Prep hope to be double champs

Cayman Prep’s dominance in the Under-9 and Under-11 Champions Cups continued on Saturday as both teams qualified for the 2012/13 CUC Primary Football League finals following convincing semifinal victories over St. Ignatius Prep. 

Savannah Primary also secured two final spots as they will represent their school in the U-9 Champions Cup final and the U-11 Consolation Cup final. 

Day five of the playoffs marked the semifinal stage as four schools battled for the final two spots in each division. The finals and third-placed games are on Saturday, 9 February, at the TE McField Annex. 

In the U-9 Consolation Cup, Prospect Primary defeated George Town Primary, 2-0, thanks to goals from Josiah Johnson in the 21st minute and Thomas Palmer in the 41st. Prospect Primary will face Bodden Town Primary in the final after Bodden Town defeated Truth For Youth, 3-2, in overtime on Friday evening. The Under-9 Consolation Cup Final is at 9am. 

In the Under-9 Champions Cup, fourth-seeded Savannah Primary surprised the previously undefeated No. 1 seed South Sound Schools, 1-0, with Jawan Wray blasting in the winner during the second half. 

In the second U-9 Champions Cup semifinal, an undefeated Cayman Prep outfit ran out 2-0 winners over St. Ignatius Prep after goals from Joshua Small in the 20th minute and Gabriel Todd in the 29th minute.  

Savannah Primary will face Cayman Prep for the U-9 championship at 10am, while South Sound Schools will play St. Ignatius Prep in the third placed game at 9am. 

In the U-11 Consolation Cup, Cayman International Schools secured their place in the final after defeating Prospect Primary, 3-0, thanks to goals from Francisco Magno, Thomas Milne and Curtis Eldemire. The second semifinal was played on Monday, 4 February, with Savannah Primary defeating Truth For Youth, 2-0, as Caleb McFarlane scored twice. Cayman International School will face Savannah Primary in the final at 11.30am. 

In the Under-11 Champions Cup, Cayman Prep defeated St. Ignatius Prep, 4-0, with goals from Aaron Jarvis (2), Tommy Kehoe and Jude Reynolds to secure their place in the final. 

In the second semifinal, Red Bay Primary and Sir John A. Cumber Primary were in a thriller as Red Bay Primary outlasted their rivals 2-1 in overtime and ended the opening rally champions shot at the double. 

In the sixth minute, Red Bay’s Akili Talbert scored his second goal in two games against the West Bay outfit as he scored in last week’s draw with Sir John A. Cumber, which qualified them for the semifinals. As the game wore on, it looked as though the boys in maroon would outlast their rival’s onslaught, but Sir John A. Cumber’s Jeremy Manderson had other ideas. In the 58th minute, following an uncharacteristic fumble from Red Bay’s goalkeeper Revaughn Johnson, young Manderson pounced on the loose ball and rolled his shot into the net. 

In overtime, and unfortunately for Sir John A. Cumber, it only took one minute for Red Bay to grab their winner.  

From what seemed to be an innocent Red Bay cross, Sir John A. Cumber’s Cameron Solomon redirected the ball into his own net trying to clear it away from danger.  

Red Bay had retained the lead and were not about to give it up. For the remainder of overtime, Red Bay repelled everything Sir John A. Cumber threw at them and secured the 2-1 victory and a place in the final. 

In the U-11 Champions Cup final, Cayman Prep will face Red Bay Primary for the championship at 12.30pm and St. Ignatius Prep will play Sir John A. Cumber Primary for third place at 11.30am. 

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