Primary school football leagues return

Action in the Girls Under-9 league between George Town Primary, in blue, and Cayman Prep.

Saturday morning excitement returned to primary school fields across Grand Cayman as the 2019 CUC Primary Football League and Girls Primary Football League regular seasons kicked off last weekend.

For the very first time, Girls Under-9 games were played at a number of venues, including the West Bay Town Hall Field, Prospect Primary, St. Ignatius Catholic School and the Annex Field. The league officially started in 2018, but was limited to games at Cayman Prep School. Thanks to the efforts of a number of coaches, the Girls Under-9 league is now a regular fixture in primary school football.

The games are an opportunity for young players to have fun and enjoy themselves, while learning the game. The matches are 5-on-5 and are played on small fields with small goals. Unlimited substitutions are permitted, and no scores are recorded.

In the GPFL Under-11 league, Cayman International School opened their season with a 3-0 win over Sir John A. Cumber Primary at the West Bay Town Hall Field. Sienna Santiago opened the scoring in the 7th minute and added a second in the 10th minute before Lexi Young sealed the victory for CIS in the 14th minute.

In other girls Under-11 games, St. Ignatius Catholic and Savannah Primary played to a 2-2 draw, Cayman Prep Blue downed George Town Primary 4-0 (respect rule enforced) and Cayman Prep Red squeezed by Prospect Primary 1-0.

In Group A of the CUC PFL Under-9 Division, Cayman International School White got by Sir John A. Cumber Primary 3-2 thanks to goals from Quinn Hassett in the 9th minute, Owen Limberger in the 18th minute and Jeffrey Mialkos in the 26th minute.

Sir John A. Cumber’s Xavi Tibbetts pulled one back for his school in the 23rd minute before Kaedan Wright scored in the 33rd minute to put the CIS boys under some pressure before the final whistle.

In the Under-11 contest, Sir John A. Cumber Primary exacted some revenge on their opponents by overpowering CIS White 5-1.

Scorers for Sir John A. Cumber included Dru Myles (2nd minute), Xavi Tibbetts (8th minute), John Jackson (10th and 15th minutes) and Gabriel Matthews in the 28th minute. Tristan Ashdown scored CIS White’s lone goal in the 46th minute.

In other CUC PFL Group A games, it was St. Ignatius Catholic 4 vs. Savannah Primary 0 (Under-9 – respect rule enforced), St. Ignatius Catholic 3 vs. Savannah Primary 0 (Under-11), George Town Primary 0 vs. Cayman Prep 9B 1 (Under-9), George Town Primary 4 vs. Wesleyan Christian 0 (Under-11) and Truth For Youth 2 vs. Cayman Prep 11B 2 (Under-11).

In CUC PFL Group B games, it was NorthEast Schools 1 vs. Triple C 1 (Under-9), NorthEast Schools 0 vs. Triple C 1 (Under-11), Prospect Primary 0 vs. Cayman Prep 9A 4 (Under-9 – respect rule enforced), Prospect Primary 1 vs. Cayman Prep 11A 5 (Under-11 – respect rule enforced), Cayman International School 9Blue 4 vs. South Sound Schools 0 (Under-9 – respect rule enforced) and Cayman International School 11Blue 3 vs. Cayman Brac 2 (Under-11).

The 2019 CUC PFL and GPFL regular season continues Saturday, with games at the Annex Field, St. Ignatius, Dart Field, Bodden Town Primary and the West Bay Town Hall Field.