SSFL: St Mary’s visit struggling neighbours with an eye on upward movement

St Mary’s College has been in fine form of late, belying their ninth place position on the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) table and will be aiming at relegation-threatened Queen’s Royal College (QRC) for some momentum.

St Mary’s were exquisite in their last game, dismantling Speyside High 6-0, and this coming off the back of a 4-1 win over St Augustine Secondary. This is their third home game in a row, however, that may not be of significant advantage since QRC share the same ground.

QRC though, have really struggled, losing to Presentation College, St Augustine, Trinity College East and Fatima College, in their last five games. The only point they picked up, in what has been a horrid run, has been a 3-3 draw against St Anthony’s.

The history of the schools this season may not matter though, as the teams share a rivalry that has been ongoing for more than 100 years.

St Mary’s captain, Gabriel Nanton, whose play this season has been remarkable, said his team has grown in confidence and are up for what should be a classic contest of long-time rivals.

To add a little interest to the mix, St Mary’s College player, Augustine Nkemakolam, is formerly of QRC.

Playing against his old school may provide a raft of emotions for the young man and many are waiting to see how he fares.  

Desle Julian/Student Journalist

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