The opening rally in the CUC Primary Football League needed sudden death to settle it.
St. Ignatius Catholic ‘A’ beat defending champions Cayman Prep ‘A’ by a 3‑2 score in a sudden death shoot-out. The two teams were engaged in a scoreless tie through 12 minutes of regulation, and they both scored their first two kicks as part of the first phase of the penalty shoot-out.
But then St. Ignatius ‘A’ went up with their third penalty kick and goalkeeper Charlie Macon played the hero by saving the dramatic final penalty kick from Cayman Prep ‘A.’
Liam Whiteside from St. Ignatius ‘A’ was named the Ronnie Roach Most Valuable Player of the rally.
Fifteen teams from 12 schools contested the Opening Rally, and the first round broke up the competitors into three round-robin groups of five. The three group winners and second-place finishers all advanced to the quarter-finals, as did the two best third-placed finishers in the various groups.
St. Ignatius Catholic ‘A’, Prospect Primary and Cayman Prep ‘A’ won their groups, and Red Bay Primary, Cayman Brac and George Town Primary qualified as second-place finishers in their group. Triple C and Savannah Primary qualified for the quarter-finals as the top third-place finishers.
George Town Primary fell to St. Ignatius Catholic ‘A’ by a 2‑1 scored in the quarter-finals, and Cayman Prep ‘A’ narrowly edged Savannah Primary 2‑1 in penalties. Prospect Primary beat Red Bay Primary 4‑3 to advance to the next round, and Cayman Brac beat Triple C 1‑0 to advance to the semi-finals.
St. Ignatius Catholic ‘A’ used a final minute goal to earn a 1‑0 win over Cayman Brac in the semi-finals, and Cayman Prep ‘A’ defeated Prospect Primary 2‑0 to book their place in the finals.
Cayman Brac defeated Prospect Primary 3‑1 to win the third-place playoff.
The 2019 CUC PFL and Girls’ Primary Football League regular seasons begin Saturday at venues across Grand Cayman.