Cayman Premier League champions, Scholars International stepped up their game with a deserved 2-1 win against Roma United.

Goals from Dwight Dunk and Rolly Bodden put the men in yellow back on track at the Annex on 27 November.

They say football is a squad game these days and substitute’s change games. Sadly for Roma, their thin squad meant limitations as the clock ticked.

Down 2-1 with 15 minutes to go was the perfect time to inject new blood in to the game. Fresh legs were needed to claw their way back into this fixture. But the green team’s bench was as empty as a department stores’ shelves after a busy black Friday, so they had to make do with what they had on the pitch.

Scholars clearly made note of a poor start last week against Academy, which ultimately resulted in a loss. Not so this week.

From the start, they peppered the Roma box with cross after cross looking for their break through. Carson Fagan seemed at the centre of everything and was the centre of the ref’s attention when he was booked for a deliberate handball.

The opening goal came just before halftime, when Dunk latched on to a neat through ball and fired across the face to make it 1-0.

On the rare occasions, Roma did manage to penetrate the Scholars defence in the first 45, their finishing was woeful.

But they were lucky to end the half with eleven on the pitch after a reckless challenge by Gawayne Speed on the half way line left Jamar Dickens down for a while.

Roma stepped up their game after the break and a route one clearance was flicked into the path of Dexter Sharp, who volleyed home in the 74th.

But they were level for just a few minutes. At the other end, a cross to the far post in the 77th was headed home by Bodden to claim a victory and all three points for Scholars, as they got their revenge for the season-opening loss at the hands of Roma.

On the other hand, Roma continues to struggle with only one point from their last six outings, which came from a scoreless draw against Bodden Town on 6 November.


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