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Fyzabad Secondary clinched the BGTT/First Citizens Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Girls Big-4 League title in dramatic style yesterday, defeating St Augustine 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 deadlock after full time at Ato Boldon Stadium, Balmain, Couva.

The teams were locked 1-1 after 80 minutes following late strikes by both teams. Laurel Theodore put St Augustine ahead in the 75th minute before Kadeen Louison equalised three minutes from time to keep the South team in contention.

There was no extra time and the teams went straight into a shootout, with Fyzabad holding their nerve to come away with the victory.

St Augustine won the Big Four title in the previous two seasons and were going for a hat-trick of titles in the competition.

It was a well deserved win for the South Zone team after coming close in previous seasons. However, their coach, calypsonian Bryan London was always confident they could win a national title this year saying it was in the making for a long time.

“Last year we were in rebuilding mode. Seeing the players and having them early in the season and knowing the work they put in, I told them that this year we had a good chance at the national double,” London said.

“We started off in April with a lot of gym work and other things so when I saw the kind of work they were doing, I knew we had what it took to win a national title. We went down late in the second half and the players showed great character to come back and take the game to penalties,” he added.

Fyzabad manager Nigel Lakhan was also proud of the team’s performance and said it was a great achievement not only for the school but for the community of Fyzabad and football fans in the South area.

Lakhan also noted that former Trinidad and Tobago footballer Anthony Rougier signed on as technical director at the school in an effort to give back to his former school. Lakhan said the girls are now focussed on completing the double with their InterCol campaign starting tomorrow.

In other matches yesterday, San Juan North Secondary romped past Barataria South 9-0 in the Boys East Zone InterCol quarter-final played in St Augustine. San Juan’s goals were spread out with Rhondel Gibson, Brandon Semper and Joshua Leach scoring two each while Brent Sam, Lukman Brooks and Jermelle Britto scored one each.

The Boys Tobago Zone InterCol quarter-final double-header at Mount Pleasant yesterday had to be postponed due to rain. Scarborough will now face Mason Hall on Monday while Pentecostal Light and Life B tackle Bishop’s.

The Boys InterCol quarter-finals continue today with action in the North, East and South Zones.

Yesterday’s SSFL Scores Girls Big-4 League Final

Fyzabad 1 (Kadeen Louison 77th) vs St Augustine 1 (Laurel Theodore 75th)
—Fyzabad won 4-2 on penalty kicks

Boys East Zone InterCol Quarter-final

San Juan North 9 (Brent Sam 1, Rhondel Gibson 2, Brandon Semper 2, Joshua Leach 2, Lukman Brooks 1, Jermelle Britto 1) vs Barataria South 0

Today’s Boys InterCol Quarter-final Fixtures

East Zone

Five Rivers vs Arima, Bourg Mulatresse, 3.30 p.m.

South Zone

Pleasantville vs Point Fortin East, Pleasantville, 3.30 p.m.

Shiva Boys vs Fyzabad, Manny Ramjohn Stadium, 1.45 p.m.

Naparima vs Princes Town West, Manny Ramjohn Stadium, 3.45 p.m.

North Zone

Trinity Moka vs Fatima, St Anthony’s Ground, 3.30 p.m.

St Anthony’s vs Malick, Fatima Ground, 3.30 p.m.