San Juan North Secondary was crowned east zone champion of the Coca Cola InterCol on Wednesday when it defeated Trinity College East 5-4 from the penalty spot at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, Arima.
The boys from Bourg Mulatresse shook off their disappointment in the Premier Division to fire five perfectly struck penalties past the Trinity custodian in the final after the match remained tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time.
But they had to come from behind after defender Elijah Garcia handed Trinity striker Tyrique Sutherland the ball unmarked in the 62nd minute in the area. Sutherland's powerful low drive took a deflection off another defender Kyle Thomas before beating Emmanuel John in the San Juan goal.
San Juan, despite their dominance thereafter, had to wait until late in the match to get the equaliser, which came off the boot of Christian Mitchell.
In the kicks that followed, San Juan was perfect with efforts from Renaldo Boyce, Isaiah Chase, Kareem John, Malik Farrier and Jerry Morris all going in, to spark wild celebrations.
Moe said afterwards he was particularly pleased with his players for winning, not once but three titles in consecutive years.
"I had to make a number of changes in the match, particularly when the goal was scored on us. I changed our format from 4:4:2 to 3:5:1 in an effort to get back the goal and when we did, we changed back to 4:4:2 and it worked for us," Moe said.
The win sends San Juan North straight to the semi-finals of the National InterCol where it will face the winner of the Tobago zone, to be contested today between Speyside High and Signal Hill at Mt Pleasant Recreation Ground from 3.30 pm.
Moe said regardless of which team they will face in the semifinals, he is confident his boys will come out on the winning side.
SOURCE: T&T Guardian