Primary action gets to semis

Primary school football is in full swing and in the third round of the 2010-11 CUC Primary Football League Playoffs there were 15 thrilling games at the TE McField Annex on Saturday.

In the Under-9 Champions Cup Cayman Prep, Sir John A. Cumber and St. Ignatius Prep qualified for the semi-finals on 29 January. Defending champions St. Ignatius Prep bounced-back from last week’s disappointing loss to Triple C by squeezing past South Sound Schools 1-0.

Sir John A. Cumber suffered their first loss in the playoffs, going down 2-1 to undefeated Cayman Prep, while George Town Primary, NorthEast Schools, Bodden Town Primary and Triple C shared the spoils with a point each in two draws.

In the Under-9 Consolation Cup, Red Bay Primary, Prospect Primary and Grace Academy secured their spots in the semis following the conclusion of Saturday’s play.

Red Bay Primary secured the No.1 seed after defeating Cayman International School 3-0 while Prospect Primary beat Savannah Primary 2-0 and Grace Academy pounded Truth For Youth 5-0.

In the Under-11 Champions Cup, only defending champions St. Ignatius Prep secured their place in the semis following a 4-0 defeat of Red Bay Primary. Bodden Town Primary defeated NorthEast Schools 2-0, Prospect Primary destroyed George Town Primary 5-0 while Sir John A. Cumber Primary and Cayman Prep drew 1-1.

In the Under-11 Consolation Cup, Truth For Youth, Cayman International School and South Sound Schools guaranteed that they will be playing in the semi-finals next week following Saturday’s games.

Truth For Youth secured their passage to the semis after 1-1 draw with South Sound Schools, while Cayman International School defeated Wesleyan Academy 3-0 and Triple C came from behind to beat Savannah Primary 3-2.

The fourth day of the 2010-11 PFL playoffs are on Saturday at the TE McField Annex Field with games from 9am to 3:45pm. Schools on the brink of qualifying for the semis have this final day to prove their worth and continue their season.

CUC’s Neil Murray said: “Special thanks to Gary Whittaker and Emmanuel Brown for officiating in all the games this past Saturday and to all the parents and supporters who cheered on their young heroes.

“Thanks also to Hydes and Sons for donating two aluminium goals to the PFL, which were used for the first time on Saturday and to contributing sponsors Le Bleu and Progressive Distributors, the CUC Primary Football League’s exclusive providers of water and Gatorade respectively. Thanks to everyone for supporting the powerful game.”