The always entertaining CUC Primary Football league concluded on Saturday with Cayman Prep and Red Bay Primary emerging as the season’s clear winners with two titles apiece.
Cayman Prep won their first title in the Under-9 Champions Cup final, defeating previously unbeaten Savannah Primary 1-0 thanks to a 38th minute strike from midfielder Tom Byrne.
Savannah Primary’s impressive run to the final included a 1-0 victory over Cayman Prep in the third round of the PFL playoffs but this would not be the U-9 defending champions’ day.
Savannah had not conceded a goal during the regular season or the playoffs and scored 15 times during the four playoff days.
Cayman Prep’s victory was revenge for last year’s 3-2 loss to Savannah in the U-9 Champions Cup final. Last year, Cayman Prep reached the final undefeated, only to falter at the last hurdle.
The Gerome Graham Award for Most Valuable Player in the U-9 Champions Cup final went to Cayman Prep’s defender Jacob McMillan-Cullen, who had an outstanding game.
In the U-9 Champions Cup third place match, St. Ignatius Prep’s Jace Jervis and goalkeeper Jayden Miller emerged as the heroes from this thrilling game between St. Ignatius Prep and Sir John A. Cumber Primary.
Following a goalless 50 minutes and 10 minutes of extra time, penalties ultimately settled this Group A rivalry.
It did not begin well for St. Ignatius Prep as Alex Novak drove his penalty straight at the Sir John A. Cumber goalkeeper, but Matthew Lloyd-Hickey and Chad Owen netted the next two to keep St. Ignatius’s hopes alive.
Sir John A. Cumber’s Owen Gordon and Rashaad Powery scored the first two penalties for the West Bay outfit but Lewis Clarke failed to find the target and, after three penalties, the score was locked at 2-2.
On to sudden death penalties and the pressure was on. St. Ignatius’ Jace Jarvis stepped up and slotted home his attempt but Sir John A. Cumber’s Shaunjay Bodden could only find the knees of St. Ignatius’ goalkeeper Jayden Miller, which ultimately secured the 3-2 win for the Catholic boys.
In the U-9 Consolation Cup final, Red Bay won their first of two titles as they held on to defeat defending U-9 Consolation Cup champions Bodden Town 3-2.
Red Bay’s prolific marksman Alejandro Holness scored twice in the 14th and 15th minutes and Tyru Nixon added a third in the 26th minute.
Bodden Town’s captain Jacobi Tugman pulled one back in the 32nd minute and rattled the Red Bay coaching staff’s nerves scoring his second in the 50th minute. At 3-2, the intensity increased but Bodden Town were unable to find the equalizer in the final 10 minutes.
Defending U-11 Champions Cayman Prep stamped their name in the PFL history books with a 2-0 victory over St. Ignatius Prep thanks to two goals from Aaron Jarvis in the 15th and 24th minutes.
For his two-goal contribution, Jarvis was awarded the Justin Henry Memorial Award as Most Valuable Player in the final.
This victory was Cayman Prep’s second title for the day and the third for the season after winning the 2013/14 Opening Rally championship in September.
In addition, this U-11 title win confirmed Cayman Prep’s second successive undefeated season (regular season and playoffs).
Cayman Prep’s only blemish was a loss to Sir John A. Cumber Primary in the final of the Opening Rally last October.
Sir John A. Cumber Primary secured the U-11 Champions Cup third place trophy with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over South Sound Schools, thanks to a Jahrion Bodden strike in the 22nd minute.
Sir John A. Cumber’s inability to consistently score has plagued this campaign and it was no different for this, their final game.
South Sound Schools were their usual busy selves, making it difficult for the West Bay side. Kiran Connolly-Basdeo, who was mistakenly named as the scorer of the own goal during last week’s semifinal game with Cayman Prep, put in another solid performance in the South Sound rearguard.
Red Bay clinched their second title in the U-11 Consolation Cup final, defeating Truth For Youth 2-1 in yet another thrilling encounter.
Alejandro Holness opened the scoring for Red Bay but Truth For Youth’s Tevin Ebanks equalized just before the break.
Red Bay’s Tekwan Truman sealed the victory with one of the day’s best goals as he volleyed home a cross just past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Satiah Miller.
Trophies and medals were presented to the respective schools by CUC’s president and CEO Richard Hew.
CUC organizer Neil Murray said, “As always, special thanks to all the officials Ronnie Roach, Dwayne Ebanks, Shakur Welcome, Chastine Rankine, Shannelle Frederick, Collin Redden, Thompson Hew, Ernie Jacques, Ryan Burke, Sylvester Coleman and Joshua Frederick for their assistance throughout the season, and to sponsors Progressive Distributors, sole distributors of Gatorade to all the schools for the past nine years.
“Thanks also to all the coaches, parents and supporters who make the CUC PFL the most compelling game to watch.”