Trinity College Moka waited a long time to be back in the final of the Coca-Cola North Zone InterCol, and having reached the championship game against St Anthony’s College in 2016, they made the appearance count.
The “Moka Warriors” tamed the ‘Westmoorings Tigers’ with a nail-biting 5-4 penalty shoot-out win at Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, yesterday after holding the 2015 champions to a 1-1 score line after 90 minutes.
Isaiah McClean shocked the Tigers in the 15th minute to put the Moka side ahead, after a counter-attacking run saw the Trinity number 10 collect the ball in the box before shifting it onto his right foot and burying his shot past the St Anthony’s custodian.
The Tigers came roaring back and created numerous opportunities to score; but a solid Trinity back line defended in numbers and were helped by a bit of luck and a great exhibition of goal-keeping skill from Desean Bowen, who at one stage seemed to be getting more of the ball than his teammates.
He kept out a few shots from Che Benny and a close range header from Kathon St Hillaire as the Tigers unleashed an all-out assault on the Trinity goal in the second half, before finally getting the equaliser through a free-kick from close to the half-line mark from Jules Lee in the 78th.
The Trinity keeper was subsequently replaced by Calib Moore with a view towards a showdown from the penalty spot.