St Ignatius footballers triumph in opening rally

| 26/09/2017
CNS Local Life

Opening rally champions St Ignatius

(PFL): The youngsters from St Ignatius Catholic School opened the 2017 CUC Primary Football League (PFL) season with a bang this past Saturday at the Annex Field as they took home the PFL Opening Rally title, defeating Red Bay Primary 2-1 in the final. Under cloudy skies and through intermittent rain showers, St Ignatius and Red Bay Primary battled for the coveted trophy in what was a very exciting finale and conclusion to a great day of youth football. Ironically, the final was a re-match of an earlier group game as both had advanced into the quarterfinals from Zone C.

In the final, Red Bay opened the scoring in the first half through a Myron Cruz blast from half line, which was surely the goal of the day. St Ignatius battled back and Josh Conen settled his teammates’ nerves as he brought the scores level going into the final quarter of a pulsating final.

With both schools creating goal-scoring opportunities at both ends, the cruelty of football reared its ‘ugly head’, at least for Red Bay Primary. A golden chance for the go-ahead goal was thwarted by an excellent point-blank save from St Ignatius’ standout goalkeeper Liam Keough off the boot of Red Bay’s forward Jayden Wright, only for Red Bay to concede within a few seconds of that opportunity when Breannach Lynch latched on to a cross from a teammate to clinch the game and win the title for St Ignatius.

The road to the final wasn’t easy for either school. St Ignatius defeated Red Bay 2-0 and lost to Sir John A. Cumber Primary 1-2 on penalties on their way to capturing Zone C on goal difference. Likewise, Red Bay Primary defeated Sir John A. Cumber 2-1 on penalties to advance to the quarterfinals on goal difference as the best third place team.

In the quarterfinals, St Ignatius defeated Cayman Brac 3-0 and overcame four-time defending champions Cayman Prep 3-2 in the semifinals in a penalty shootout to secure their place in the final.

Red Bay slipped past Savannah Primary 3-2 in a sudden death penalty shootout in the quarterfinals and repeated their earlier win over Sir John A. Cumber Primary with a 3-2 penalty shootout in the semifinals.

In the third place game, Cayman Prep defeated Sir John A. Cumber 2-1 in a penalty shootout.

The Ronnie Roach Most Valuable Player award for the final went to Red Bay’s Myron Cruz who scored a stunner in the match and was a leader and an inspiration for his school, albeit in a losing effort.

On hand to present all the trophies was Cayman’s own Sebastian Martinez, who recently signed a professional football contract with Leixões SC from Portugal.

Special thanks to youth officials Albertini Holness, Jonathan Holness, Kandre Amerally, David Connolly, Alexia Bromfield and newcomer Alex Dailey who did a superb job controlling the games throughout the day, and to Chastine Rankine and Shirley Amerally for overseeing the youth officials and recording the days results.

The 2017 PFL and Girls PFL regular seasons begin this Saturday, 30 September at schools and fields across the Island.

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