Reigning champion Presentation College got a single goal from Aleem Barkley to maintain its winning streak in 1-0 win against St Mary's College (CIC) in round three action in the Premier Division of the Shell/First Citizens Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL), yesterday.
Entering the match with an unblemished record away at CIC ground on Serpentine Road, St Clair, the southerners left it until late before Barkley found the nets in the 78th minute, which puts them on top the standing on nine points from three wins in as many matches.
Its closest rival, Naparima College, was much more convincing at Guaracara Park, Point-A-Pierre, thrashing St Benedict's College 3-1 to move to seven points.
After a 1-1 tie in its last match, coach Angus Eve's boys made sure of maximum points this time around. They opened the scoring in the 37th minute from Mark Ramdeen for a 1-0 half-time advantage but failed to stop Jabari Jones from finding the equaliser in the 71st minute.
Later, however, "Naps" as they are popularly called, restored their advantage when Seon Shippley beat the Benedict's goalkeeper in the 83rd minute. And on the stroke of regulation time, Isa Bramble drilled the nail into Benedict's coffin with his item.
At San Juan North School grounds, the home team came out from a bye in the last round of matches to whip Bishop's High School of Tobago 4-2 and maintain its clean sheet so far.
Isaiah Chase and Renaldo Boyce, who were among the goalscorers in a 3-0 win against Valencia Secondary at the Marvin Lee Stadium a week ago, again found the net yesterday, to add to other items by Elair Brewster and Christian Mitchell in the winning effort.
At St Augustine, the home team got a single goal from Kesean St Rose in the 30th minute to turn back a battling Queen's Royal College (QRC) 1-0 and take them to seven points from two wins and a tie.
‘Pres’ edge St Mary’s to remain top.
By Jelani Beckles (Newsday).
DEFENDING champions Presentation College, San Fernando remained perfect in the 2018 Premier Division Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) with victory in round three, yesterday.
Presentation are two points clear at the top of the standings, after edging St Mary’s College 1-0 at the latter’s school ground in St Clair. It was a competitive day of football, as five of the seven matches were decided by one goal.
Presentation’s southern rivals Naparima College are second on the standings, after a 3-1 win over fellow southerners St Benedict’s College at Guaracara Park in Pointe-a-Pierre. Mark Ramdeen gave Naps the lead in the 37th minute, before Jabari Jones equalised for St Benedict’s in the 71st minute. The match seemed to be heading for a draw, but late goals from Seon Shippley in the 83rd and Isa Bramble in the 90th gave Naparima the win to keep pressure on Presentation.
Valencia remained at the bottom of the standings after suffering a narrow 3-2 loss to Trinity College at the latter’s school ground in Moka. Ezekiel Desousa and Jardel Carter scored for Valencia, but goals from Kai Phillip, Mulik Duke and Menes Jahra gave Trinity the victory.
In other results, Carapichaima East Secondary got past East Mucurapo Secondary 3-2, Trinity College East edged Fatima College 1-0, San Juan North Secondary took care of Bishop’s High 4-2 and St Augustine Secondary are now third with a 1-0 win over Queen’s Royal College. St Anthony’s College were on a bye yesterday.
Round four will be played on Wednesday.