Debe High School started their triple crown title defence in fine style after they eased past Holy Faith Convent, Penal 2-0 in their opening fixture of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) at the David Williams Recreation Ground, Penal on Thursday.

Both teams struggled to assert themselves in the first-half and looked a bit out of form. However, in the 60th minute, midfielder Amanda Theodore broke the deadlock and netted for Debe High.

Five minutes later, forward Kayla Taylor sent a reminder to all competing schools that she was back in action, and slotted in the final goal.

Manager of Debe High, Clive Auguste was pleased with the victory and applauded the manner in which the team responded in the second-half after a poor start.

“Well in the first half we didn’t look so good because we went in playing their (opposition) game...hit and run.

But at the half-time break, the coach (Arnold Murphy) told the girls to play a more passing game, which proved to be a success. They (Debe) began to knock the ball around together and it worked,” explained Auguste.

He commended new goalkeeper, Kazzi Grant for her performance on debut despite the fact she was hardly tested.

“I can understand if Kazzi was a bit anxious in the goal. This is her first match for the Debe team and everyone feels that way in their opening game.

The few times that she was tested, she held on well and I’m sure she will fit right in as the 2011/ 2012 season moves along.

Patrice also gave a good performance and I think she dominated most of the midfield and defence throughout the entire game,” Auguste declared.

He acknowledged the good competition and fighting spirit that was shown by the Holy Faith Convent players and stated that it was a step in the right direction for girls football in Southern Trinidad.

“The opposing team showed a lot of heart and determination. Last year, we would have gotten past them easily but they (Holy Faith Convent) showed that they have done some work in the defence.

I think South football, especially for girls is coming along nicely. For the Debe team, we just want everyone to come out to practice and so that we can adapt and work with our new players. As the season wears on, we expect things to improve,” concluded Auguste.