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St Anthony’s scored an unimpressive 4-1 win over Fatima yesterday to remain the only unbeaten team after five rounds of matches in the North Zone of the British Gas Secondary Schools Football League.

Fatima had the defending champion with its back against the wall for two-thirds of the match on Fatima grounds in Mucurapo.
With its forwards failing to beat the Fatima offside trap and its defence unsettled, the “Westmoorings Tigers” fell behind in the 30th minute.

A poor pass-back by skipper Julius James, followed by a scrimmage in a melee, saw a hustling Josimah Belgrave, the smallest Fatima attacker, breaking loose to put the home side in front.

St Anthony’s did not settle down for the entire first half and it wasn’t until Clevon George levelled the scores in the 62nd minute that his side showed glimpses of its championship qualities.
From that point, it was just a matter of when St Anthony’s would score again and Fatima was unable to keep the ball out of its net in the 69th (George) and 71st (Steve Sealy).

Substitute Akil de Freitas rounded off the scoring by netting a header in the final minute.

With the defeat, Fatima was overtaken in second place by Malick, which also trailed by a goal before whipping St Mary’s 4-1 at Serpentine Road. Hayden Tinto (2) and Mervyn Moore kept up their consistency by netting in every match for the former champion.

Leading Scorers:
7 Simba Aberdeen (QRC); 6 Steve Sealy (St Anthony’s); Hayden Tinto (Malick); 5 Ian McAuley (St Anthony’s), Mervyn Moore (Malick); 4 Christopher Sam (St Anthony’s); 3 Kenwyne Jones (St Anthony’s), Kendyn Moe (Fatima); Michael Harris (Mucurapo), Kevin Thompson (Malick), Aldo Hope (QRC); 2 Akil George (St Mary’s), Darryl Bryce (Diego Martin); Keron Pierre, Kendan Crosby (Fatima), Benedict Barrett (St Mary’s); Sherwin Marcano (Malick); Josimah Belgrave (Fatima); Clevon George, Akil de Freitas (St Anthony’s).


Signal Hill blows away Elizabeth’s 13-1.
By Anesia Brebnor.

The sea-saw tussle for the leadership of the Tobago Zone of the British Gas Secondary School Football League continued yesterday at Shaw Park, where Signal Hill scored a 13-1 landslide victory over Elizabeth’s College.

In recording their third victory in as many matches, Denzil James led the route with a first half hattrick of goals scored in the 5th, 12th and 38th minutes to take his personally tally to nine.

Signal Hill took a 6-0 halftime lead into the interval with further strikes from Kern Harris (22nd), Declan Davis (32nd) and Jason Lightborned (44th).
In the second half, Ryan Grey and Keon Daniels netted a piar of goals each in the (59th/65th) and (47th/89th) minutes respectively.

Makan Hislop beat the goalkeeper in the 70th, while Lightborne and Davis finished with two each with strikes in the (72nd) and (75th) in that order.
Erson Hinds got Elizabeth’s only item and his second goal of the season.
In the other match, goals by Massimba George, Kevon Grey and Nyron Orr earned Roxborough a 3-1 win over Bishop’s who got a 56th minute item from Kelvon Morris.

Tobago Leading Scores:
Michael Carrington (14), Denzil James (9), Leandro Williams (6), Makan Hislop (6), Keon Daniel (5), Darrel Carrington, Jason Lightborne, Kenyon Manswell, Kern Harris (3).


Tabaquite get Pres challenge.
By Forbes Persaud.

Debutants Tabaquite Composite will test their skill against Presentation College, the most successful and most experienced school in the Central Zone of the British Gas Secondary Schools Football League in their third round clash at Chaguanas today.

Tabaquite opened the season with a bang when they blasted Union Claxton Bay Senior 7-0 and then turned back Chaguanas Senior 3-1 in their second encounter. However both matches were played at their home ground in Tabaquite. Playing away in today’s encounter against more formidable opposition like Pres could make a big difference.

Tabaquite’s strikers Cylon Moore and Ronaldo Fraser have been in tremendous form thus far, having scored seven goals between them, Moore netting four and Fraser three. Pres who were on a bye in the last round were also impressive in their opening encounter, coming away with a 4-0 triumph over neighbours Chaguanas Senior. And with their home crowd behind them today, Pres will be looking to come away with full points against the visitors.

Tabaquite defenders should have a tough time keeping out the talented striker Jamal Wiggins, who booted home a double for Pres, while their strikers will find getting past wing back Kevon Lalloo a difficult proposition. Lalloo looked very impressive for Pres against Chaguanas in the opener.

