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Carapichaima East Secondary's Josiah King (R) and Naparima College's Isa Bramble vie for the ball during the Secondary Schools Football League match,at Lewis Street,San Fernando,yesterday. Photo by Marvin Hamilton - Marvin Hamilton
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Na­pari­ma Col­lege main­tained its po­si­tion at the top of the 15-team stand­ings in the Pre­mier Di­vi­sion of the Sec­ondary Schools Foot­ball League af­ter thrash­ing pre­vi­ous­ly un­beat­en Cara­pichaima Sec­ondary at the team's Lewis Street, San Fer­nan­do Grounds 5-0 on Wednes­day.

And in the process, the south­ern­ers have now made them­selves the on­ly un­beat­en team in the league. How co­in­ci­den­tal the An­gus Eve-coached team is the ones to bring the un­beat­en streaks to St An­tho­ny's Col­lege and Caps, the two last of the three un­beat­en teams, to an end.

Na­pari­ma got a hat-trick from its mul­ti-tal­ent­ed mid­field­er Isa Bram­ble in the 30th, 36th and 52nd min­utes while an­oth­er from Mo­lik Khan, the school's na­tion­al un­der-15 play­er, and an own-goal in the 8th minute, com­plet­ed the host vic­to­ry in front of its home crowd.

Eve's men will now face arch-ri­vals Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege in their next match next Wednes­day as the school will be on a bye for Sat­ur­day's round of match­es.

At San Juan North Ground, how­ev­er, the home team spurred on by its fans fired four goals past Mal­ick Sec­ondary in a 4-2 vic­to­ry. But the win on­ly en­sured they main­tained the sev­enth spot on the ta­ble.

San Juan with 11 points af­ter nine match­es wast­ed lit­tle time in set­tling in the match and the re­ward was al­most im­me­di­ate. Goal­keep­er Jay­don Tay­lor mis­judged the flight of Ka­reem John's well-float­ed cross from a right-side cor­ner, and Ma­lik Far­ri­er head­ed it past him for the open­ing goal in the 13th minute.

San Juan's dom­i­nance in the ear­ly mo­ments led them to a two-goal cush­ion. This time Ka­reem John found him­self at the end of a neat build-up on the right side, and his thun­der­ous right-foot­ed dri­ve was de­flect­ed in­to the path of Chase.

The lat­ter's at­tempt at goal was then han­dled in the box by Haile Far­rell in the 30th minute, forc­ing ref­er­ee Ce­ci­ly As­soon to point to the penal­ty spot. Chase then calm­ly slot­ted the ball past Tay­lor in the Mal­ick goal.

Soon be­fore the half-time in­ter­val Tay­lor picked up an in­jury and was re­placed by in­ex­pe­ri­enced Tris­tan Perez.

Af­ter the break, Mal­ick pulled a goal back from Zion Car­pette from the penal­ty spot in the 49th minute. How­ev­er, Daniel Best re­stored his team's two-goal ad­van­tage in the 64th, when he gal­loped through an open Mal­ick de­fence from Chase's feed, and calm­ly slot­ted the ball past an on­rush­ing Perez to the bot­tom right cor­ner.

San Juan's in­flu­en­tial strik­er Re­nal­do Boyce then pushed his team's tal­ly to four goals, when John out­sprint­ed his mark­er down the right flank and cen­tred for Boyce to turned nice­ly on his mark­er, be­fore fir­ing his ef­fort in­to the roof of the goal for a 4-1 lead in the 73rd minute.

But as the match ap­proached the end of reg­u­la­tion time, Ma­made Guer­ra raced on to a lift­ed pass by Nick­ell Alexan­der in the 83rd and ri­fled it past the goalie to re­duce the score to 4-2.

At St Au­gus­tine, the home team ham­mered Spey­side 7-2 cour­tesy dou­ble strikes from Kyle Car­ring­ton and Tyrese Spencer. Spey­side coach Ker­ry Lynch said his play­ers were ex­haust­ed from hav­ing to play three games in five days.

WEDNES­DAY'S RE­SULTS

Naps 5 (own goal, Isa Bram­ble 3, Mo­lik Khan) vs Caps 0

St Au­gus­tine- 7 (Dwight Jor­dan 23rd, Kyle Car­ring­ton 33rd & 50th, Tyrese Spencer 56th, 86th Joshua Am­brose 61st) vs Spey­side- 2 (Je­lani James 45th, Adriel George 84th)

Trin­i­ty East 1 (Isa­iah Williams) vs East Mu­cu­rapo 0

St An­tho­ny's 1 (Jean-Heim McFee) vs Pleas­antville 0

San Juan 4 (Ma­lik Far­ri­er, Isa­iah Chase, Daniel Best, Re­nal­do Boyce) vs Mal­ick 2 (Zion Car­pette, Ma­made Guer­ra)

