St Anthony’s College climbed to the second place on the Shell/First Citizens Secondary Schools Football League 16-team Premier Division standings after a feisty 3-2 win over San Juan North Secondary at San Juan North Ground, Bourg Mulatresse, San Juan yesterday.
With leaders Naparima College (26 points) on a bye and second placed Presentation College of San Fernando (22) and fourth placed defending champions Shiva Boys Hindu College (20), having their matches postponed due to unplayable conditions at Fatima and Morne Diablo grounds respectively, the ‘Westmooring Tigers’ were gifted a chance to move up the table.
At the end of the 90-minute contest at San Juan North, they did just that in a very physical contest which saw the expulsion of three players in the dying seconds of the clash.
Jesse Williams of St Anthony’s, Kyle Thomas of San Juan and Kareem John were all given their marching orders for off the ball incidents. Referee Hasely Colette gave John his marching orders after a straight red card in the 90th minute, while Thomas and Williams were sent off after their second bookings each, which were recorded in the 90th-minute of the contest.
Earlier in the match, former national youth player Jaydon Powell converted a penalty to put St Anthony’s ahead, but within four minutes Tyrell Cameron replied for the host, only for N’Kosi Salandy to restore the visitors lead, seven minutes later.
Che Benny, another national youth team member on the ‘Tigers” roster then extended his team’s advantage in the 63rd minute, but San Juan North quickly claw its back into the contest with a Ronaldo Boyce goal in the 66th minute.
The visitors then held on to the narrow lead, with the match ending on sour note for both teams with the dismissals.
With the win, St Anthony’s moved to 24 points from 11 matches and three left to play, two behind Naparima followed by Presentation (22) and Shiva Boys (20), with the latter two having a match in hand each.
Prior to the kick off of matches yesterday, the standings was re-adjusted after the SSFL Executive met and decided to suspend Fyzabad Secondary due to the wrongful use of players Dez Jones and Maurice Dick.
At the bottom end of the standings, Queen’s Royal College and St Benedict’s College picked up crucial wins over fellow strugglers Signal Hill 4-2 and Trinity College Moka 3-2 respectively, to enhance their chances of surviving the relegation drop.
Also, Trinity East got a double from Romario Williams and one from Jarved Elcock in a 3-0 blanking of St Augustine Secondary a at Trincity while Carapichaima East also won 3-0 at Speyside.
St Benedict’s 3 (Zion Broadbelt 16th, Reuel Tyson 60th, Jabari Jones 77th) vs Trinity Moka 2 (Joshua Fraser 86th, Saleem Henry 94th Pen)
Trinity East 3 (Romaro Williams 2, Jarved Elcock) vs St Augustine 0
Carapichaima East 3 (Mecaheil Alexander, Theophilus Bourne, Elijah King) vs Speyside 0
QRC 4 (Kalev Keil 2, Miguel Williams, Randy Harris) vs Signal Hill 2 (Jabari Mc Millian, own goal)
St Anthony’s 3 (Jaydon Powell 30th pen, N’Kosi Salandy 41st, Che Benny 63rd) vs San Juan North 2 (Tyrell Cameron 34th, Ronaldo Boyce 66th)
Yesterday’s postponed matches
Fatima vs Presentation @ Fatima Ground, Mucurapo Road
Shiva Boys vs St Mary’s @ Morne Diablo
Upcoming SSFL fixtures
(Saturday 21 October)
St Augustine Secondary v St Anthony’s College, 3.40pm, St Augustine;
Naparima College v Speyside High, 3.40pm, Lewis Street;
Presentation College v Trinity College East, 3.40pm, Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;
Carapichaima East v QRC, 3.40pm, Carapichaima;
St Mary’s College v Fatima College, 3.40pm, St Mary’s;
Signal Hill v Trinity College Moka, 3.40pm, Signal Hill;
St Benedict’s College v Shiva Boys HC, 3.40pm, Barrackpore;
Fyzabad Secondary v San Juan North, 3.40pm, Fyzabad.