At the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Carapichaima Senior and Chaguanas will do battle. "Carps," who have only played one game so far, narrowly edged Union Claxton Bay 3-2 last Saturday.

Although Carps looked scrappy at times against UCB and squandered many chances, they have some very skilful players in skipper Deion Raphael and Trevor Mitchell, midfielder Marvin Edwards and defender Richard Gopaul and may prove to be too much for the winless Chaguanas squad.
Matches start at 3.45 pm.


Noel wins it for ‘El Do’.
By Rachael Thompson.

Substitute Cleavon Noel earned El Dorado full points over Arima yesterday by scoring in added on time in the key match in the East Zone British Gas Secondary Schools Football League on waterlogged conditions at El Dorado.

‘El Do’ came from a goal down in the first half to beat Arima 2-1 in a match in which referee Gordon Maloney issued several yellow cards, and gave Christopher James of Arima marching orders in the 90th minute, for insulting and abusive language.
St Augustine (four matches) joined Arima (five matches) atop the standings with ten points with a 2-0 win over Toco at St Augustine.

Goalscorers for the “Green Machine” were Leon Hutchinson and Lorenzo King.
“Down one goal, I threw all caution to the wind, and put in three strikers. And it was a good move because one of them came in and scored the winning goal,” said ‘El Do’ coach Trevor Spicer.

Devon King gave Arima the lead in the 34th minute, scoring from the penalty spot.
The goal was cancelled out in the 54th minute when the “Blue Thunder” captain, Sherron Manswel,l scored an impressive free kick from outside the penalty box.
In the other East Zone match, St George’s created a big upset by beating San Juan Secondary 2-1 with goals by Ancil Maloney and Marlon St Louis.

Leading scorers:
6 Dwight Lewis (Arima); 3 Garth Jacob (San Juan), Devon King (Arima), Leon Hutchinson (St Augustine); 2 Jesse Martinez (Arima), Ronaldo Henry (El Dorado), Kenwyne Matthew, Keston Pierre (Toco), Ancil Maloney (St George’s), Lorenzo King (St Augustine).


P/Town takes over in South.
TnT Guardian Reporting.

Princes Town Senior Comprehensive whipped Pleasantville Senior 5-0 to take over the lead in the South Zone of the British Gas Secondary Schools Football League competition at Princes Town yesterday.

Princes Town moved to the top of the standings after Mayaro Composite held defending zonal champion Naparima College to an exciting goalless draw at Mayaro recreation ground.

With three vital points from the impressive victory, Princes Town swelled their points tally to 13 from five matches which included four wins and a draw.
Naps, which held the lead on goal-difference after four matches each, dropped to second spot on 11 points.

Former champions St Benedict’s and Presentation (San F’do) improved their positions and are bracketed together in third spot on seven points each.
Led by a five-goal performance from former national Under-17 striker Andre Alexis (45th, 51st, 58th, 60th, 88th) and one each by former Under-17 star striker Nkosi Blackman (79th) and Lemuel Lyons (16th), St Benedict’s registered their second victory of the season.

They whipped Moruga Composite 7-1 at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium.
Blackman, who suffered serious injuries in an unfortunate car accident earlier this year, registered his first goal.

He tapped home a beautiful through pass by fellow T&T’s Under-17 teammate Alexis in the 79th minute.

Alexis returned to action after a red card suspension in the match against Naparima. And he finally opened his season’s account with five goals as he led the “La Romaine Lions” to a convincing victory which should spur Muhammed Isa-coached team to greater things as the season progresses.

Presentation travelled to the Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin and stopped the plucky Vessigny outfit 3-1. Goals by Stephen Byer in the 25th and 75th minute plus Shay Sutherland’s item in the 38th were enough to provide last year’s Zonal runners-up a chance to celebrate their second win. Marlon Saunders netted the lone item for Vessigny in the 20th minute.

However, the major talking point would be Princes Town’s win over Pleasantville. Prolific striker Lindsie Sherwood opened the scoring in the fifth minute. He was supported by Lyndon Lyke (20th), Anson Bachan (30th), Simeon Arjoon (44th) and Andrei Pacheco (69th) as they completed the emphatic 5-0 victory.

Leading Scorers:
Jerol Forbes (Naps) 9; Andre Alexis (St Benedict’s) 5; Stephen Byer (Pres) 5; Ancil Farrier (Naps) 4; Lindsie Sherwood (P/Town) 4.