Verhoeven is a hat trick hero

The welcome rain certainly did not affect the players’ spirits on Saturday, as the CUC Primary Football League and Girls Primary Football League regular seasons continued with the fourth round of play. 

The featured games in Group A at a soggy TE McField Annex Field included Truth For Youth’s clash with St. Ignatius Prep. 

In the Under-9 encounter, Jayden Verhoeven scored a hat trick and Kyan Okoil added a fourth just before halftime for St. Ignatius Prep, as Truth For Youth could not find an answer to their opponents’ unstoppable offense. 

St. Ignatius goalkeeper Liam Kehoe, who was given an opportunity to play during the second half after sustaining a minor injury in the first half, grabbed his team’s fifth goal in the second half to record a 4-0 mercy rule-enforced victory for his school. 

In the U-11 game, Truth For Youth raced into an early 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Tevin Ebanks and Keon Jennings. 

St. Ignatius clawed their way back into the game just after halftime with Chad Owens scoring a splendid free kick from his own half, which eluded the unsuspecting Truth For Youth keeper, due in part to a very wet surface. 

Kai Hulse equalized late in the game for St. Ignatius, and just when it seemed that a deserved draw was imminent, Truth For Youth’s Marc Balbontin blasted a shot goal-ward that deflected off a St. Ignatius defender before nestling in the corner of the net. Truth For Youth escaped from the Annex with the 3-2 win. 

In other Group A games: Savannah Primary 1 vs. Cayman International School 0 (U-9); Savannah Primary 2 vs. Cayman International School 1 (U-11); and a game played Oct. 22, Sir John A. Cumber defeated Cayman Academy 3-1 (U-11) in West Bay. 

In the only Group B game played at the Annex, Red Bay Primary’s U-11 boys defeated South Sound Schools with goals from Dequan Messam, Isaac Peart, Alejandro Holness and an own goal, bringing the score to 4-0 before Bradley Erskine added his school’s fifth, which signaled the end of the scoring under the mercy rule. 

In other Group B games, it was Prospect Primary 4 vs. Triple C 1 (U-9); Prospect Primary 4 vs. Triple C 0 (U-11 – mercy rule); and Cayman Prep 4 vs. Cayman Brac 0 (U-11 – mercy rule). 

The U-9 game between Red Bay Primary and South Sound Schools was postponed, as were North East Schools’ games against Bodden Town Primary. The three games will be rescheduled. 

In Group A of the CUC Girls Primary Football League, it was Cayman International School 4 vs. Savannah Primary 0 (mercy rule). In Group B, it was Prospect Primary 0 vs. Triple C 4 (mercy rule). 

The Group B game between North East Schools and Bodden Town Primary was postponed and will be rescheduled. 

Neil Murray of CUC said, “Special thanks once again to the youth referees who continue to do an excellent job with officiating the … PFL and GPFL [games].” 

There are no games scheduled for Saturday because the private schools are on their mid-term break. 

The regular season will resume on Nov. 7 with games at the Annex, Old Man Bay Field, Triple C, Prospect Primary and Cayman International School. 

Verhoeven is a hat trick hero
Jayden Verhoeven, second from left, scored a hat trick for St. Ignatius.

Tevin Ebanks

Tevin Ebanks, right, opened the scoring for Truth For Youth.