It was a day full of drama for three teams on Saturday, among them reigning champions Naparima College who dropped two vital points against Pleasantville Secondary as action in the Premiership Division of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) continued at various venues across the country.
Meanwhile, the Tigers of St Anthony’s College made the loudest roar when they hammered Trinity College Moka 5-1 in Maraval to keep the pressure on the title favourites Naparima and move up to second place on 13 points, one shy of Naps and two ahead Presentation College (San Fernando), who were on a bye. The top four teams are separated by three points.
AT MOKA, MARAVAL: Kai Phillip helped himself to a beaver-trick after he opened the scoring for the visitors in the fourth minute and team-mate Kaihim Thomas made it 2-0 at halftime. Phillip then returned to score three times in the second half to hand hosts Trinity their fourth loss in six matches.
AT QRC GROUNDS, ST CLAIR: San Juan Secondary continued their march up the 15-team standing behind a second-half hat-trick from captain Ronaldo Boyce after Daniel Best gave them a 1-0 lead which they took into the dressing room at the interval.
AT MANNIE RAMJOHN, MARABELLA: Naps took the lead in the tenth minute through an own-goal for a first-half lead.
Seven minutes after the resumption, that lead was extended to 2-0 through a Jabari Lee goal.
However, Pleasantville were awarded a penalty for a handball in 70th-minute and Dillon Yearwood reduced the deficit and six minutes later Miguel Cedeno latched on to a loose ball from a cross and unleashed a shot from about 12-metres out and the scores were levelled. The teams battled hard and aggressively in search of the go-ahead goal but it never came and the points were shared.
AT CARAPICHAMIA: The hosts jumped out to a 1-0 lead via an own-goal from the visitors in the eighth-minute, but Malick evened the scores thanks to Jadell Agilleira. However, in the 88th minute Keilon Burnett converted a penalty for a handball and the hosts held on to secure all three points.
AT TRINCITY: Speyside were perhaps the biggest winners on the day after they took the fight to the home team in an exciting match which saw several easy scoring opportunities wasted. After Trinity had nothing to show for five first-half corners and three clear misses on goal, Speyside took the lead in time added on in the first half through Nicholas Sanchez. In the 59th-minute, Roberto Johnson’s header made it 2-0 for the Tobagonions.
Trinity East salvaged a little pride with a consolation item from Jemaul Assing in the dying stages.
SPEYSIDE 2 (Roberto Johnson, Nicholas Sanchez) v TRINITY EAST 1 (Jemaul Assing)
CARAPICHAIMA 2 (Own-goal, Keilon Burnett) v MALICK 1 (Jadell Agilleira)
PLEASANTVILLE 2 (Dillon Yearwood, Miguel Cedeno) v NAPARIMA 2 (OG, Jabari Lee)
SAN JUAN 4 (Ronaldo Boyce 3, Daniel Best) v QRC 0
ST ANTHONY’S 5 (Kai Phillip 4, Kaihim Thomas 1) v TRINITY MOKA 1 (Jardel Mitchell)
CIC 1 (Abdul-Quddoos Hypolite pen) v ST AUGUSTINE 1 (Kiel Lopez)
EAST MUCURAPO 2 (Daniel David, Aaron Roberts) v ST BENEDICT’S 0
Teams P W L D GF GA GD PTS
1. Naparima College 6 4 0 2 15 7 +8 14
2. St. Anthony’s College 5 4 0 1 18 4 +14 13
3. Presentation College 5 4 1 0 17 2 +15 12
4. Carapichaima East Secondary 5 3 0 2 8 5 +3 11
5. East Mucurapo Secondary 5 2 1 2 11 6 +5 8
6. San Juan North Secondary 5 2 2 1 11 4 +7 *7
7. Pleasantville Secondary 6 2 3 1 8 9 -1 7
8. Speyside High School 5 2 2 1 7 16 -9 7
9. Malick Secondary 5 2 3 0 10 7 +3 6
10. Queen’s Royal College 5 2 3 0 8 15 -7 6
11. Trinity College East 5 1 2 2 6 9 -3 5
12. St. Augustine Secondary 6 0 2 4 9 12 -3 4
13. St. Mary’s College 6 1 4 1 5 14 -9 4
14. Trinity College, Moka 6 1 4 1 6 21 -15 4
15. St. Benedict’s College 5 1 4 0 5 13 -8 3
Pleasantville draw 2-2 vs Naps.
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (Newsday).
Tigers spank Trinity Moka 5-1 as…
TWO goals in six minutes from Pleasantville’s Dillion Yearwood (70’) and Miguel Cedeno (76’) salvaged a nail-biting 2-2 result against the defending champions, Naparima College, yesterday, when action continued at on Match Day Six, of the 2019 Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL), at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella.
Following an unexpected own goal in the tenth minute courtesy Pleasantville’s Cameron Orosco, “Naps” went further ahead in the 55th minute from striker Jabari Lee. Pleasantville though, continued their pursuit and were duly rewarded for their efforts in the 70th minute as Yearwood found the back of the net from the penalty spot. Six minutes later, Cedeno’s strike sent the home fans in a frenzy as Pleasantville delivered a much-needed comeback.
Naparima however, remain atop the standings on 14 points. Meanwhile, at Moka, St Anthony’s Tigers roared to a dominant 5-1 victory over Trinity College courtesy a beaver-trick from striker Kai Phillip and Kahim Thomas’ on-target strike. Yesterday’s win for the Tigers propelled them into second position on the standings with 13 points. In other matches, a mesmerising second half hat-trick from San Juan North’s Ronaldo Boyce partnered with Daniel Best’s goal in the opening period saw Queen’s Royal College fall victim to a 4-0 drubbing.
EAST MUCURAPO 2 (Daniel David, Aaron Roberts) def. ST. BENEDICT’S 0
SPEYSIDE HIGH 2 (Nicholas Sanchez, Adriel George) def. TRINITY EAST 1 (Gemaul Asingh)
ST MARY’S 1 vs ST. AUGUSTINE 1
CARAPICHAIMA 2 DEF. MALICK 1
PRESENTATIONS SAN F’DO (BYE)