Naparima College is the new leader of the Premier Division in the Shell/First Citizens Secondary Schools Football League after edging San Juan North, 1-0, when the teams met at Lewis Street in San Fernando, yesterday evening.
Judah St Louis netted the winner, a penalty in the second minute, to move his team to the top of the 16-team standings with 26 points from 11 matches, earning eight wins, two draws and suffering one loss.
“Naps” move to the head was part due to previous leader Presentation College falling to a 3-0 loss to defending champion Shiva Boys Hindu College at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Mareballa. After a goalless first half, Simeon De Bourgh got Shiva’s first item in the 55th minute. Some 20 minutes later, Yohannes Richardson put in his team’s second goal in 75th before Junior Asson sealed the victory in the 93rd.
Presentation slipped to second place with 25 points from 10 matches, followed by St Anthony’s College with 24, Shiva Boys and San Juan remain in fourth and fifth places with 23 and 18 points, respectively.
Queen’s Royal College (QRC) was the only other team that made some movement upwards on the table, jumping from the cellar spot to 14th place after comfortably beating St Benedicts, 4-1 thanks to a double from Miguel Williams.
He scored QRC’s opening goal in the 18th and later added another in the 54th. Joining him on the scoresheet were Kalev Kiel (20th) and John-Paul Rochford (76th).
In other matches, St Anthony’s College made full use of its home field advantage, grabbing a narrow 3-2 win over Trinity East at Morne Coco Road, Westmoorings; St Mary’s was held to a 3-3 draw by Trinity Moka at Serpentine Road in St Clair; host Carapichaima East defeated Fyzabad, 2-1; and Fatima edged home team St Augustine at Warren Street.
Over in Tobago, Signal Hill and Speyside could not be separated as they had to settle for a 2-2 draw.
Signal Hill 2 (Akiel Holford, Jabarry Francis) vs Speyside 2 (Stephon Antoine Kerry Macdonald).
St Anthony’s 3 (Nkosi Salandy 16th, Che Benny 20, Haile Beckles 57th) vs Trinity East 2 (Kishon Hacksaw 13th, Kendell Sween 71st).
Carapichaima East 2 vs Fyzabad 1 (Nicholas Blake 42nd)
St Augustine 0 vs Fatima 1 (Jean-hein McSee 68th).
Presentation 0 vs Shiva Boys 3 (Simeon Debourgh 55th, Yohannes Richardson 75th, Junior Asson 93rd).
St Benedict’s 1 vs QRC 4 (Miguel Williams 18th, 54th, Kalev Kiel 20th, Jean-Paul Rochford 76th).
St Mary’s 3 (Terran Winner 14th, own goal 54th, Trey La Motte 74th penalty) vs Trinity Moka 3 (Saleem Henry, Abdul Lezama, Keshaun St Rose).
Naparima 1 (Judah St Louis 2nd penalty) vs San Juan North 0.
Latest Premier Division standings
Teams P W D L F A Pts
1. Naparima 11 8 2 1 23 11 26
2. Presentation 11 8 1 2 25 13 25
3. St Anthony’s 11 8 3 1 36 17 24
4. Shiva Boys 11 7 2 2 28 13 23
5. San Juan North 11 4 6 1 23 10 18
6. St Augustine 10 5 1 4 23 18 16
7. St Mary’s 10 4 3 3 25 20 15
8. Trinity East 10 4 3 3 18 13 15
9. Fatima 10 5 0 5 9 13 15
10. Carapichaima East 11 4 2 5 17 19 14
11. Fyzabad 10 3 1 6 11 18 10
12. St Benedict’s 11 2 3 6 15 23 9
13. Signal Hill 11 2 3 6 9 17 9
14. QRC 11 2 2 7 15 25 8
15. Trinity Moka 10 2 1 10 12 27 7
16. Speyside 11 2 1 8 7 35 7
Shiva Boys knock ‘Pres’ from summit.
By Nickolai Madray (Newsday).
Presentation College San Fernando are no longer the leaders of the Secondary Schools Football League Premier Division after falling to a 3-0 defeat to the hands of defending champions Shiva Boys Hindu College at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, yesterday.
The result paved a way for Naparima College to take the top spot when they recorded a crucial 1-0 home win over the previously unbeaten San Juan North Secondary.
In the top of the table clash between the current leaders and former leaders, the match started off tense as both teams tried not to make any errors and battled for the possession to control the game.
After a quiet first half which ended 0-0, Shiva Boys came out the dressing room with more urgency and they applied the pressure as they looked sharper on the ball.
The first breakthrough came in the 55th minute when Shiva’s Simmeon Debourgh latched on to a loose ball in the 18 yard and sent a powerful shot past Presentation’s goalkeeper. Yohanese Richardson then doubled Shiva Boys’ lead after brilliantly placing his free-kick into the back of the net in the 75th minute. Junior Asson added the third and final blow in the 93rd minute when he rounded Presentation’s last defender then lobbed the custodian to secure the victory. Presentation are now second on the table with 25 points while Shiva are fourth on 23 points after 11 games.
Naparima College made a quick start to their game and went ahead through Juda St Louis who slotted home a penalty kick in the second minute of the game.
San Juan North had visited the southerners as the only team undefeated thus far in the tournament, however, they left with nothing as Naps held on to the lead and claimed all three points. Naps now lead the standings with 26 points after 11 games while San Juan North remain in fifth with 18 points. Trinity East traveled to St Anthony’s where they lost 3-2 as the “Westmoorings Tigers” held on to third position with 24 points.
Elsewhere, Queens Royal College (QRC) demolished St Benedict’s College 4-1 in Debe while Fatima edged St Augustine Secondary 1-0 in St Augustine. Carapichaima East entertained Fyzabad where they defeated the visitors 2-1 at home. St Mary’s College (CIC) were held to a 3-3 draw by Trinity Moka in St Clair, while Signal Hill and Speyside also rallied to a 2-2 draw in their Tobagonian encounter.
Presentation San’do vs Shiva Boys 0-3
Naparima vs San Juan North 1-0
Signal Hill Secondary vs Speyside High 2-2
St. Anthony’s College vs Trinity East 3-2
Carapichaima East vs Fyzabad Secondary 2-1
St Augustine Secondary vs Fatima College 0-1
St Benedicts vs QRC 1-4
St Mary’s vs Trinity Moka 3-3