INSPIRED by a hattrick from national Under-17 striker, Nkosi Blackman, St Benedict's stopped Moruga 4-1 yesterday in their opening match in the South Zone of the Secondary Schools Football League on their home ground at La Romaine.
Secondary Schools - Boys
SUCCESS/LAVENTILLE, making their debut yesterday to top flight soccer in the North Zone of the BWIA Secondary Schools Football League, began their campaign on a winning note by shutting out Tranquillity 3-1 at Queen's Park Oval, Port-of-Spain.
THEY served the main course first as St Mary's College edged out St Anthony's College, last year's North Zone champions, 3-2 in an entertaining match at CIC Ground, Serpentine Road, St Clair, before a large and enthusiastic crowd yesterday. The encounter was first match in the Zone of the BWIA Secondary Schools Football League.
IT ain't over till the fat lady sings. Queen's Royal College, at home, dominated most of their match against Trinity College, leading 3-1 in the second half, only to see Trinity get back well into injury time to draw in virtually the last kick.
Naparima College 1999 placing: Champions
LAST year Naparima took it all. They placed first in the South Zone and also won the national Big 4 title and the Intercol trophy.
ANTON JOSEPH would have been cross with himself yesterday. The Mucurapo Senior Comprehensive midfielder struck his effort from the penalty spot against the crossbar in the 34th minute. And then he saw Malick’s Sean Jack score the only goal of the contest to give his team a 1-0 win at Fatima Grounds.
ST ANTHONY'S College, defending champions of the BWIA Secondary Schools Colleges Football League, open their 2000 campaign with a match against one of the most experienced teams in the league.
DEFENDING South Zone champions Naparima scored in injury time to defeat arch-rivals Princes Town 1-0 at Skinner Park, San Fernando yesterday.
El Dorado Snr Comprehensive
El Dorado Senior Comprehensive’s footballers will this year be bidding to prove that a different cast doesn’t necessarily mean a different script.
Easy winners last season, ElDo will be forced to do without some key players. The creativity of Kwame Wiltshire, the craftiness of Abede Fernandes, the strength of Kirth Hutchings and the sturdiness of Devin Jordan and Michael Julius in defence will all be missing from coach Trevor Spicer’s line-up for the 2000 campaign. But Spicer still has the services of Junior Pamponette, Kevin James, Sterlin O’Brien and Jaboree Lamsie to try to mould a title-winning team once more. Despite the major loss of experience and skill, a confident manager John Henry expects that the new players will combine with the returning seniors to write the same “Blue Thunder” screenplay.
They would still be quite content if it is not as elaborate as last season’s.