San Juan North Secondary School and Presentation College will take their fourth shot at each other in a Coca-Cola Intercol final after they earned semifinal victories over Carapichaima East Secondary and St Anthony’s College respectively at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on Friday.

The last time these two met in a final, it was 2016 and San Juan clipped the Lions 1-0. While Presentation’s demise came at the hands of San Juan this time around, the truth is, the national Intercol has not been very good to them. They have not won it since the inception of the Secondary schools Football League Premier Division era.

Presentation looked assured in their semi-final though, downing St Anthony’s College 3-1.

The Lions got their goals courtesy of Jayie Sheppard brace in the 18th and 40th minutes of play, while Ackeel Jacob split the efforts with a 24th-minute strike.

Kiron Manswell scored a 74th-minute consolation for the Westmoorings Tigers.

Sheppard could have had a hat-trick in the game, but defender Ian Cowie produced a last-ditch tackle to keep the scores level in the early goings.

The first goal was a thing of beauty, as Jacob, who had been pulling the strings from his midfield perch, played a ball down the left flank for Naeem Bisnath who crossed for Sheppard to begin his count.

Jacob was at it again not long after, dismissing Quinn Frederick before unleashing a bullet that left Tigers custodian Josiah Perez with no chance.

Sheppard’s second goal was one of the easiest he’ll ever score, the striker tapping home a deflected cross to leave St Anthony’s in tatters.

In Friday’s other semi-final Reynaldo Boyce (29th) and Christon Mitchell (42nd), gave San Juan North the perfect first-half platform to go on and win the game and put themselves in the final.

Carapichaima’s troubles were self-inflicted though, as they went behind thanks to a goalkeeping error.

Coming to the edge of the area to collect an overhit pass, Terell Leacock missed the delivery, it hit him in the chest and rebounded for a grateful Boyce to strike into an empty net.

Mitchell’s goal was not so accidental though. Advancing from out of midfield, put Caps defender Jaedon Miller on the seat of his pants before finishing past Leacock.

San Juan have also had a bad time of the Intercol in recent times. While they have been good, they have found themselves runners up in 2017 and 2018 and must be champing at the bit to go one better this time around.

Naparima College are, for the third time consecutively, Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division champions.

Needing to avoid losing against the Queen’s Royal College (QRC) to hold onto the title, with Presentation College breathing down their necks just three points adrift, Naparima found four unanswered goals, making the title run seem a mere formality.

Naparima got goals from Nathaniel Perouse in the 17th minute, Shoaib Khan in the 20th, Seon Shippley in the 22nd and Isa Bramble in the 80th.

As it turns out, Naparima never needed the assurance of keeping their unbeaten streak going, as Presentation College, playing away to St Anthony’s College, could only manage a 0-0 draw in what was the only other game taking place on Monday.

That result meant Presentation, who started the day on 30 points, three points behind Naparima, ended second on 31. Naparima, ended on 36 points, eventually a comfortable buffer.

Naparima coach, Angus Eve, was very matter-of-fact about the victory, downplaying his own influence on the fortunes of the institution, saying:

“I think this is just reward for all the work they’ve been doing this season,” said Eve.

Conquered QRC coach, Nigel Grosvenor, was gracious in defeat, choosing to congratulate Naparima, saying they were deserving champions.

According to Grosevnor, the first goal of the game came at an inopportune time and put QRC on the back foot.

QRC, he said, never recovered but the credit for that must go to a well-drilled Naparima.

Naparima College just need to avoid losing to successfully defend their Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division title for a second consecutive time and for the second consecutive time, they will have to do it on the final day.

Last year’s runners up, Presentation College, had pushed Naparima to the final day to ensure they would be crowned champions and after Wednesday’s games, they are set to gut check Naps again.

Needing to win to get within three points of Naparima College on Wednesday, Presentation doled out six unanswered goals against Queen’s Royal College.

The result not only means Presentation are a win away from evening the tables against Naparima, it also means they are guaranteed to have a healthier goal difference than the defending champions.

Presentation are now on 30 points and enjoy a healthy goal difference of +26, having scored 33 goals and conceded just seven.

Naparima, who were idle on Wednesday with just one game to go in their fixture list, are on 33 points, a good enough cushion, except if they lose. The defending champions have scored a whopping 31 goals and only conceded 10, leaving them a goal difference of +21, a tally that would normally guarantee bringing victory in a tie-breaker, but not this season.

In fact, there are three teams, including Presentation with better goal differences.

East Mucurapo, who are third, and St Anthony’s College, in fourth, both boast a +22 goal difference.

In other games on Wednesday, East Mucurapo Secondary destroyed Speyside High 5-0, while Carapichaima East Secondary were comfortable enough with a 4-2 Trinity College East.

St Augustine Secondary were possibly in the game of the day, beating Pleasantville Secondary 3-2, while relegated St Mary’s College just can’t seem to find a win from anywhere, losing 4-0 to Trinity College Moka.

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.

