St Anthony's captain Jordan Barclay (second from right) collects the North Zone Intercol trophy after Friday's 2-1 win over East Mucurapo. PHOTO BY ROGER JACOB. - ROGER JACOB

Kai Phillip put in the win­ning item for St An­tho­ny's Col­lege to be crowned the Co­ca Co­la Boys' In­ter­col North Zone cham­pi­on in the Sec­ondary Schools Foot­ball League at the Hase­ly Craw­ford Sta­di­um in Mu­cu­rapo on Fri­day.

The fi­nal lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions yes­ter­day be­tween St An­tho­ny's and East Mu­cu­rapo Sec­ondary School but it was the "West­moor­ings Tigers" emerg­ing with a 2-1 vic­to­ry to re­peat as the zon­al In­ter­col cham­pi­on.

Phillip's team­mate Kiron Man­swell net­ted the open­er in the 33rd minute for St An­tho­ny's and the de­fend­ing cham­pi­on held on the 1-0 lead at the halfway mark.

On the re­sump­tion, the lev­el of play re­mained in­tense but nei­ther could find the back of the net un­til Malachi Ce­les­tine hit the tar­get, pro­duc­ing the equalis­er for East Mu­cu­rapo in the 65th, which thrilled its sup­port­ers as he kept his team alive.

How­ev­er, Phillip end­ed their cel­e­bra­tions some 16th min­utes lat­er, beat­ing the East Mu­cu­rapo cus­to­di­an and put his team up, 2-1. The scores re­mained un­changed when time ex­pired, re­sult­ing in the St An­tho­ny's sup­port­ers rac­ing on­to the field to cel­e­brate the vic­to­ry and the ti­tle.


St An­tho­ny's Col­lege 2 (Kiron Man­swell 33rd, Kai Phillip 81st) vs East Mu­cu­rapo 1 (Malachi Ce­les­tine 65th).


St Anthony’s edge Mucurapo in North Intercol final.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).

ST ANTHONY’S are the 2019 Coca Cola Intercol North Zonal champions, after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over East Mucurapo in Friday’s final, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

Kiron Manswell (32nd minute) and Kai Phillip (80th) were the goal-getters for St Anthony’s, with Malachi Celestine (65th) finding the back of the net for East Mucurapo.

St Anthony’s will advance to the National Intercol quarter-final, where they will host Tobago Zonal champs Speyside at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Tuesday.

Manswell broke the deadlock midway in the first half, with a neatly-placed right-footed shot past the outstretched right hand of goalkeeper Jamale Blackman after he was picked out, inside the penalty box, by midfielder Zion Williams.

The slimly-built Williams shrugged off the challenges of Zion McLeod and Cecil Young down the right and squared the ball to Manswell who finished from 10 metres out.

Mucurapo equalised after the hour-mark with a route-one tactic – Blackman’s long punt was met by McLeod who held off his marker Malachi Daniel and fed Celestine who, in turn, rounded goalie Josiah Perez and slotted his left-footed shot into the open net.

However, substitute Phillip had the final say, as he raced on to a pass from Jean-Heim McFee, evaded defender Daniel Lake and sent his right-footed shot to the left of Blackman.

The last of the zonal finals will be contested on Monday, with reigning National and South champions Naparima opposing arch-rivals Presentation San Fernando at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella from 3.15 pm.