PRESENTATION San Fernando registered their second straight win to move to the top spot of the 2018 Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division.
The defending champions notched their second straight 3-1 result, over Carapichaima East at Union Hall, Marabella.
Jordan Riley gave Presentation a sixth minute lead and Carapichaima compounded matters when Brandon St Clair scored an own goal in the 55th.
Jaiye Shepherd netted Presentation’s third item in the 70th but Keilon Burnett pulled one back in the 79th.
National youth team midfielder John-Paul Rochford netted a pair to guide QRC to a 2-0 victory over newcomers Valencia at the QRC Ground, St Clair.
St Anthony’s rebounded from Saturday’s 4-2 loss to St Augustine with a 3-1 victory away to Bishop’s High in Tobago. Also in winners’ row yesterday were Trinity Moka, who edged Fatima 1-0 at Maraval.
Kurdell Sween and Terrell Wiley were the goal-getters for Trinity East, but they could only manage a 2-2 draw away to St Augustine.
At the Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella, St Benedict’s and St Mary’s played to a 1-1 draw. Devon Charles gave St Mary’s a 37th minute lead but Yahtham Henry equalised in the 77th.
Naparima were held to a goalless draw by East Mucurapo at Lewis Street, San Fernando.
Round Three matches in the Premier Division will be contested on Saturday.
Pres makes it two in a row.
By Nigel Simon (Guardian).
Gustine, Naps held in Premier Div
Defending champion Presentation College of San Fernando moved into sole possession of top spot in the Premier Division of the Shell/First Citizens Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) with a 3-1 whipping of Carapichaima East Secondary at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre, yesterday.
Starting the day levelled on three points with St Augustine Secondary, Naparima College and idle San Juan North Secondary, Presentation got a goal each from Jordan Riley, Shakeem Julien and Omri Baird, just as they did in the opening round win over Trinity College of Moka, to lead 3-0 at the half-time whistle against Carapichaima East. It was Carapichaima’s first match of the season.
The second-half saw a much improved defensive effort from the Central Zone school, who managed to pull a goal back, however, the damage was already done in the first 45 minutes by Presentation to improve to maximum six points after two matches, two ahead of former two-time champion Naparima College, St Augustine Secondary and Queen’s Royal College (QRC).
Naparima was held to a goalless draw by East Mucurapo Secondary at its Lewis Street, San Fernando home ground while the “Green Machine” of St Augustine needed a goal four minutes into time added on from Kesean St Rose to earn a 2-2 at home with East Zone rival, Trinity College East.
Dorian Sampson scored in the 29th minute for “Gustine” to lead 1-0 at the half-time interval as they looked to build on the 4-2 opening win against St Anthony’s College.
However, on the resumption, Kerdell Sweeen (55th) and Terrell Wiley (73rd) got items for the visitors to silence the home crowd, until St Rose struck at the death for a share of the spoils.
Over in Tobago at Plymouth Recreation Ground, St Anthony’s College got two late goals in a 3-1 defeat of Bishop’s High School.
The trio of Zion Williams, Omari Williams and Khiesa Granger were all on target for the “Westmooring Tigers” to cancel out Dominique Lyons’ reply for the hosts.
At QRC ground in St Clair, national Under-20 standout John-Paul Rochford got both goals to lead the Royalians past promoted Valencia Secondary while up at Moka, Maraval, Kai Phillip’s 35th-minute strike secured all three points for Trinity College Moka over Fatima.
In the day’s other fixture, St Benedict’s College and St Mary’s battled to a 1-1 draw at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella.