Though still early in the season, Naparima College and Malick Secondary, top of the table clash, is set to be an exciting one although they will face-off at an unfamiliar territory when they meet today in the Premiership Division of the Shell/First Citizens Secondary Schools Football League.
Both teams will travel to Trinity College East grounds in Trincity and square-off from 3.30 pm in round-four action for the top spot in the division.
Malick is currently among three teams within one point of the reigning champion Naparima, which sits on top of the 15-team standings with seven points from three matches from two wins and a draw. The leader enters the fray having most recently defeated St Benedict’s College 3-0 in their midweek clash. This after dropping two points against East Mucurapo (2-2) and a win against St Mary's College (3-0) in their opener.
Opponent Malick has had a dream start and has six points from its first two matches after defeating Speyside (5-0) and Trinity Moka (2-1). Its third-round match against Trinity College East was rescheduled due to a waterlogged field in Trincity.
The other two teams keeping things interesting are Presentation College and Queen’s Royal College (QRC), who both have six points from three matches - two wins and a loss.
The presentation will meet St Benedict’s College, which has three points after three rounds of matches. The currently 10th-place St Benedict's will be looking to add some intrigue if it can upset the third-placed "Pres" at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella.
QRC, with two wins and a loss, will host St Anthony’s College. The "Westmoorings Tigers" has had a steady start including a win and a draw from their two outings so far.
Round four (Start time 3.30 pm)
Trinity College Moka vs Speyside, Moka, Maraval
St Augustine vs Carapichaima East, St Augustine
Queens Royal College vs St Anthony’s College, QRC ground
St Benedict’s College vs Presentation College, Mannie Ramjohn Stadium
Malick vs Naparima, Trinity East ground
San Juan North vs Trinity College East, San Juan
St Mary’s College vs Pleasantville, St Mary's ground
East Mucurapo Secondary - bye
Latest Standings after round three
Pl Team P W D L GF GA GD PTS
1 Naparima College 3 2 1 0 8 2 6 7
2 Malick 2 2 0 0 7 1 6 6
3 Presentation College 3 2 0 1 10 2 8 6
4 Queen’s Royal College 3 2 0 1 7 9 -2 6
5 East Mucurapo 3 1 2 0 7 3 4 5
6 Trinity College East 2 1 1 0 4 3 1 4
7 St Anthony’s College 2 1 1 0 8 2 6 4
8 Carapichaima East 2 1 1 0 3 2 1 4
9 Pleasantville 3 1 0 2 4 6 -2 3
10 St Benedict’s College 3 1 0 2 5 7 -2 3
11 Speyside High 3 1 0 2 3 13 -10 3
12 Trinity College Moka 3 1 0 2 3 9 -6 3
13 St Augustine 3 0 2 1 4 6 -2 2
14 San Juan North 2 0 0 2 1 3 -2 0
15 St Mary’s College 3 0 0 3 2 10 -8 0
Malick get Naps test today.
By Jelani Beckles (Newsday).
THE school with arguably the richest history in Secondary Schools football will battle the defending champions when round four of the 2019 Shell/First Citizens Secondary Schools Football League Premier Division kicks off at 3.30 pm, today.
Third placed Malick Secondary, a school that ruled schools football in the 1990s, will play 2018 champions Naparima College at the Trinity College East Ground in Trincity.
Malick have won both of their matches so far this season - a 5-0 win over Speyside Secondary in round one and a narrow 2-1 victory over Trinity Moka in round two. Malick's round three match against Trinity College East was postponed because of rain, on Wednesday.
Malick are only one point behind Naparima on the standings and will be eager for a win to leapfrog the league leaders on the standings.
Naparima are off to a strong start this season with two wins and one draw including a 3-0 win over St Benedict's College in the last round.
Yesterday, Malick coach Anthony Bartholomew said he wants his players to stay calm for today's match. "I just want them to be comfortable with themselves. I don't want them to have butterflies, I just want them to be comfortable and play to the best of their ability. That is all I want from them," the Malick coach said.
On the team's performance this season Bartholomew said, "I am satisfied with their football due to their age and the inexperience they have, they are not experienced. (It is a) young crew." It has been a high scoring season, but Malick's defence has shown their quality only allowing one goal in two matches.
Malick have produced a number of TT players including national men's football coach Dennis Lawrence, Arnold Dwarika, Brent Sancho, Gary Glasgow, Aurtis Whitley, Devorn Jorsling and Densill Theobald. Some of the former national players have spent time with the current team this season.
Bartholomew said the coaching staff reminds the team of what is needed to reach national level.
"We always try to tell them about the type of players (that attended Malick) and what is required of them to follow suit. (They must) be able to work hard."