No coach Shawn Cooper, no problem. This as Presentation College of San Fernando led by a brace from Jaiye Sheppard continued the team's defence of its Shell/First Citizens Secondary Schools Football League Premier Division crown with a 5-0 hammering of Valencia Secondary at Union Hall, San Fernando, on Wednesday.
With head coach Shawn Cooper away on national duty with the T&T women’s team at the CONCACAF Championship in the USA, all eyes were on Presentation to see how the defending champion would respond under the supervision of assistant coach Dunston Williams.
And at the half-time interval, it was steady progress as Presentation led 1-0 thanks to a strike from Justin Cornwall in the 38th minute. However, within four minutes of the restart, it was all over as a contest with Sheppard scoring in the 47th and 49th minutes to put the hosts 3-0 ahead.
Valencia then pressed the self-destruct button with Keegan Faria (62nd), Dwight Yorke (64th) and Zidan Liverpool (67th) all shown straight red cards by referee Clevon Joseph, to reduce their team to eight players. Faria was shown a red for a dangerous tackle while Yorke and Liverpool were for dissent.
To add to the visitor's misery, Jardel St Clair and Shakeem Julien then added to Presentation's tally in the 68th and 81st minutes respectively to secure their biggest win of the campaign so far this season, and record the school's sixth victory on-a-trot for maximum 18 points, two ahead of bitter neighbour and former two-time champion, Naparima College.
The trio of Tyrike Andrews, Isa Bramble and Jeron Pantor scored a goal each to see Naparima past Bishop's High School at Lewis Street, San Fernando.
Up at San Juan North Secondary ground, Bourg Mulatresse, Jerry Morris filled in for the suspended pair of Ronaldo Boyce and Tyrell Cameron with a pair of goals in a 3-2 triumph over Carapichaima East, to move into sole possession of the third spot with 15 points and a match in hand on the top two.
Isaiah Chase added the valuable third item for San Juan North while Mickel Alexander and Josiah King got a goal each in the loss for Carapichaima East, which dropped to the sixth spot with nine points, two behind St Anthony's College and Trinity College Moka.
Down at St Anthony's Ground, Westmoorings, Kiron Manswell and captain Haile Beckles netted first-half items.
Elsewhere, in another North Zone derby, East Mucurapo Secondary got a 93rd minute winner from Kidanie Lewis to edge past Fatima College 3-2 at Fatima College Ground, Mucurapo for its first win, while down at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre St Benedict’s College, also won for the first time this season, 1-0 against St Augustine Secondary.
The match between Trinity Moka and Queen's Royal College (QRC) at Maraval was postponed due to a waterlogged field.
Yesterday's SSFL Results
East Mucurapo 3 (Jaheim Aguilleria o.g 1st, Zion Mc Leod 16th, Kidanie Lewis 93rd) vs Fatima 2 (Mikhail Mc Comie 5th, Luke Darwent 37th)
Naparima College 3 (Tyrike Andrews, Isa Bramble, Jeron Pantor) vs Bishop’s High 0
Presentation College (Jaiye Sheppard 47th, 49th, Justin Cornwall 38th, Jardel St Clair 68th, Shakeem Julien 81st) vs Valencia Secondary 0
San Juan North Secondary 3 (Isaiah Chase 19th, Jerry Morris 45th, 62nd) vs Carapichaima East Secondary 2 (Luke Charles 41st, Mecaheil Alexander 65th)
St Anthony’s College 2 (Kiron Manswell 17th, Haile Beckles 31st) vs St Mary’s College 0
St Benedict’s College 1 (Jaycee Paras) vs St Augustine Secondary 0
2018 SSFL Premier Division
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2018 SSFL Premier Division Standings
Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Presentation 6 6 0 0 16 3 13 18
2 Naparima 6 5 1 0 14 3 11 16
3 San Juan 5 4 1 0 12 5 7 13
4 St Anthony's 5 3 1 1 9 5 4 10
5 Trinity Moka 5 3 1 1 9 8 1 10
6 Carapichaima 5 3 0 2 13 13 0 9
7 QRC 5 2 1 2 8 6 2 7
8 St Augustine 6 2 1 3 11 12 -1 7
9 Trinity East 5 1 3 1 3 3 0 6
10 Mucurapo 5 1 2 2 7 8 -1 5
11 St Benedict's 5 1 2 2 4 7 -3 5
12 St Mary's 6 1 1 4 7 12 -5 4
13 Valencia 6 1 0 5 7 17 -10 3
14 Fatima 6 0 1 5 6 13 -7 1
15 Bishop's Tobago 6 0 1 5 8 19 -11 1
Pres Sando blank Valencia in SSFL.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).
PRESENTATION San Fernando continued their 100 per cent record in the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division yesterday with a 5-0 whipping of Valencia at Union Hall, Marabella, in a Round Six fixture.
Presentation, the 2017 champs, have 18 points, two more than Naparima, who cruised past cellar-placed Bishop’s High 3-0 at Lewis Street, San Fernando.
The goal-getters for Naparima were Tyrike Andrews (14th minute), Isa Bramble (49th minute) and Jeron Pantor (56th minute penalty).
Like Presentation, San Juan are yet to lose a game this season. They remained in third spot after defeating Carapichaima East 3-2 at San Juan.
St Anthony’s moved up three places to fourth after defeating the struggling St Mary’s 2-0 at Westmoorings.
East Mucurapo and St Benedict’s registered their first victories of the 2018 season. East Mucurapo edged neighbours Fatima 3-2 at the Fatima Ground and St Benedict’s got a narrow 1-0 win over St Augustine at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre.
A soggy outfield at Maraval forced the abandonment of the game between Trinity Moka and QRC.
Matches in Round Seven will be contested on Saturday.