St Anthony’s College got goals from four different players as they cruised through their Secondary Schools Football League national Coca Cola Intercol quarterfinal against Speyside High 4-0 on Tuesday.
The North Zone champions blanked their Tobago counterparts at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo and advanced to meet South Zone champions Presentation College (San Fernando) in the semifinals.
They will meet in the second match of a double-header at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on Friday at 5 pm, following the clash between Carapichaima East (Central) versus San Juan North (East) from 3 pm.
The “Westmoorings Tigers” had three players score first-half goals in the thumping win over Speyside.
Kiron Manswell opened the scoring with a goal as early as the third minute. Jean-Heim McFee then put the Ronald Daniel-coached St Anthony’s College further ahead with a 30th-minute item.
Four minutes later, Kahim Thomas (34th) impressively sank a long-range free-kick from the right of the goal to the left of the Speyside custodian Deshawn Robley.
The visiting side had a number of chances but just did not seem to have their scoring boots on as most of those attempts were either sent overbar or wide of the goal.
St Anthony’s led 3-0 at halftime but could only produce one more in the second half and it came off the boot of Kai Phillip, who came in as a substitute for Manswell in the 58th minute. He netted the final item in the 79th.
Results - Quarterfinal
ST ANTHONY’S COLLEGE 4 (Kiron Manswell 3rd, Jean-Heim McFee 30th, Kahim Thomas 34th, Kai Phillip 79th) v SPEYSIDE HIGH 0
At Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva
Carapichaima East (Central) v San Juan North (East), 3 pm
Presentation - San Fernando (South) v St Anthony’s (North), 5 pm
Tigers stroll into National Intercol semis.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).
ST ANTHONY’S, commonly known as the “Westmoorings Tigers”, strolled into the semi-final round of the Coca Cola National Intercol with a comfortable 4-0 win over Speyside in their quarter-final fixture on Tuesday.
Kiron Manswell, Jean-Heim McFee, Kaihim Thomas and Kai Phillip got their names on the scoresheet for the Tigers, who dominated the contest from the first whistle to the last.
A sparse crowd, estimated at 200 persons, turned up at the venue to watch a match which was played on a soggy outfield.
However, on the field, only one team turned up to play, as Speyside – with the exception of striker Adriel George – were lacking, in all areas.
Manswell opened the scoring in the second minute, with a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Kadeem Joseph, after a blistering run down the left flank from Thomas.
In a rare attempt at goal, Speyside’s DeLeon Beckles had a shot from 30 metres, which flew inches overbar.
St Anthony’s bombarded the Speyside goal with constant attacks but were wasteful on a number of occasions.
Defender Jordan Barclay met a corner from Omari Wiltshire but sent his header wide; Thomas raced on to met a ball from winger Zion Williams but failed to hit the target, while Williams raced past defenders Jonathan Thomas and Dionys Carrington but smashed his right-footer against the post, with Joseph beaten.
Midfielder McFee decided to take matters in his own hands, as he created space in the middle and fired a long-range right-footed shot beyond the reach of Joseph in the 30th minute.
Thomas extended his team’s lead four minutes later, with a freekick from the right flank which sailed through the hands of a bemused Joseph.
The Tigers took things easy in the second half, as they maintained ball-possession, with little trouble from their opponents.
A Barclay header forced a good save from Joseph in the 51st minute, following a corner from Wiltshire, and McFee was at the receiving end from Thomas’ right-sided cross, but his header was denied from Joseph.
George had the closest opportunity to pull one back for the visitors, as he forced goalie Josiah Perez to tip a shot overbar.
A minute later (78th), Phillip completed the scoring with a powerfully-struck right-footer, which flew past Joseph.
On Friday, St Anthony’s will meet Presentation San Fernando in the second match of a semi-final double-header at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.
Carapichaima East and San Juan North will face off in the earlier semi-final, with the final carded for December 4 at the Ato Boldon Stadium.