Tue, Oct

Mitchell's hat-trick wins it for Five Rivers.

Fiv­er Rivers Sec­ondary School's Maya Mitchell thrilled spec­ta­tors yes­ter­day, hit­ting a hat-trick to seal a dom­i­nant 4-1 win over Va­len­cia Sec­ondary for her team in the East Zone In­ter­Col of the Shell/First Cit­i­zens Sec­ondary School­girls Foot­ball League. This was in the fi­nal played in St Au­gus­tine.

The vic­to­ry saw Five Rivers book a spot in the na­tion­al In­ter­Col quar­ter­fi­nal to face To­ba­go cham­pi­on Sig­nal Hill Sec­ondary on Sun­day from 3 pm at a venue to be an­nounced.

Mitchell net­ted the open­er in the 12th minute, re­turn­ing 14 min­utes lat­er to in­crease her team's lead 2-0, an ad­van­tage Five Rivers took in­to the dress­ing room at the half-time in­ter­val as Va­len­cia had no an­swer for its op­po­nent.

On the re­sump­tion, Mitchell put her name in the score­book again with a goal a minute in­to the re­sump­tion of the sec­ond half.

The Va­len­cia play­ers though did not drop their heads and were able to pull one back thanks to the ef­fort of Cyan Williams, who scored in the 55th minute, to re­duce her team's deficit 1-3.

De­spite lead­ing, Five Rivers' in­ten­si­ty nev­er fad­ed and in the 64th minute, Ja­da Gaskin pro­duced a goal to clinch the win and book her team's spot in the na­tion­al In­ter­Col quar­ter­fi­nal ver­sus Sig­nal Hill, which top­pled Scar­bor­ough, 6-0 on Sun­day.

The win­ner from the quar­ter­fi­nal match-up will meet North cham­pi­on Tran­quil­li­ty Sec­ondary in one half of the na­tion­al semi­fi­nals. Tran­quil­i­ty edged Holy Name Con­vent, 2-1 on the week­end as well.

In the oth­er semi­fi­nal af­fair, South Zone In­ter­Col win­ner Pleas­antville Sec­ondary, al­so the Big Five cham­pi­on, will be chal­lenged by Cara­pichaima East, which de­feat­ed Mir­a­cle Min­istries, 5-1, on Mon­day evening in the Cen­tral Zone fi­nal played at the Cou­va East ground.