Aleem Bar­clay scored a late equalis­er to keep Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege of San Fer­nan­do on track to claim the Pre­mier Di­vi­sion ti­tle of the Shell/First Cit­i­zens Sec­ondary Schools Foot­ball League (SS­FL) af­ter be­ing held to a 2-2 draw with Fa­ti­ma Col­lege yes­ter­day.

The ac­tion un­fold­ed at the Man­ny Ramjohn Sta­di­um, Mara­bel­la and it was Bar­clay's 76th-minute item that saved "Pres" from go­ing down to the 13th-place team on the stand­ing.

Pre­sen­ta­tion, which en­tered the in­tense af­fair with nine wins and a draw un­der its belt, set the tone ear­ly and got the open­ing goal from Jor­dan Ri­ley in the sec­ond minute.

De­spite be­ing down 1-0 ear­ly, Fa­ti­ma did not fade and stepped up de­fen­sive­ly, while keep­ing the leader of the di­vi­sion in check for the bal­ance of the first half while in pur­suit of the equalis­er. How­ev­er, the host went in­to the dress­ing room with a 1-0 lead.

On the re­sump­tion though, the Fa­ti­ma team was able to draw lev­el with a 48th-minute item thanks to Mikhail Mc­Comie, who was on tar­get from the penal­ty spot. He re­turned some sev­en min­utes lat­er to put his team up 2-1.

The Fa­ti­ma boys held on for much of the sec­ond half un­til Bar­clay came to the res­cue with the equalis­er in the 76th minute, 2-2.

The scores re­mained un­changed when time ex­pired.

Fa­ti­ma stays in 13th spot with eight points from 12 match­es, which com­prise two wins, two draws and eight loss­es, while "Pres" kept its un­beat­en streak in­tact and moves to 29 points af­ter 11 match­es, four points ahead of the team’s clos­est chal­lengers San Juan North and Na­pari­ma, which pulled off a 3-2 win over San Juan in a match played in Bourg Mu­la­tresse.

De­spite both teams hav­ing 25 points, Na­pari­ma re­places San Juan in sec­ond place due to a bet­ter goal-dif­fer­ence, 13 com­pared to nine af­ter 11 rounds of match­es for each team. "Naps" record reads - sev­en wins and four draws, while third-place San Juan has eight wins, a draw and two loss­es.

In oth­er match­es, Akeil Vesprey net­ted the lone item in the third minute to help Cara­pichaima edge the vis­it­ing St An­tho­ny's Col­lege, 1-0; Zion McLeod and Ki­dane Lewis scored in East Mu­cu­rapo's 2-1 vic­to­ry over St Au­gus­tine at Fa­ti­ma grounds; St Mary's (CIC) whipped Bish­op's High, To­ba­go, 4-0 at CIC grounds; and at Ari­ma North Sec­ondary grounds, St Bene­dict's topped Va­len­cia, 3-2.

Yes­ter­day's Re­sults

Cara­pichaima 1 (Akeil Vesprey 3rd) vs Sty An­tho­ny’s 0

East Mu­cu­rapo 2 (Zion McLeod 30th penal­ty, Ki­dane Lewis 80th) vs St Au­gus­tine 1 (Kishorn St Rose 9th)

Pre­sen­ta­tion 2 (Jor­dan Ri­ley 2nd, Aleem Bar­clay 76th) vs Fa­ti­ma 2 (MiKhail Mc­Comie 48th penal­ty, 55th)

San Juan North 2 vs Na­pari­ma 3

St Mary’s Col­lege 4 vs Bish­op’s High 0

St Bene­dict’s 3 vs Va­len­cia 2

Trin­i­ty East 1 (Jaden McK­ree 33rd) vs Trin­i­ty Mo­ka 1 (Ja­heim Jawahir 85th)

Shell/FCB Pre­mier Di­vi­sion

Pos   Team   P   W   D   L   F   A   GD   Pts
1   Pre­sen­ta­tion   11   9   2   0   25   7   18   29
2   Na­pari­ma   11   7   4   0   21   8   13   25
3   San Juan   11   8   1   2   22   13   9   25
4   Cara­pichaima   11   6   1   4   22   19   3   19
5   Trin­i­ty Mo­ka   10   5   3   2   16   17   -1   18
6   St. Bene­dict's   11   5   2   4   15   14   1   17
7   St. Au­gus­tine   11   5   1   5   22   18   4   16
8   Trin­i­ty East   11   3   6   2   11   8   3   15
9   St. An­tho­ny's   10   4   2   4   15   13   2   14
10   QRC   10   3   4   3   13   9   4   13
11   East Mu­cu­rapo   11   3   2   6   13   19   -6   11
12   St Mary's   10   2   2   6   12   16   -4   8
13   Fa­ti­ma   12   2   2   8   11   20   -8   8
14   Va­len­cia   11   2   2   7   14   26   -12   8
15   Bish­op's High   13   0   2   11   12   36   -24   2


‘Naps’ win but ‘Pres’ remain on top SSFL Prem.
By Andrew Gioannetti (Newsday).

PRESENTATION College of San Fernando dropped points for only the second time this season but maintained their lead at the top of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division standings yesterday following a 2-2 home draw with a struggling Fatima College.

Presentation took the lead through Jordan Riley who struck in a volley from a Jaiye Sheppard cross. The defending league champions, however, conceded twice before salvaging a point by means of an equaliser from Aleem Barclay in the 76th minute.

Fatima College got both their goals from Mikhail McComie who scored a penalty in the 48th and the other in the 55th minute.

Their draw coincided with a 3-2 win for Naparima College, which propelled them into second place at the expense of San Juan North Secondary, who they defeated 3-2.

Meanwhile, Keon Boney scored a winning goal three minutes into injury time to see St Benedict’s College to a dramatic 3-2 win over Valencia Secondary. It was a heartbreaking result for Valencia, who rallied to equalise from a 2-0 deficit, only to lose all three points at the death.

In other results, Carapichaima East Secondary moved into fourth with a 1-0 win over an inconsistent St Anthony’s, while Trinity College East and Trinity College Moka played to a 1-1 derby draw.

St Mary’s College were the only successful team from the North, securing a much needed 4-0 win over Bishop’s High of Tobago.


Carapichaima East 1 vs St Anthony’s College 0

East Mucurapo 2 vs St Augustine Secondary 1

Presentation College San F’do (Jordan Riley, 2 vs Fatima College 2

San Juan North 2 vs Naparima College 3

St Mary’s College 4 vs Bishop’s High 0

Trinity College East 1 vs Trinity College (Moka) 1

Valencia Secondary 2 vs St Benedict’s College 3