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The Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division will possibly not be decided until the final round of games as two teams, defending champions Naparima College, and last year’s runners-up, Presentation College could still claim top honours.

Malick Secondary have finally made a misstep, slipping to their second defeat in as many games in this year’s Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division.

On Wednesday, Malick, promoted to the Premier Division just this season, lost 2-1 to St Mary’s College, the team with the worst record in the league after five games.

While they had lost the week before by the same margin, that was to the defending triple champions Naparima College and no shame can be found in that, however, maybe the pressure of staying consistent with the top teams like Presentation College is a bridge too far.

That result means Malick, on six points, have now been overtaken by Carapichaima East Secondary, who moved to eight points after their 1-0 win over Pleasantville Secondary.

Naparima College (12 points) have continued to hold onto their one-point lead on the table after a 3-2 win over St Augustine Secondary.

Keeping pace with Naps are Presentation College, who beat East Mucurapo Secondary 3-0.

St Anthony’s College have also maintained their third place standing, sitting in striking distance of Presentation and Naparima on 10 points from one game fewer.

Pleasantville Secondary, after their defeat to Carapichaima, lie sixth on the table with six points, the same as Queen’s Royal College, who are seventh.

East Mucurapo’s loss leaves them eighth on five points. Also on five points are Trinity College East, who were hammered 3-0 by St Anthony’s.

San Juan North finally notched three points from a game this season, moving from 14th to 10th. Their jump up the tables was almost as massive as their 5-0 win over Trinity College Moka, who now sit 12th.  

The game between Speyside secondary and Queen’s Royal College was not played with the two lying 11th and seventh respecitively.

 

 

 

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

+-

Pts

1

Naparima College

5

4

1

0

13

5

8

13

2

Presentation College

5

4

0

1

17

2

15

12

3

St Anthony's College

4

3

1

0

13

3

10

10

4

Carapichaima East Secondary

4

2

2

0

6

4

2

8

5

Malik Secondary

4

2

0

2

9

5

4

6

6

Pleasantville Secondary

5

2

0

3

6

7

-1

6

7

Queen's Royal College

4

2

0

2

8

11

-3

6

8

East Mucurapo Secondary

4

1

2

1

9

6

3

5

9

Trinity College East

4

1

2

1

5

7

-2

5

10

San Juan North Secondary

4

1

1

2

7

4

3

4

11

Speyside Secondary

4

1

1

2

5

15

-10

4

12

Trinity College Moka

5

1

1

3

5

16

-11

4

13

St Augustine Secondary

5

0

3

2

8

11

-3

3

14

St Benedict's College

4

1

0

3

5

11

-6

3

15

St Mary's College

5

1

0

4

4

13

-9

3

The start of the Secondary Schools Football League Premier Division was not without drama, as triple defending champions Naparima College and the competitions sponsors have fallen out.

The defending champions’ opening game against St Mary’s College at Lewis Street ended without viewers on television seeing any of it.

SportsMax Ltd, broadcast sponsors of the SSFL, were bound not to carry the event, which Naparima won 3-0, after the defending champions and triple champions last season, wore branded clothing in contravention to a previously agreed sponsorship with league and apparel giants, Joma.  

The broadcasters have since reached out to all its viewers to explain the situation, apologizing for a position it was forced to take and asked for understanding. 

“SportsMax Ltd, On the back of a breach in branding guidelines set by the SSFL by Naparima – regrettably SportsMax was forced to pull the broadcast of the game between Naparima College and St. Mary’s College,” a release from the organization read.

“While we realise that this is disappointing to fans of Schoolboy Football, it’s important to point out that we take our responsibilities to the SSFL and to its sponsorship partners very seriously and take great pains to ensure full compliance,” it continued.

“We would like to thank viewers and sports fans for their understanding in this matter.”

St Mary’s College (CIC), after five games in the Secondary Schools Football League Premiership Division have finally found a way to win. 

With last week’s leaders St Anthony’s College on a bye, defending Secondary Schools Football League Premier Division champs, Presentation College took full advantage to take the lead in the 2018 tournament with a hard-fought win over St Mary’s College (CIC). 

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