Primary Football League: Top of the table clash ends in draw

Sir John A. Cumber’s Javon Henry, in red shorts, seen here in action against Red Bay Primary, scored an equalizer against Savannah Primary.

The only two undefeated Under-11 schools in Group A of the CUC Primary Football League, Sir John A. Cumber and Savannah Primary, played to a draw on Saturday at Bodden Town Primary’s field.

On a very bumpy field, both schools found it hard to get their usual passing games going, and in most instances, anything in the penalty area was a mad scramble, offensively and defensively. As the game progressed, the players found it easier to attack down the flanks and it proved worthwhile as both schools came close to taking the lead on a few occasions, organizers said in a press release.

Midway through the final quarter of play, Sir John A. Cumber’s goalkeeper pushed a shot onto his crossbar and away to safety.

After further pressure, Savannah Primary finally broke the deadlock in the 45th minute as a high ball into the Sir John A. Cumber penalty area flew off the head of a defender and into the back of the net.

With four minutes to go and a first defeat looming, Sir John A. Cumber’s Javon Henry picked up a pass at the halfway line and went on an incredible “Lionel Messi-like” run as he beat five Savannah Primary players and the goalkeeper before slotting the ball into the corner of the net. It was definitely the highlight of the game, according to the press release.

With not much time left on the clock, both schools pushed for the winner, but the final score was 1-1.

Earlier, in the Under-9s, Sir John A. Cumber won 2-1 with goals from Nahshon Ebanks in the 22nd minute and Josen Ebanks in the 28th minute. Savannah had taken an early lead through Kaleb Barboram in the 12th minute.

Sir John A. Cumber’s girls won 2-0 over their peers from Savannah Primary. Sir John A. Cumber’s Madison Ebanks scored the opener in the 26th minute and Iliana Romero scored her school’s second goal in the 34th minute.

In other PFL Group A games, it was St. Ignatius Prep 4 vs. George Town Primary 0 (Under 9 – respect rule enforced); St. Ignatius Prep 4 vs. George Town Primary 0 (Under 11 – respect rule enforced); and Cayman International School 4 vs. Truth For Youth 0 (Under 11 – forfeit).

In Group B games it was Red Bay Primary 0 vs. Bodden Town Primary 1 (Under 9); Red Bay Primary 1 vs. Bodden Town Primary 1 (Under 11); Cayman Prep “A” 4 vs. Prospect Primary 0 (Under 9 – respect rule enforced); Cayman Prep 4 vs. Prospect Primary “A” (Under 11 – respect rule enforced); Triple C 4 vs. NorthEast Schools 0 (Under 9 – forfeit); Triple C 1 vs. NorthEast Schools 0 (Under 11); and South Sound Schools 1 vs. Cayman Brac 4 (Under 11).

In the CUC Girls Primary Football League, the other score in Group A was St. Ignatius Prep 3 vs. George Town Primary 0, and in Group B it was Cayman Prep 3 vs. Prospect Primary “GB” 0.

The regular season for the boys and girls teams concludes on Saturday, Nov. 26, with games at the Annex field, Old Man Bay field, Dart field, Cayman Prep and Triple C. For the first time in PFL history, Cayman Brac will be hosting the Under-11s from Prospect Primary.

The playoffs begin on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the ‌Annex field.

For more information, contact Neil Murray on 914-1110 or 925-8793.

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