QRC 2 Mucurapo 1
Malick 4 CIC 1
Arima 1 Barataria 1
San Juan FC 4 Carapichima 1
El Dorado 1 Pres Chaguanas 0
Naps 3 Benedicts 2
Princes Town 1 Pleasantville 1
(Match called off during second half)
Mayaro 4 Fyzabad 1
Pres San Fernando 2 Moruga 1
By SHAUN FUENTES
South zone champions Naparima College began their assault in this year’s BWIA Secondary Schools Football League with a hard fought 3-2 victory over Intercol title-holders St. Benedict's College at Skinner Park yesterday.
In Port-of-Spain, Mucurapo Senior Comprehensive were on the receiving end of a 2-1 result to Queen’s Royal College in one of the opening set of North Zone matches at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
N’Kosi Blackman gave "Compre" the start they had hoped for with a 17th minute opening item. But the Royalians roared back to take full points with an equalising goal from Frederick Doyle (48th) and a 52nd winner by Kirk Rudder.
In the earlier match at the stadium, Malick Senior Comprehensive SC (Devon Jostling, 2, Marvin Lee and Kendall John) began their campaign in fine style with a 4-1 hammering of St. Mary’s College.
At Skinner Park Princes Town SC and Pleasantville SC were locked 1-1 before the match was halted ten minutes into the second half because of a heavy downpour, which made conditions difficult.
The match was eventually abandoned and will be replayed at a date to be determined.
The second game was pushed back by half an hour to allow drainage of water from the field. Both Benedict's and Naps were smartly outfitted in uniforms sponsored by Tempo 105 W Connection Football Club.
The teams played with good intentions but were unable to produce the sort of smooth flowing football they would have hoped for in their season opener.
Substitute Garvey Lezama, a former Benedict's student sparked celebrations among the Naparima supporters when he left opposing goalkeeper, Anton Alleyene strung between the upright with a powerful blast from the edge of the box.
Even so the small figure of Alleyne with a few good saves to kept his team in the match.
Naps, the defending zone champions took a fifth minute lead when the shifty Arnold Ram stabbed home at close range.
Three minutes later the La Romaine boys drew level when striker Andre Toussaint headed home a right side cross.
Naps regained the lead in the 39th minute when Brown converted a penalty. Benedict's pressed for the equaliser and were rewarded in the 60th minute when striker, Dia Hunte met a left side cross and hit past goalkeeper Aquellius Sylvester on his near post.
Both teams battled valiantly for the go-ahead goal and Benedict's should have gotten it when Hunte’s well measured cross found Toussaint at the top of the box.
But his shot squirmed wide of the right post. Just when it appeared that these two South power houses would share the points, Lezama had the last laugh with the winner three minute from full time.
In the East/Central Zone San Juan FC slammed Carapichaima FC 4-1 while the match at El Dorado Senior Comprehensive between the home team and Presentation Chaguanas was also called off.
Unplayable field conditions forced the abandonment with El Dorado holding a one-nil lead at that stage.
Tigers roar at Tranquil
By Shaun Fuentes
St Anthony’s College and Fatima College began their BWIA Secondary Schools Football League North Zone season with 4-1 and 3-2 victories in contrasting styles yesterday.
On the receiving end were Tranquillity Government and Trinity College respectively. They join fellow north teams Queen’s Royal College and Malick Senior Comprehensive who also started their campaign in winning fashion on Wednesday.
St Anthony’s, fielding a fairly potent attack which included Futgof professional player Sean Cooper, Damien Westfield and workhorse midfielder Marcus Rodriguez, displayed their superiority over “Tranquil” on a wet field at home in Westmoorings.
The scheduled kickoff at 4 pm was delayed by 30 minutes to allow the excess water to drain out. In a match in which all goals were scored by headers, the “Tigers” held the early advantage through a first half double by eventual Coca Cola “Man of the Match” Cooper.
The first being a header from a Rodriguez cross in the ninth minute. The Rodriguez/Cooper combination clicked again 18 minutes after the opener with the latter heading another past Tranquillity goalkeeper Sylvester Sandiford.
The visitors pulled a goal back in the 52nd minute through Julius Belendemu, but their hopes of revival were banished two minutes later when Damien Westfield met Copper’s pass to head into the net.
Substitute Clarance Abiola sealed the three points for the 1997 Intercol winners with a fourth item 15 minutes from full time.
At Moka, the home team got a dream start on their return to championship level, grabbing a 2-1 lead with goals by Kibwe Cuffy and Creston Arthur in the 10th and 17th minutes respectively. Fatima fought back to tie the score before the break.
Steve Sealey and Oni Thomas were the marksmen beating a suspect Richard Macintosh in goal for Trinity.
Both teams began the second half in strong search of the go ahead goal. Trinity’s Hussan Thomas hit over bar in the 46th minute and then had his team’s best try in the 66th minute when his sliding left foot attempt hit the top of the cross bar on its way over.
Fatima strung their passes better than their opponents and were never out of the match, missing a couple close chances themselves. They sunk the “Moka” boys five minutes from regulation time when skipper Brent Radix ran freely down the left flank before delivering a feeble looking cross which MacIntosh misread, allowing Thomas to slot home the rebound from close range.
Action in the Tobago zone kicks off today. See Sports Today for fixtures.
