Schools qualify for football semi finals

| 30/01/2013

pflplayoffs260113 26 (248x300).jpg(CUC-PFL): It was a mixture of happiness and heartache for some schools following the culmination of day four in the 2012/2013 CUC Primary Football League (PFL) this past Saturday at the Annex Field. Day four marked the final day of group play in the PFL Playoffs and for the top four finishers in each division, a chance to play in the semi-finals scheduled for next Saturday, February 2. In the Under 9 Consolation Cup, George Town Primary topped the group and secured the number one seed in the semis after demolishing Triple C 9-0; Truth For Youth finished second after losing to Bodden Town Primary 3-1, who finished third with the win and wrapping up the top four was Prospect Primary.

The semi finals will see George Town Primary play Prospect Primary and Truth For Youth face Bodden Town Primary (both games at 9:00 am).

In the Under 9 Champions Cup, undefeated South Sound Schools maintained their perfect record and at the same time secured the number one seed with a 1-1 draw with Savannah Primary. South Sound’s Lucas Carter opened the scoring for his school mates but Jawan Wray tied things up late in the game after equalizing for Savannah Primary. With the draw, Savannah Primary secured the number four spot.

In other action, Cayman Prep finished runners-up in the group after defeating Sir John A. Cumber Primary 3-1; St. Ignatius Prep secured third spot with a 3-1 victory over NorthEast Schools and Cayman International School ended their season on a high with a 2-0 defeat of Red Bay Primary thanks to goals from Oliver Johns in the 32nd minute and Jonathan Rado in the 40th minute.

In the Under 9 Champions Cup semi finals, South Sound Schools will play St. Ignatius Prep and Cayman Prep face Savannah Primary (both games at 10:00 am). In the Under 11 Consolation Cup, Savannah Primary secured the number one seed with a resounding 4-1 victory over South Sound Schools and Prospect Primary defeated Truth For Youth 4-1 to finish as the number two seed. Cayman International School and Truth For Youth round off the top four respectively.

In the semi finals, Savannah Primary will face Truth For Youth and Prospect Primary play Cayman International School (both games at 11:00 am). In the Under 11 Champions Cup, Cayman Prep completed the group stage of the Playoffs without dropping a single point and secured the number one seed with a 3-0 victory over St. Ignatius Prep.

David Pitcairn opened the scoring in the 26th minute after slotting home a penalty and added his second in the 55th minute. Strike partner Aaron Jarvis scored in the 33rd minute. Even with the loss, St. Ignatius Prep finished fourth in the group and secured aspot in the semi finals.

Red Bay Primary and Sir John A. Cumber Primary finished second and third in the group respectively after a hard-fought 1-1 draw. Sir John A. Cumber took the lead early in the second half after Barry Dre Tibbetts blasted an unstoppable drive past Red Bay’s Revaughn Johnson. Just when it seemed all was lost for the boys in maroon, Akili Talbert tapped in a late equalizer to share the points and send both teams into the semi finals.

In other games, 2011/2012 Under 11 Champions missed out on a spot in the semi finals by a single point after defeating NorthEast Schools 2-1 with Joshua O’Garro scoring both goals in the 9th and 40th minutes. NorthEast Schools had taken the lead in the 2nd minute thanks to an own goal off a George Town defender.

In a repeat of Saturday’s final group games, Cayman Prep will face St. Ignatius Prep and Red Bay Primary play Sir John A. Cumber Primary in the semi finals (both games at 12:30 pm).

Special thanks to Lovine “Pillo” Jovan and Dwayne Ebanks for assisting with officiating the day’s games and to the numerous recently qualified young referees and assistant referees who have gained some valuable experience in officiating in the PFL over the last few Saturdays.

Football fans are encouraged to head to the Annex Field this Saturday, February 2 to cheer on all the players as they vie for a spot in the finals and glory for their schools.


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