Speyside Secondary received another three points and as many goals from the protest room that confirmed the school as champions of the Championship Division of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL), Tobago zone on Wednesday.
The school, Premiership Division campaigners in 2015 and 2017, was awarded the win by the disciplinary committee of the Tobago arm of the SSFL, after Signal failed to provide a change of uniform during a match three weeks ago, although they were the home team. The rule of the SSFL states clearly the home team usually changes its uniform in the event of a clash of colours.
Signal Hill had just one uniform and attempted to engage in a gentleman's agreement with Speyside for the encounter.
However, Speyside manager Kerry Lynch said he never agreed to change his customary green and yellow uniforms, as he could not have located all his backup kits for the match. He told Guardian Media Sports that he communicated this to Signal Hill officials but it was ignored.
Only last week Speyside received three points and goals after Pentecostal Light and Life failed to provide proper security at a game with them. The match was eventually abandoned, and the disciplinary committee ruled that the private educational institution breached the rules of the SSFL.
With the two rulings, Speyside earned six valuable points which enabled it to finish ahead of second place Mason Hall Secondary as the zone winner.
Speyside will now face Malick on Tuesday in its opening match of the Big Five play-off at St Mary College Ground. The top three teams will qualify for next year's premier division. Lynch said his team was twice booted out of the top flight school's league between 2015- 2017, but now he wants to return and stay among the top teams.
He said he does not know much about Malick Secondary, but he's confident in his team, which comprises a blend of inexperience and seasoned campaigners, such as Aminikki Richards, Ronaldo Samuel who came in from Signal Hill this year, Ronaldo Alleyne and 15-year-old Nicholas Sanchez, whom he described as a player for the future.