Cayman Prep successfully defended their 2013 Opening Rally title with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the always unpredictable Red Bay Primary in the final of the 2014 CUC Primary Football League Opening Rally.
Nathan Trickett was the hero at the TE McField Annex on Saturday for the champions as he netted the winner in the semifinal against his former school St. Ignatius Prep in a 1-0 win and then bagged the winner in the final. His performances also earned him The Ronnie Roach Most Valuable Player Award.
Contributing to the victory in the final was Cayman Prep’s goalkeeper Elliott Bishop who was outstanding between the posts. Bishop made two great saves towards the end of the game to secure the win.
The surprising Truth For Youth team claimed third place, defeating St. Ignatius Prep 2-0 in penalties after their game finished 0-0 after full time.
Cayman Prep’s road to the final began with a 4-1 win over South Sound School in Zone D, coupled with a narrow 4-3 victory over Red Bay Primary in sudden death penalties.
Red Bay defeated South Sound Schools 1-0 to finish second in the zone and advance to the quarterfinals.
Truth For Youth’s journey to the third-placed game began with a 1-0 loss to St. Ignatius Prep in Zone B.
The youngsters rallied to beat George Town Primary 1-0 and Bodden Town Primary 4-3 in penalties to finish runners-up in the Zone. St. Ignatius Prep won the zone after defeating Truth For Youth, Bodden Town Primary 2-1 and George Town Primary 2-0.
In Zone A, Cayman International School advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4-0 victory over Prospect Primary and a 3-1 win against Savannah Primary after penalties.
Savannah Primary overcame the loss to zone winners CIS to beat Prospect Primary 3-0 and claim a spot in the quarterfinals.
In Zone C, last year’s third-place finishers North East School won the zone with a 1-0 victory over Cayman Brac and Sir John A. Cumber Primary.
Sir John A. Cumber Primary defeated Cayman Brac 3-0 to secure second place in the zone and a spot in the quarterfinals.
In the quarterfinals, Cayman Prep defeated Savannah Primary 2-0 on penalties; Red Bay Primary beat CIS 1-0; Truth For Youth outlasted North East Schools 5-4 on penalties and St. Ignatius Prep beat Sir John A. Cumber Primary 2-0 on penalties.
In the semifinals, Cayman Prep secured their place in the final after defeating St. Ignatius Prep 1-0 and Red Bay Primary overcame Truth For Youth 2-1 in penalties.
Event organizer Neil Murray said: “Special thanks to the officials who did an excellent job throughout the day including Dwayne Ebanks, Chastine Rankine, David Conolly, Joshua Frederick, Shakur Welcome, Ernie Jacques, Jordan McLean, Collin Redden and Leo Ebanks.
“Thanks also to contributing sponsors Progressive Distributors, suppliers of Gatorade to all participating PFL schools.”
The Opening Rally marks the beginning of the 2014/15 CUC Primary Football League season, which commences this Saturday, Oct. 4 at venues across Grand Cayman.