Teams set for primary football finals

| 28/01/2016
Cayman News Service

Action from George Town Primary’s (blue) win over South Sound Schools in the Under 9 Consolation Cup semifinal

(PFL): This past Saturday saw the always entertaining 2015/2016 CUC Primary Football League (PFL) and Girls’ Primary Football League (GPFL) semifinals, which were played at the historic Annex Field in front of a packed house. Players and coaches left everything on the field as they battled for a place in the coveted finals, which are scheduled for Saturday, 30 January, at the Annex.

In the only PFL Under 9 Consolation Cup semifinal, George Town Primary defeated South Sound Schools 3-0 to secure their place in the final and a much-anticipated rematch against Triple C.

George Town Primary will face Triple C at 9am for the Under 9 Consolation Cup.

In the PFL Under 9 Champions Cup, defending champions Cayman Prep’s amazing season continued with a 1-0 semifinal upset of top seed Cayman International School, thanks to a penalty from Jakub Neverill. Only a week ago, Cayman Prep were extremely close to being eliminated from playing in the semifinals and only made the top four in the playoff standings by a single goal.

In the second semifinal, St Ignatius Prep defeated second seed Savannah Primary 2-1 with goals from Devonte McInernay and an unfortunate Savannah Primary own goal. Joshua Elliott scored the lone goal for Savannah Primary.

Cayman Prep will face St Ignatius Prep for the Under 9 League Championship at 10am and Cayman International School will play Savannah Primary for third place at 9am.

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Savannah Primary’s Tyrell Brathwaite pushes forward during the Under 9 Champions Cup semifinal against St Ignatius Prep

In the PFL Under 11 Consolation Cup, Triple C outlasted St Ignatius Prep in an “extended” penalty shootout after the schools could not break a deadlock in regulation time and extra time.

St Ignatius’ Devonte McInernay struck first to put his school in front before Nicholas Campbell equalised for Triple C. The game went into extra time locked at 1-1 before Liam Chisholm notched goal number two for St Ignatius. Not to be outdone, Triple C’s Canaan Bodden equalised to tie the game at 2-2.

After each school missed one of the three regular penalties, it took a further seven rounds of sudden death penalties to find a winner. Both goalkeepers were excellent between the posts but on the seventh penalty, St Ignatius Prep missed and Triple C scored, pushing the Crusaders into the final by a score of 6-5.

In the second semifinal, NorthEast Schools came from behind to beat George Town Primary 2-1, with Jonathan Ebanks hitting the net twice to cancel out Nathaniel Garrett’s opener for George Town Primary.

Triple C will face NorthEast Schools in the final of the Under 11 Consolation Cup at 2:30pm.

In the always-entertaining PFL Under 11 Champions Cup, defending champions Red Bay Primary will play Cayman Prep for the title for the second year running.

As expected, both semifinals were very well contested and went down to the wire as Red Bay Primary and Cayman Prep needed sudden death penalties to condemn Savannah Primary and Truth For Youth to the third place game.

Red Bay’s boys found themselves behind very early after Nicholas Chowtee found the back of the net for Truth For Youth to open up a 1-0 lead. Red Bay’s top marksman, Alejandro Holness, levelled the score from the penalty spot in the second half and that would remain at 1-1 for the remainder of the game and through extra time.

During the penalty shootout, each school missed one of the three regular penalties to send the game into sudden death penalties. On the first sudden death penalty, Truth For Youth failed to convert while Red Bay Primary scored to secure their spot in the final with a 4-3 victory.

In the second semi final, Cayman Prep also needed sudden death penalties to beat Savannah Primary 4-3 to earn their spot in the final.

Savannah Primary’s Joshua Gardner opened the scoring with a wonderful strike. Savannah Primary held on to their slim lead and weathered the storm for most of the second half with goalkeeper Charles Gilman playing the game of his life before Frederick Robson equalised late in the game for Cayman Prep.

A winner could not be decided in extra time and so it was on to penalties. Much like the first semifinal, both schools missed a penalty during the three regular penalties. In the sudden death penalties, Savannah Primary missed their first and Cayman Prep scored to secure their spot in the final with a 4-3 win.

Red Bay Primary will play Cayman Prep at 4pm for the Under 11 League Championship with Savannah Primary facing Truth For Youth for third place at 2:30pm.

In the GPFL Consolation Cup final, George Town Primary will play Sir John A. Cumber Primary B at 11:30am. Both schools secured their places in the final following Playoff Day 4, two weeks ago.

In the GPFL Champions Cup, defending league champions Sir John A. Cumber Primary squeaked past Triple C 1-0, thanks to a very late Stoyanna Stewart strike, and Cayman International School beat Cayman Prep 6-0 with goals from Kayla Bradley (3), Felicity Hughes, Alexia Bromfield and Kasey Golding.

Sir John A. Cumber Primary will face Cayman International School for the GPFL League Championship at 12:45pm while Triple C will play Cayman Prep for third place at 11:30am.

Special thanks to young officials Matthew Bodden, Francisco Murillo, Jared Wright, Matthew Rich and Nicholas Chung, and to Dwayne Ebanks for officiating the games.

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