The female players from Prospect Primary ‘A’ created their own piece of history Saturday at the Annex Field as they won the inaugural 2016/2017 CUC Girls’ Primary Football League Opening Rally.
The Prospect Primary girls took the title with a hard-fought 1-0 penalty shootout victory over St. Ignatius Prep.
Prospect’s goal keeper Nalani Swann was the heroine in the final and on the day as she kept the speedy and talented St. Ignatius Prep forwards at bay, pulling off a number of key saves during regulation time, in extra time and the penalty shootout.
Her efforts earned her the Marie Martin Most Valuable Player award for the most outstanding player in the final.
With the score all even at 0-0 after regulation time, the final went into extra time where neither team could find the back of the net to break the deadlock.
With both goal keepers at their very best, the regular penalty shootout ended 0-0 after three penalties. Finally, Prospect Primary secured the victory and the cup, blasting in their second sudden death penalty after St. Ignatius had missed their allotted second sudden death penalty.
Cayman Prep claimed third place after defeating Sir John A. Cumber Primary ‘B’ 1-0 thanks to a solitary strike from Nayeli Dacres. Sir John A. Cumber Primary ‘B’ finished fourth.
During first round play in Zone A, in what was to be a prelude to the final, St. Ignatius Prep defeated Prospect Primary ‘A’ 3-0.
In Zone B, Sir John A. Cumber Primary ‘A’ topped the group with a penalty shootout win over Prospect Primary ‘B’ and a 1-0 victory over George Town Primary. George Town Primary secured second place in Zone B after defeating Prospect Primary ‘B’ 1-0. The three schools all advanced to the quarterfinals.
In Zone C, Cayman Prep won the group on goal difference after losing to Sir John A. Cumber Primary ‘B’ in a penalty shootout and beating Savannah Primary 2-0.
Sir John A. Cumber Primary ‘B’ finished second in Zone C with their win over Cayman Prep and a loss to Savannah Primary, also in a penalty shootout. Savannah Primary finished bottom of the group on goal difference with their victory over Sir John A. Cumber Primary ‘B’. The three schools advanced to the quarterfinals.
In the quarterfinals, St. Ignatius Prep defeated George Town 3-0 with goals from Ashlyn Evans (2) and Madison Kelly; Sir John A. Cumber Primary ‘B’ defeated Sir John A. Cumber Primary ‘A’ in the battle of West Bay with Zavier Powery clinching the winner for her young team; Cayman Prep were 5-0 victors over Prospect Primary ‘B’ thanks to goals from Clara Byrne (2), Talia McMillian-Collette and Kate Young, and Prospect Primary ‘A’ outlasted Savannah Primary 2-1 in a penalty shootout.
In the semifinals, St. Ignatius secured their place in the coveted final after defeating Cayman Prep 1-0 with Ashlyn Evans grabbing the winner, and Prospect Primary ‘A’ downed Sir John A. Cumber Primary ‘B’ 3-2 after an exciting sudden death penalty shootout.
Youth officials Francisco Murillo-Johnson, Matthew Bodden and Saul and Isaiah O’Sullivan officiated the games throughout the day under the guidance of PFL Youth Referees Association Director Dwayne Ebanks.
The primary schoolboys take center stage on Saturday, Oct. 1, as the 2016/2017 CUC PFL Opening Rally kicks-off at 9 a.m. at the Annex Field.