Bodden defied lively Prep

The CUC Primary Football League playoffs got underway at the TE McField Annex on Saturday with the first of four rounds featuring the top eight schools from the Under-9 and Under-11 divisions vying for the Champions Cups.

In the U-9 Champions Cup, St. Ignatius Prep defeated Prospect Primary 4-0 thanks to strikes from Chad Owens, Daniel Rivers and Matthew Lloyd-Hickey. Prospect’s Brevon Watson turned the ball into his own net from a corner to complete the scoring.

In other U-9 games, Sir John A. Cumber Primary opened their playoff schedule with a 3-0 victory over South Sound Schools with the smallest player on the field Shanjae Bodden netting a brace in and Rashaad Powery adding the third.

Savannah Primary continued their undefeated run with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over North East Schools and Cayman Prep secured a 1-0 win over Cayman International School.

In the U-11 Champions Cup, St. Ignatius Prep defeated North East Schools 3-1 with Brad Lansdell scoring twice and Matthew Lloyd-Hickey clinching the win. North East Schools’ Jacquan Miller had opened the scoring.

In other games it was Savannah drew 1-1 with Prospect and George Town also drew, 2-2 with South Sound Schools.

In the day’s feature game, defending Champions Cup winners and Opening Rally champions Cayman Prep faced Sir John A. Cumber Primary.

Supporters for both schools were well represented and although it ended 0-0, there was certainly no shortage of action at both ends.

Cayman Prep went on the attack from the kick-off but found Sir John A. Cumber’s defense up for the challenge, especially goalkeeper Omar Bodden who had an exceptional game.

Cayman Prep constantly switched their attackers in search of goals with standouts Victor Thompson Jr., Harrison Hew, Aaron Jarvis and Igor Magalhaes sharing the touches up front.

Cumber’s primary attackers Jahrian Bodden, Daniel Wallace and Malachi Myles were themselves trying to find a chink in the Cayman Prep defense but found Joshua Small on form in the Prep goal.

CUC organizer Neil Murray said: “Special thanks to Dwayne Ebanks and Shakur Welcome for assisting with officiating duties.”

The second round of the 2013/14 CUC Premier Football League playoffs continues this Saturday, Dec. 7 at the TE McField Annex Field with 12 games in the Consolation and Champions Cup in both age groups.