The second round games in the 2018 CUC Primary Football League and Girls’ Primary Football League regular seasons were played Saturday under threatening skies and through periods of cooling rain.
In Group B at the Dart Field, the Under 11 boys from Cayman Prep snatched a late 1-0 victory against their private school rivals Cayman International School Blue in a very entertaining game. Followers of the league are accustomed to Cayman Prep’s recent dominance, and although they play a neat, disciplined style of football, they can still grind out a victory through grit and determination when tested.
Throughout the game, CIS Blue’s disciplined defense kept the prolific Cayman Prep offense at bay. CIS kept working hard in the midfield but were unable to significantly trouble the Prep goal.
The game seemed destined for a draw, which would definitely have pleased the CIS Blue contingent, until Cayman Prep’s always dangerous Jaxon Cover found space in the opposition’s box to power home the winner late in the game. A clearly dejected CIS Blue team soldiered on in search of the equalizer but it was not to be.
In the Under 9 division in Group A, Truth For Youth secured their first win of the young season with a 1-0 victory over CIS White thanks to Danny Rankine’s first half strike.
In other CUC PFL Group B games it was Cayman Prep A 4 vs. Cayman International School Blue 2 (Under 11); Red Bay Primary 3 vs. NorthEast Schools 1 (Under 9); Red Bay Primary 4 vs. NorthEast Schools 0 (Respect rule – Under 11); and Triple C 4 vs. Cayman Brac 0 (Respect rule – Under 11).
In other Group A games it was Savannah Primary 4 vs. Sir John A. Cumber Primary 0 (Respect rule – Under 9); Savannah Primary 0 vs. Sir John A. Cumber Primary 1 (Under 11); St. Ignatius Catholic 3 vs. George Town Primary 0 (Under 9); and St. Ignatius Catholic 4 vs. George Town Primary (Respect rule – Under 11).
The CUC Girls’ Primary Football League Under 9 competition kicked off Saturday with a number of games between CIS and Cayman Prep. These 5v5 non-competitive games have been designed to introduce football to young women to assist with their development and prepare them for the GPFL Under 11 league. All games this season will be played at the Cayman Prep field on Smith Road, beginning at 8 a.m. The intention is to include as many schools as possible over the next few seasons.
In the only CUC GPFL Under 11 game played, St. Ignatius Catholic overcame George Town Primary 3-0.
The 2018 CUC PFL and GPFL regular season continues Saturday with games at the Annex Field, St. Ignatius, Dart Field, Ronald Forbes Field and the West Bay Town Hall Field.