Presentation College's unbeaten run in the Premier Division of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) continued yesterday with a convincing 3-1 triumph over rivals St Benedict's at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella.
The 2017 defending champion team got a goal apiece from Jordan Riley, Omri Baird and Aleem Barclay in a winning effort, and afterwards, manager Andre Benjamin said while he was happy for the result, it is still a long way off from properly defending the title. "We still have a number of really tough matches to play, for instance, our next game against East Mucurapo on the road. Every team in this competition is a difficult one and therefore we will be taking it one game at a time, particularly our matches on the road," Benjamin explained.
He noted, "We are trying to keep our focus, especially on the road because dropping points during away matches have been a problem of ours in the past. So we will be taking it one game at a time, as we try to eliminate the losses on the road."
The southerners now have 12 points from their four matches, two ahead of arch-rivals Naparima College which pulled off an equally convincing 2-0 win over Fatima College at its home at Lewis Street, San Fernando.
Mark Ramdeen, Naparima's prolific scorer, got a brace to spearhead the win. The Angus Eve-coach team has now moved to 10 points from four matches.
Meanwhile, San Juan North Secondary also maintained its 100 per cent record in the League when it edged Trinity College East 1-0 at Henry Street Arouca, to move to nine points in three matches.
And at Valencia, the home team- Valencia Secondary got a double strike from Zidane Liverpool to record its first win in the school's league, whipping seasoned campaigners St Mary's College 3-1.
Liverpool's brace was followed by an own goal from the CIC defence. Meanwhile, at Westmooring, St Anthony's College, known as the 'Tigers' stopped a battling Queen's Royal College (QRC) 2-0, courtesy a 38th-minute goal from Quin Fredericks and another from Josiah Edwards in the 78th.
Naps 2 (Mark Ramdeen 2) vs Fatima College 0
St Anthony's College 2 (Quinn Fredericks 38th, Josiah Edwards 78th) vs QRC 0
Bishop's High School 2 (Adriel George 26th, 93rd) vs Trinity College Moka 3 (Rahiem Jawahir 73rd, 75th, Kai Phillips 90th)
Carapichaima East 4 vs St Augustine Sec 3 (Kesean St Rose 2, Nickel Alexander)
Presentation College 3 (Jordan Riley, Omri Baird, Aleem Barclay) vs St Benedict's 1
Trinity College East 0 vs San Juan North 1
Valencia Sec 3 (Zidane Liverpool 2, own goal) vs St Mary's College 1
Pres Sando, San Juan maintain unbeaten records.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).
PRESENTATION San Fernando and San Juan North maintained their unbeaten records in the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division as Match Day Four fixtures took place yesterday.
Presentation San Fernando, the 2017 league winners, registered their fourth win in succession after getting the better of struggling St Benedict’s 3-1 at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella.
San Juan North moved up one spot to third after earning their third straight win, by a 1-0 margin over hosts Trinity East in Trincity.
Naparima stayed in second spot after a 2-0 victory over Fatima at Lewis Street, San Fernando, with Trinity Moka climbing one place to fourth after edging lowly Bishop’s High 3-2 at the Plymouth Recreation Ground.
In a high-scoring fixture, Carapichaima East edged St Augustine 4-3 at Carapichaima and Valencia collected their first points of the season when they spanked St Mary’s 3-0 at Valencia.
St Anthony’s were also in winners’ row yesterday, courtesy of a 2-0 result over QRC at the St Anthony’s Ground, Westmoorings.
St Anthony’s broke the deadlock in the 37th minute when Quinn Frederick collected a ball from the right by Josiah Edwards, got past a defender and drilled a right-footed shot which was parried, into his own net, by goalkeeper Jacques Poon-Lewis.
In the 77th, Edwards got his name on the scoresheet, after woeful defending from the QRC outfit.
A diagonal pass from substitute Jahmai George was poorly cleared by a QRC defender and Edwards took the loose ball, spotted Poon-Lewis out of the penalty box and sent a left-footed lob into the vacant net.
Match Day Five encounters will be contested on September 29.