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Football: Roma edge Elite 4-3 in day two ‘Hot Zone’ thriller

An goal by Cesar Dixon in the final minute of added time help Roma United Sports Club edge Elite Sports Club Tuesday (27 November) in day two of the ‘Hot Zone Cup’ held at the T.E McField Sports Complex in George Town.

After a pair of goals from Terrence Thomas (17′, 20′) put Roma up 2-0 early. Later in the first half, Elite’s Shakur Silburn responded (32′) to cut the lead to 2-1. A goal from Jorrel Bellafonte in the 34th minute gave Roma a 3-1 lead going into the second half.

After Elite’s Kimani Finn was taking down in the box, the former Roma forward struck the ensuing penalty in 53rd minute to make it 3-2. Elite continue it’s second half pressure looking for the equalizer when Roma defender Adwen Simpson deflected an Elite cross in for an own goal to tie the game 3-3.

Dixon’s extra time tap-in secured what Roma’s Peter Rose said was a very competitive match.

“It was a great team effort,” said Rose. “We have won two from two, so we are hoping tomorrow we can win again, and be the champions of this cup.”

Assistant Coach Gregory Malcolm said the early season tournament has helped younger Roma players gain vital in-game action. Roma has two wins and two draws in four weeks of action in the CIFA Premier League.

“We didn’t get to play many practice games,” said Malcolm. “The first half was all young players who haven’t played many games so far this season. They came out leading 3-1 at half, it was fantastic. We got to see everybody play, and they got to play in a competitive environment.

Roma defeated visiting Hondurans ‘Teams Guanaja’ 1-0 to open the tournament Monday. They’ll face Academy Sports Sports Wednesday (28 November) in the finale.

Guanaja edged Academy 1-0 in game two of Tuesday’s session. They’ll play Elite SC in Wednesday finale starting at 8:15 pm.

About the author

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). It was in this role where he was able to craft the immersive and enthusiastic approach to reporting, broadcasting and production you see here today in Cayman's sports community.

Jordan has also worked behind the scenes for a number of Canadian broadcasting & production companies such as CBC Sports, Cineflix Productions and Cream Productions.

Did he mention he was St. Clare of Assisi's 1994 Athlete of the Year?

Now dubbed 'The Sports Guy', Jordan relishes the role as Cayman 27 Sports Producer, where he can tell the stories of Cayman’s athletes. You can reach Jordan at 333.6521 or jordanarmenise@hurleysmedia.ky.

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