The atmosphere was electric at the Annex as the top teams in the CUC Primary Football League battled it out for league honours last Saturday.
After many long weeks of struggle, the top teams in each age group had emerged with consistent performances being vital for a place in the finals.
In the early action, George Town Primary took on Cayman International School in the under 9 Consolation Cup Final. CIS took the early lead, but George Town remained resolute and steadily closed the gap on its opponent. At the end of regulation time, the scores were locked at 2-2 as the game went into overtime. George Town seemed to have broken CIS’s earlier momentum, and managed to score in overtime to take the game 3-2.
In the playoff for third place in the under 9 Champions Cup, John A. Cumber Primary faced a determined St. Ignatius Prep. In spite of some excellent play by St. Ignatius, John A. Cumber was the better team on the day, thoroughly outscoring St. Ignatius to claim a 3-1 victory.
The under 9 Champions Cup final was contested between Truth for Youth and Bodden Town in what was expected to be a very tough encounter. After the playoff stages the two teams had occupied third and fourth on the log respectively, but both managed to pull off upset wins in their respective semi finals. In spite of some golden opportunities, Bodden Town failed to get on the scoreboard. Truth for Youth on the other hand managed to make the most of its opportunities as the team pulled a 2-0 win out of the hat to claim the under 9 championship.
In the under 11 Consolation Cup final, Bodden Town Primary and Truth for Youth met up again, however this time around Bodden Town managed to turn the tables on Truth for Youth, as the spoils went to Bodden Town with a 2-0 win.
The third place playoff for the under 11 Champions Cup saw St. Ignatius Prep taking on Cayman Prep. The St. Ignatius side showed good aggression on the pitch and their game plan paid off as the team claimed a 3-1 win.
The biggest game of the day was a rematch of the under 9 Consolation Cup final as Cayman International School and George Town Primary clashed in the under 11 Champions Cup final. CIS had a somewhat shaky start to the game as the team seemed out of sorts on both defence and attack. George Town exploited this, creating a number of scoring opportunities, but failing to capitalise. However, CIS’s fortunes changed quickly on the back to two rapid-fire goals which put the team comfortably in the lead. Buoyed by the sudden success, it seemed that the team would be hard to beat. George Town was not to be so easily defeated, as the team chipped away at their opponent’s defence, eventually pulling back one goal. With the tide of the game turning, George Town followed up with another goal to pull level with CIS. After some regrouping CIS found its feet again and proceeded to score two more goals and take a well deserved 4-2 victory to claim the under 11 Champions Cup.