Naparima College, with three games to go in their Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division title defence campaign have tightened their grip at the top of the table after Wednesday’s round of games.

Beginning the day with a four-point lead over Presentation College, Naparima did themselves a big favour with the 5-0 thrashing of Carapichaima East Secondary on Wednesday.

The result pushed Naps to 29 points from 11 games, six ahead of St Anthony’s College, who were comfortable 2-0 winners over Pleasantville Secondary.

That result helped St Anthony’s jump from third to second and may have put Presentation under pressure after their game against Queen’s Royal College was not played.

Presentation just needs to win their remaining games to keep pressure on Naps and to stave off St Anthony’s, who, while a point ahead,have a game in hand and could perceivably regain their second-place position. Without a mistake from the leaders, Presentation can finish at best, one point off the leaders.

Carapichaima are still fourth despite the heavy defeat with their 19 points, giving them one point more than fifth place East Mucurapo, who were clipped 1-0 by Trinity College East.

In other games played on Wednesday, San Juan North Secondary were 4-2 winners over Malick Secondary and Trinity College Moka were slammed 4-nil by St Benedict’s College.

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

+-

Pts

1

Naparima College

11

9

2

0

30

10

20

29

2

St Anthony's College

10

7

2

1

31

10

21

23

3

Presentation College

9

7

1

1

25

6

19

22

4

Carapichaima East Secondary

10

5

4

1

16

14

2

19

5

East Mucurapo Secondary

10

5

3

2

18

9

9

18

6

Queen's Royal College

9

5

1

3

18

20

-2

16

7

San Juan North Secondary

10

4

2

4

23

9

14

14

8

St Augustine Secondary

10

3

4

3

25

18

7

13

9

Trinity College East

9

3

2

4

13

16

-3

11

10

Pleasantville Secondary

10

3

1

6

12

16

-4

10

11

St Benedict's College

10

3

1

6

12

19

-7

10

12

Speyside Secondary

10

2

2

6

13

31

-18

8

13

Malick Secondary

10

2

1

7

15

22

-7

7

14

Trinity College Moka

10

1

1

8

11

33

-22

4

15

St Mary's College

10

1

1

8

5

34

-29

4

 

Naparima College still hold a one-point lead at the top of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division but it is tenuous after Saturday’s round of games saw them give up two valuable points, putting St Anthony’s and Presentation College within striking distance.

Presentation College were the team this week on a bye, but they are just two points behind Naparima College with a game in hand. St Anthony’s College were comfortable winners against Trinity College Moka, the 3-1 result putting them just a point behind Naparima. They too have a game in hand, meaning Naparima could find themselves slipping to third if the chasing teams don’t slip.

Playing against Pleasantville Secondary, one would have expected the defending champions to have an easy day, but the game was anything but.

The seventh-place team would end up holding the champions 2-2.

Malick Secondary, who at one stage led the league, are in a stall, failing to win for the third week in a row, again the score 2-1. This time it was Carapichaima East that kept them pointless, helping their free fall in the table. Malick are now ninth, down from the fourth place spot they held last week.

This week it is Carapichaima who hold down the number four spot on the table.

East Mucurapo are fifth on the table after they enjoyed a 2-0 win over St Benedict’s College. The losers of that game now find themselves last on the table with just three points.

If there is a light at the end of the tunnel for St Benedict’s, it is the fact that they are just a point off 12th position on the 15-team tablen with St Augustine, Trinity College Moka and St Mary’s College all on four points.

Speyside Secondary are on the move, climbing to seven points and eighth place after a 2-1 win away at Trinity College East, while San Juan North Secondary visited Queen’s Royal College (QRC) where they pulled off a 4-0 mauling.

San Juan are up to sixth on the table, while QRC are 10th.

St Mary’s College seem to have stopped the bleeding, at least for now, earning their second points of the campaign after a 1-1 draw with St Augustine.

The two lie 12th and 13th respectively.

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

+-

Pts

1

Naparima College

6

4

2

0

15

7

8

14

2

St Anthony's College

5

4

1

0

16

4

12

13

3

Presentation College

5

4

0

1

17

2

15

12

4

Carapichaima East Secondary

5

3

2

0

8

5

3

11

5

East Mucurapo Secondary

5

2

2

1

11

6

5

8

6

San Juan North Secondary

5

2

1

2

11

4

7

7

7

Pleasantville Secondary

6

2

1

3

8

9

-1

7

8

Speyside Secondary

5

2

1

2

7

16

-9

7

9

Malik Secondary

5

2

0

3

10

7

3

6

10

Queen's Royal College

5

2

0

3

8

15

-7

6

11

Trinity College East

5

1

2

2

6

9

-3

5

12

St Augustine Secondary

6

0

4

2

9

12

-3

4

13

St Mary's College

6

1

1

4

5

14

-9

4

14

Trinity College Moka

6

1

1

4

6

19

-13

4

15

St Benedict's College

5

1

0

4

5

13

-8

3

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