The playoffs are here! There was plenty to cheer about this past Saturday, November 25 as the 2023 CUC Primary Football League (PFL) quarter-finals as well as the second-to-last day of regular season action in the CUC Girls’ Primary Football League (GPFL) took centre stage at the Annex Field.
Before spectators had time to settle in their seats they were already up and cheering as the young ladies from St. Ignatius Catholic took on their counterparts from Cayman Prep in a pivotal encounter that would potentially settle the 2023 league championship.
St. Ignatius Catholic were on the front foot from the opening whistle and it paid off in the 3rd minute as St. Ignatius’ Chloe Deosaran took advantage of a poor defensive clearance to put her team up 1-0. Cayman Prep threw everything they could at St. Ignatius but their prolific striker tandem of Chloe Purvis and Olivia Blair could not break through the staunch St. Ignatius defence. The 1-0 win was enough to secure the 2023 title for the young ladies from St. Ignatius with one week to spare.
In other GPFL games, Sir John A. Cumber Primary defeated George Town Primary 4-0 (respect rule) and Island Primary downed Red Bay Primary 3-1.
In the CUC PFL Under 9 Champions Cup quarter-finals, Cayman International School, Footsteps School, Prospect Primary and defending champions Cayman Prep 9A all advanced to next weeks semi-finals. Cayman International School defeated Red Bay Primary 4-0 (respect rule), Footsteps School got past Sir John A. Cumber Primary 2-1, Prospect Primary downed St. Ignatius Catholic 2-0 and Cayman Prep 9A beat George Town Primary 4-0 (respect rule).
In the semi-finals, Cayman International School will face Prospect Primary and Footsteps School will do battle with Cayman Prep 9A for a place in the final.
In the Under 11 Consolation Cup quarter-finals, Joanna Clarke Primary beat Theoline L. McCoy Primary 4-0 (respect rule), Island Primary squeezed past Red Bay Primary 1-0 and NorthEast Schools downed George Town Primary 3-2 in an exciting sudden death penalty shootout. In the semi-finals, Joanna Clarke Primary will face NorthEast Schools and Island Primary will play Sir John A. Cumber Primary, who received a bye to the semi-finals.
In the Under 11 Champions Cup quarter-finals, defending champions Cayman Prep 11A got past fellow school mates Cayman Prep 11C 4-0 (respect rule), Cayman International School downed Cayman Brac 2-0, Prospect Primary beat Cayman Prep 11B 1-0 and St. Ignatius Catholic got the better of Small Schools 3-1 in extra time.
The semi-finals are set for Saturday, December 2 with the finals and third-place games scheduled for Saturday, December 9. All playoff games are at the Annex Field
The CYFL thank Progressive Distributors and Gatorade for their ongoing support of the CUC PFL and GPFL.
Visit www.caymanyouthfootball.ky for the CUC PFL Playoff schedule and scores and the GPFL regular season schedule as well as scores and standings.