Princes lead goal splurge
P/Town 7 v Fyzabad 1
Naps 1 v Pres 0
St Benedict's 4 v P/Ville 1
Mayaro 3 v Moruga 3
Tranquillity 3 v Malick 2
QRC 4 v Trinity 1
St Anthony's 2 v St Mary's 2
Fatima 0 v Mucurapo 0
Barataria 9 v Carapichaima 0
El Dorado 5 v San Juan 2
St Augustine 1 v Arima 0
Signal Hill 5 v Roxborough 1
Elizabeth's 2 v Scarborough 1
Princes Town Senior Comprehensive signalled their intention of capturing the South Zone crown when they hammered Fyzabad Composite 7-1 at home in the BWIA Secondary Schools Football League yesterday.
Naparima College, also expected to make a strong claims for a major title this year had to work hard for a 1-0 victory over Presentation College (San Fernando) at Union Hall. A 25th minute goal by Wendell Joseph gave "Naps" their second straight win after throwing away a heap of chances. St Benedict's College enjoyed their first win yesterday whipping Pleasantville SC 4-1 at La Romaine and Mayaro Composite battled 3-3 with Moruga Composite at home.
In the North, last year's national league runners up Mucurapo SC earned their first point of the season in a 2-2 draw with Fatima College. East/Central Zone champions El Dorado Senior Comprehensive drubbed San Juan SC 5-2 at San Juan in a key encounter.
Coca-Cola “Man of the Match” Kwami Wiltshire led their charge with a second half hat-trick (55th, 60th, 75th minutes).
Barataria continued their fine early run swamping Carapichaima 9-0 at home yesterday after holding Arima SC 1-0 on Wednesday.
St Augustine SC edged Arima 1-0 courtesy of a Jerwyn Balthazar strike. At Princes Town, skipper Andre "Zato" Marshall blasted four goals to spur the 1998 Intercol runners-up over a listless Fyzabad team.
The home team got their show on the road inside the first two minutes when Brent Julien hit a right-footed shot past "Fyzo" goalkeeper Shawn Morris.
P/Town had to wait 14 minutes for a second item during which time they muffed at least three good chances at goal.
But Marshall showed no mercy on the visitors, rifling a left-footed
shot into the roof of the net to increase the scoreline. The "Green Hornets"
continued to build in attack but were guilty of poor
"Fyzo" looked pretty in their fluorescent green and black uniform but their play was far from that and only a stern talk from coach Brian Williams saw them lift their game for the early periods of the second half.
But Marshall once again got into the action, this time curling a right side corner into the goal past a stranded Morrison in goal.
A minute later, the small bunch of P/Town supporters were raving again when Ramnarine took a ball just outside the 18-yard box and advanced goalwards before firing a left-footer into the net.
Fyzabad's dark day continued but while Marshall's 58th minute penalty carried P/Town's lead to five, coaches Louis Bobcombe and Desmond Bailey would have been happier had their team converted more of their chances which would have seen them into double figures by then.
Fyzabad pulled a goal back in the 70th minute when substitute Kennis Phillip spotted 'keeper Marlon Sylvester off his line before chipping neatly into the net.
Six minutes later Marshall completed his fourth item when he hit home a rebound after Ramnarine's attempt was partly saved by Morrison.
Ramnarine completed the onslaught six minutes before referee Lincoln Ramnarine's final whistle when he nodded home a left side cross by substitute Timothy Dhalai.
El Do’ win, P/Town lose
By Shaun Fuentes
Defending East/Central Zone champions El Dorado Senior Comprehensive recorded their second straight victory in the BWIA Secondary Schools Football League when they shut out Presentation College (Chaguanas) 2-0 in a rescheduled encounter yesterday at El Dorado.
The first meeting last Wednesday was called off because of a waterlogged pitch with the home side leading 3-0 at the time.
Another rescheduled match in the South saw Pleasantville SC scoring a surprise 2-1 victory over 1998 Intercol runners-up Princes Town SC at Pleasantville yesterday.
Goals by Kenwyn Alexander and Anthony Noreiga (penalty) upset the Princes who had beaten Fyzabad Composite 7-1 on the weekend.
At El Dorado, the winners were made to work a bit harder than they would have expected for the three points which came by way of a 67th minute goal by Kwami Wiltshire and substitute Junior Pampoinette in injury time. They now top the zone with six points.
“Pres” playing in red and white strips looked like putting up a good show during the early stages and in fact had the first real scoring opportunity inside the first five minutes.
But Michael Greene saw his header just missed the mark from a right side cross. Soon after, a long range effort by the hardworking Ahmed Mohammed had “El Do” goalkeeper Acori Ross scrambling to safety.
The “Blue Thunder” were coming off a 5-2 win over San Juan SC on Saturday and were not prepared to let the Central boys beat them on home turf.
Wiltshire would score his fourth goal in two matches in the 67th minute with a left-footed shot from the edge of the 18-yard box which took a deflection before going past ‘keeper Ricardo Vasconcellos.
After that, “El Do” missed a couple chances to increase the lead but by that time the Presentation boys didn’t seem likely of levelling the scores.
Substitute Pampoinette finished them off in the dying stages of the match when he blasted home a rebound after an initial shot came back off the left post.
Despite the victory, the “Blue Thunder” would hope for a better performance in their next outing against Barataria SC on Wednesday. Coach Trevor Spicer didn’t look too pleased with his team’s showing but felt that the match should have probably been played later down the season.