Excitement was in the air at the Annex Field on Jan. 16 as the 2015/2016 CUC Primary Football League (PFL) and Girls Primary Football League (GPFL) playoffs continued with the fourth and final round of games to see which schools will progress to the semifinals.
While some schools were already guaranteed a place in the semifinals, which are scheduled for Saturday, there was some fighting for the remaining spots, and tensions were running high among players, coaches and parents alike.
For those schools already eliminated, it was a chance for them to play the role of “spoilers” for the schools still in contention for the semifinals.
PFL Under-9 Consolation Cup
In the PFL Under-9 Consolation Cup, George Town Primary had the chance to knock off an undefeated Triple C team and claim top spot in the standings and with it, an automatic spot in the final in two weeks. But Kane Watson and his teammates had other ideas as Watson sealed a 1-0 victory for the Crusaders and an automatic berth in the final.
George Town Primary will face South Sound Schools at 9 a.m. Saturday to see which team will play Triple C for the Consolation Cup championship.
PFL Under-9 Champions Cup
In the PFL Under-9 Champions Cup, defending champions Cayman Prep came back from a goal down to beat St. Ignatius Prep 3-1 in a must-win game, which saw them finish fourth in the final playoff standings on goal difference and gain the final semifinal place.
Even with the loss, St. Ignatius Prep finished third in the final standings and secured their place in the semifinals.
Cayman International School grabbed top spot in the final playoff standings after blanking NorthEast Schools 2-0 thanks to goals from Chad Murphy and Toby Johns. Savannah Primary secured second place in the standings with a convincing 3-1 win over Prospect Primary.
Sir John A. Cumber Primary had the chance to eliminate defending champions Cayman Prep from the playoffs but could only draw 0-0 with Red Bay Primary. Although finishing with the same number of points as Cayman Prep, the boys from West Bay were eliminated on goal difference by a single goal. In the Under 9 Champions Cup semifinals at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Cayman International School will play Cayman Prep and Savannah Primary will face St. Ignatius Prep.
PFL Under-11 Consolation Cup
In the PFL Under-11 Consolation Cup, St. Ignatius Prep defeated Bodden Town Primary 4-0 and George Town Primary outlasted Triple C 3-1 with two goals from Nathaniel Garrett and a single strike from Aaron Chambers. Triple C’s Amalee Mendoza-Williams replied for his school.
With the wins, St. Ignatius Prep topped the final playoff standings and will face fourth-placed Triple C in the semifinals, while second-placed George Town Primary will play third-placed NorthEast Schools. Both games are scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
PFL Under-11 Champions Cup
In the tightly contested PFL Under-11 Champions Cup, Cayman Prep retained the No. 1 spot by beating Sir John A. Cumber Primary 1-0 thanks to an early Pierce Terry strike.
Red Bay Primary finished second in the final playoff standings with a convincing 4-0 victory over Cayman International School compliments of a hat trick from the boots of Alejandro Holness and a strike from Dequan Messam.
Truth For Youth secured third spot in the final standings following a 5-1 win over Cayman Brac.
Jaythan Bodden opened the scoring for the Sister Islands, but Truth For Youth’s Tevin Ebanks, Nicholas Chowtee, Tyrese Denton and Keon Jennings (2) sealed the victory for the “light blues.”
Savannah Primary grabbed the fourth and final spot in the standings following a 6-0 defeat of Prospect Primary. Jayden Whittaker opened the scoring for Savannah with Immanuel Duran (2), Josh Gardner, Josh Elliott and Daniel Gayle securing the victory.
In the semifinals on Saturday, Cayman Prep will face Savannah Primary and Red Bay Primary will play Truth For Youth at 1:45 p.m. for a place in the final.
GPFL Consolation Cup
In the only GPFL Consolation Cup game, Sir John A. Cumber Primary B defeated Bodden Town Primary 4-0 to secure their place in the final against George Town Primary, which will be played on Jan. 30.
GPFL Champions Cup
In the GPFL Champions Cup, Sir John A. Cumber Primary, Cayman International School, Cayman Prep and Triple C had already secured their places in the semifinals during the third round of playoff games played Jan. 16.
Sir John A. Cumber Primary secured the top spot going into the semifinals with a 2-0 victory over Triple C, and Cayman International School finished second following a 3-0 shutout of Cayman Prep. Cayman Prep and Triple C round off the top four respectively.
In the other game played on Saturday, St. Ignatius Prep defeated Bodden Town Primary 4-0.
In the semifinals, Sir John A. Cumber will face Triple C and Cayman International School will play Cayman Prep at 11:15 a.m. in a repeat of the fourth round games for a place in the final.