It's the kind of climax all league and tournament organisations wish for, having their final day of play grab all the attention and headlines available.
Today, the players from division leaders Presentation College and title challengers Naparima College, both of San Fernando, together with San Juan North Secondary and St Mary's College, Port-of-Spain, will show what they are made of when the final round of matches in the Premiership Division of the Shell/First Citizens Secondary School's Football League (SSFL) kicks off at various venues across the country. All matches start at 3:40 pm
Today, three points and as many goals as possible will determine which team celebrate and which will be left to ruin what could have been.
This round of match was postponed from October 20 because of persistent rains which caused severe flooding in the eastern and central parts of T&T. The rain also affected the SSFL round 12 match programme.
Presentation College will visit San Juan with 32 points and will need nothing less than a victory at a venue where the host has lost just once this season, an exciting 3-2 battle with Naparima College two weeks ago. For San Juan (29 points) to have any chance of lifting the title, it must win by at least six clear goals because of the team's inferior goal difference to that of their visitors. San Juan will need help from Trinity College Moka to deny Naparima three points.
Last Saturday, St Mary's which is facing demotion got a much need boost after surprisingly drubbing Trinity in Maraval 5-1.
With 31 points, Naparima's coach Angus Eve is focused for the Trinity Moka clash in Maraval. Eve said Naparima can only do what the team need to do and that is win its last match and wait for the outcome of Presentation and San Juan encounter.
For Trinity Moka, its objective will be to end the season on a winning note at home in an effort to blank out QRC's October 10 4-1 win and St Mary's 5-1 defeat.
So expect coach Shawn Cooper and Presentation College to do all they can to repeat as champion just as the school did last year away from home at Fatima Grounds in Mucurapo. The team's defensive backline is expected to be back at full strength with the return of instrumental defender Justin Cornwall after an automatic one-match suspension and backed up by Jaiye Shepperd, Jordan Riley, the team's prolific goal scorer and Jardel St Clair.
Cooper said, "Both teams over the years have played close games and this one is no different. They (San Juan) have key players who can win a game and a very good coaching staff with lots of experience. Our preparation went ok, as a result, we haven't yet decided on our starting team. We will be trying to put all the pieces together, it will be a tough task."
Meanwhile, St Mary’s College (CIC) need just one point to stay up the Division against Trinity East following its impressive 5-1 drubbing of Trinity College Moka on Saturday and then the team followed that up on Monday, by clobbering St Augustine Secondary 4-0 in St Augustine to ensure that its final match at home at Serpentine Road, St Clair will bring the school victory and secure its place in the 2019 competition.
Today's Match-ups (Kick off 3:40 pm)
Bishop's hosts St Benedict's in Tobago
East Mucurapo host St Anthony's at Fatima Grounds
San Juan hosts Presentation College, at San Juan
St Mary's hosts Trinity East at St Clair
Trinity Moka hosts Naparima at Moka
Valencia hosts Fatima at Valencia
SOURCE: T&T Guardian