Reigning champions Shiva Boys scored a late winner against Naparima College to walk away with a thrilling 2-1 victory in their opening clash of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division competition at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva last evening.
Shiva led 1-0 until the 69th minute when Naps equalised through a wonderful free kick from Keshorn Murphy. Their joy was however short lived as Jude Phillip - ran down the right side beat an offside trap and scored with just seven minutes to go.
Naps started well and made some searching runs into the Shiva penalty area but was unlucky. In the seventh minute Ronaldo McIntosh struck the bar much to the excitement of the Naparima fans who were out in their numbers.
However, in the 14th minute against the run of play Junior Asson scored to give Shiva the lead. After this close range strike Naps came to life looking for an equaliser and for the rest of the half the game was played in Shiva’s half.
The teams went into the locker room with the score 1-0 in favour of Shiva Boys.
Earlier, the first clash between Fatima College and Carapichaima East failed the capture the attention of the crowd, as both teams looked very short of work.
Carapichaima though looked the better of the two and it showed in the final score of 2-0.
The wet turf at the stadium foiled good ball control but Kevon Williams was able to open the doors in the 21st when he netted for Caps.
Fatima tried in vain to level the scores but when the half time whistle went, the score remained 1-0.
On the resumption, Fatima started to push men forward in an attempt to equalise and this left them thin in the back. Elijah King needed no invitation and in the 65th he doubled and the score. Fatima had some near misses towards the end of the match but it was the team from central that recorded a comfortable 2-0 triumph.
Carapichaima East 2 (Kevon Williams 21st, Elijah King 65th) vs Fatima College 0
Naparima College 1 (Keshorn Murphy) v Shiva Boys 2 (Junior Asson 14th, Jude Phillip 83rd)
(Teams 1 - by wired868.com)
Carapichaima East (4-4-1-1): 1.Aaron Best (GK); 2.Colin Wheeler, 4.Brandon St Clair, 5.Andre St Clair, 3.Symron Wiseman; 9.Kevon Williams, 17.Macaheil Alexander, 20.Elijah King (11.Kellon Burnett), 6.Joshua King; 10.Daniel Pascal; 8.Theophilus Bourne.
Unused Substitutes: 7.Yohance Brereton, 23.Aaron St Clair, 21.Israel Moore, 13. Daneil St Clair, 16.Iiju James.
Coach: Randolph Boyce
Fatima (3-5-2): 1.Jacob Camacho (GK); 19.Lleyton Augustine, 8.Isaiah Lamont, 3.Joshua Evans; 14.Luke Boucaud, 21.Luke Gooding (13.Zachary Welch), 10.Andrew Abraham, 18.Kaylon Taylor (11.Justin Araujo-Wilson) 4.Joshua Araujo-Wilson (C), 9.Mikhail McComie (20.Jean-Heim Mc Fee), 7.Stephon Marcano
Unused Substitutes: 38.Jabari Dennis, 15.Elisha Taylor, 2.Christopher Serrant, 5.Jordan Romany.
Coach: Wayne Sheppard
Man of the Match: Theophilus Bourne (Carapichaima East)
(Teams 2 - by wired868.com)
Shiva Boys (4-1-4-1): 24.De-Jon Blondell (GK); 32. Ronald Charles, 19.Yohannes Richardson, 12.Jabari Graham, 14.Matthew Beal; 21.Aaron Rodney (6. Tyrel Emmanuel); 17.Ronaldo Edwards (15.Kierron Mason), 10.Judah Garcia, 8.Jude Phillip, 7.Quinn Rodney; 11.Junior Asson (9.Tyrel Baptiste).
Unused Substitutions: 22.Denzil Smith (GK), 16.Simeon De Bourgh, 33.Ryan Davis, 18.Muquasie Alexander.
Coach: Hayden Ryan
Naparima (4-3-2-1): 30.Enrique Changiah (GK); 15.Shadeon Arthur, 5.Rondell Payne (C), 2.Tyrique Andrews, 19.Andre Raymond (7.Isa Bramble); 6.Judah St Louis (8.Kodel Frontin), 13.Jeron Pantor; 16.Decklan Marcelle, 18.Ronaldo Mc Intosh, 11.Nikel Rawlins (10.Mark Ramdeen); 9.Rushawn Murphy.
Unused Substitutions: 1.Levi Fernandez (GK), 3.Akil Johnson, 17.Shoaib Khan, 26.Seon Shippley.
Coach: Angus Eve
Man of the Match: Judah Garcia (Shiva Boys)
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