Trin­i­ty Mo­ka 0 vs St Bene­dict's 4 (Tyrik Lee 2, Jay­don Grant, Kanye Fran­cis)

Lat­est Team Stand­ings

Teams*P*W*D*L*F*A*GD*PTS
1*Na­pari­ma*11*9*2*0*30*10*20*29
2*St An­tho­ny’s*10*7*2*1*32*10*22*23
3*Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege*9*7*1*1*25*6*19*22
4*Cara­pichaima Sec*10*5*4*1*16*14*2*19
5*East Mu­cu­rapo*10*5*3*2*18*9*9*18
6*QRC*9*5*1*3*18*20*-2*16
7*San Juan North*10*4*2*4*23*9*14*14
8*St Au­gus­tine*10*3*4*3*25*18*7*13
9*Trin­i­ty East*9*3*2*4*14*18*-4*11
10*Pleas­antville Sec*10*3*1*6*12*15*-3*10
11*Mal­ick Sec*11*3*1*7*17*23*-6*10
12*St Bene­dict’s*10*3*1*6*12*19*-7*10
13*Spey­side Sec*10*2*2*6*13*31*-18*8
14*Trin­i­ty Mo­ka*10*1*1*8*11*35*-24*4
15*St Mary’s*10*1*1*8*5*34*-29*4

Upcoming Fixtures

(Saturday 19 October)
[All games kick off at 3.30pm]

Pleasantville Secondary v Speyside Secondary at Pleasantville;

St Mary’s College v Carapichaima East at Serpentine Road;

Trinity Moka v East Mucurapo at Moka;

St Benedict’s College v QRC at Lewis Street;

Malick Secondary v St Anthony’s College at TBD;

San Juan North v St Augustine Secondary at Bourg Mulatresse;

Presentation (San F’do) v Trinity East at Mannie Ramjohn;

Naparima College are on a bye

RELATED NEWS

Naps widen lead in Premier Division.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


Shell/First Citizens SSFL Premier Division

NAPARIMA widened the lead in the Premier Division of the Shell/First Citizens Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) yesterday.

The defending champions inflicted a 5-0 beating on fourth-placed Carapichaima East at Lewis Street, San Fernando, as they stretched their advantage over second-placed St Anthony’s to six points.

St Anthony’s, dubbed the "Westmoorings Tigers", whipped Pleasantville 2-0 at the St Anthony’s Ground, Westmoorings.

Speyside hammered fellow mid-table outfit St Augustine 7-2 at St Augustine. St Benedict’s spanked Trinity Moka 4-0 at Maraval; and Trinity East defeated East Mucurapo 1-0 at Trincity.

San Juan North were also in winners’ row, as they beat Malick 4-2 at Bourg Mulatresse.

Malik Ferrier opened the scoring for San Juan North in the 13th minute, heading a corner through the hands of Malick goalkeeper Tristan Perez.

Isaiah Chase doubled the lead in the 30th from the penalty spot after referee Cecile Hinds adjudged a hand-ball infringement by defender Haile Farrell.

Another penalty, from Zion Carpette, reduced the deficit to 2-1 in the 49th minute, but Daniel Best restored the two-goal lead for San Juan North in the 64th, with a side-footed shot past Perez after a wonderful piece of skill by his captain Ronaldo Boyce.

Boyce netted San Juan North’s fourth in the 80th, with a powerful right-footed shot past Perez.

However, Malick got their second goal in the 84th, from Mamade Guerra, who raced on to a through-ball from Nickell Alexander and finished past San Juan North goalie Emmanuel John.

On Monday, Speyside defeated QRC 4-3 in a rescheduled encounter.

League action will continue on Saturday.

SSFL Premier Division Results
(Wednesday 16 October)

St Augustine Secondary 7 (Dwight Jordan 23, Kyle Carrington 33, 50, 90, Tyrese Spicer 55, 86, Joshua Ambrose 61), Speyside Secondary 2 (Jelanie James 45+1 pen, Adriel George 84) at St Augustine;

Naparima College 5 (Jaron Pascal OG, Isa Bramble [3], Molik Khan), Carapichaima East 0 at Lewis Street;

Trinity East 1 (Isaiah Williams), East Mucurapo 0 at Trincity;

San Juan North 4 (Malik Ferrier, Isaiah Chase pen, Renaldo Boyce, Daniel Best), Malick Secondary 2 (Mamade Guerra, Zion Carpette pen) at Bourg Mulatresse;

Trinity Moka 0, St Benedict’s College 4 (Tarik Lee 4, 54, Jadon Grant 77, Kanye Francis 81) at Moka;

St Anthony’s College 2, Pleasantville Secondary 0 at Westmoorings;

Presentation (San F’do) v QRC at Mannie Ramjohn—Did Not Play

St Mary’s College are on a bye