Schools football is in its cup stages and there were the usual thrills and compelling action in the quarter-final games.
What a marvelous day’s play it was at the Academy Field in Outpost Street on Saturday.
Two of the best players throughout the 13 games were definitely Luca Pollini and Coilin Flynn. Both scored twice for their respective schools in victories of contrasting fortunes. Pollini got two of the first three for St Ignatius Prep in the Under-11 Champions Cup against Grace Wesleyan. Catholic had a 3-1 half-time lead, helped by a steep slope, but Grace came back strongly in the second half and St Ignatius scraped through 4-3. Pollini is the son of tennis playing Paolo who obviously named his fabulous restaurant after his offspring. With his football skills, you could say Luca is a pasta master. On this form, he could soon be playing for AC Milan!
Flynn’s Cayman Prep had no such problems, cruising through 5-0 against Savannah Primary, also in the U-11 Champions Cup.
Neil Murray is the co-ordinator of the whole schools programme. He said: ‘The Catholic-Grace game was one of the best of the day. Ignatius were 3-0 up and Grace pulled one back just before half time. Then Ignatius went 4-1 up but Grace fought back and scored their third with something like a minute left and they were pushing forward and pressuring. It was one of those games that if it had gone on for another couple of minutes, St Ignatius would have probably drawn or lost. It was one of those games that time ran out.
‘Another one that went to the wire was Prospect-Savannah in the Under-9 Champions Cup and also the match between Cayman International and Red Bay. Both were won on penalties. It’s always heart breaking when you lose on penalties.
‘Coilin seemed to run everything in his game. He was pretty much a standout. I must give some credit to Gary Whittaker and all the other referees who did a great job as referees. Gary pretty much reffed all day. Doing one game is thankless but doing five or six is torture!’
It goes to the semi-finals this weekend.