St Ignatius double is so divine

This past Saturday marked the
culmination of five months of exhilarating youth football as the 2009/2010 CUC
Primary Football League came to a dramatic close with the crowning of four
champions.

 

In the Under-9 Consolation Cup
final, Truth For Youth retained their title they won last year and kept their
unbeaten streak alive with a 3-0 victory over a spirited and youthful Cayman
International School.

 

Two goals on either side of half
time from Kareem Foster and a third by Nicholas Chung were enough to put the
game out of reach.

 

In the U-9 Champions Cup third
place encounter between Red Bay Primary and John A. Cumber Primary, Red Bay
Primary were determined to end their season on a high and take home some silverware.

 

Throughout the playoffs, the boys
in maroon always seemed to score first but were prone to surrendering their
lead in the dying minutes of key games.

 

Determined not to let history
repeat itself, a goal by Kamani Ebanks settled this matchup much to the delight
of the Red Bay army of supporters who hailed their conquering heroes.

 

Coach Anthony Chin was even caught
on camera “swimming” on the turf following the final whistle.

 

In the U-9 Champions Cup final, St.
Ignatius Prep ended their remarkable, undefeated season with a 2-0 victory over
an enthusiastic Prospect Primary on penalties following a stalemate through
regulation and extra time.

 

Luca Polloni sealed the win as he
coolly slotted home the winning penalty past the outstretched arms of makeshift
goalkeeper Gonzalo McLaughlin after Prospect Primary squandered their first two
penalties.

 

The marvellous game befitted the
true spirit of the CUC Primary Football League.

 

The U-11 Consolation Cup final was
the day’s only one-sided encounter as George Town Primary, who seemed unstoppable
on the day, thrashing Truth For Youth 7-1.

 

Truth For Youth’s confidence was
shattered in the very early stages of the match as they lost their starting
goalkeeper to a hand injury.

 

Taking full advantage, George Town
Primary’s Dante Henry secured his hat-trick while D’Andre Rowe and Zachary
Ebanks each netted two-a-piece. Desmond Bartlett got one back for the Sky Blues
but the damage had been done.

 

The third place game in the U-11
Champions Cup between Triple C and Prospect Primary proved yet again why this
league is so exciting.

 

 Prospect Primary raced into a three goal lead
thanks to Gonzalo McLaughlin, Eric Greene and Ajani Harris.

 

It seemed Triple C, who endured a
torrid run of form in the playoffs, could not conjure up an answer but
something finally clicked for the Crusaders and two quick goals from Isaiah
‘Leo’ Ebanks had Prospect Primary reeling.

 

Fortunately for the fading Prospect
players, the final whistle saved their blushes and the third place title was
theirs.

 

The day’s finale – the U-11
Champions Cup final – pitted George Town’s best, St. Ignatius Prep, against the
best from the west, John A. Cumber Primary.

 

Throughout the years, scenes from
this particular matchup have been etched in the memories of supporters who have
followed the beautiful game.

 

The two teams have built-up a distinct
derby-day atmosphere whenever they meet and this encounter would be no
different.

 

Fair, tough tackling, great
dribbling, pinpoint passing, a few fancy plays here and there only added to the
excitement.

 

Both goalkeepers were excellent as
they repeatedly repelled attempts at their goals throughout regulation time and
into extra time.

 

It seemed as this final would
follow that of the U-9 Champions Cup final and be decided on penalties.

 

St. Ignatius’ Brandon ‘Emile
Heskey’ O’Connor had other ideas as the predominantly left-footed defender-turned-forward
ended John A. Cumber’s dreams by slotting home two goals in the second half of
extra time.

 

St. Ignatius had done it. They were
back on the winner’s podium and had defeated their old rivals.

 

Organiser Neil Murray said: “Congratulations
to all the teams. Special thanks also to all the coaches, team volunteers,
parents and supporters who kept their teams’ spirits going in victory and defeat.

 

“Thanks to sponsors Le Bleu,
Progressive Distributors and Watler & Hislop, who all contributed greatly
to the success of the 2009/2010 season.

 

“A special thank you to Gary
Whittaker, Dwayne Ebanks, Livingston Bailey and Eddie Solomon who officiated games
throughout the season and Playoffs, and to Lanicia McLaughlin from Cayman Rehab
Services, for providing medical assistance throughout the playoffs.

 

“Special thanks also to Ronnie
Roach and Harcourt Wason from the Ministry of Education Services, who continually
ensure that Primary School sports in general is the best that it can be.”

 

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