Carapichaima East Secondary brought the 33-match unbeaten run of St Anthony’s College to a screeching halt yesterday, when it edged the title holders 1–0 in the semifinals of the BGTT Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Big-Five competition at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.
A close-range unorthodox goal from forward Marvin Martin in the 71st minute is all it took for the nine-time consecutive zonal winners, “Caps,” to hand the “Tigers” its first defeat in two seasons in the SSFL.
It was sweet revenge for Carapichaima, who lost by the same margin to its opponents in last year’s final. Carapichaima as a result will meet either Scarborough or Presentation College, San Fernando, which contest the second semifinal today at 4 pm, at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet.
Ironically, Carapichaima went into the game pending an appeal by its Central Zone counterparts, Chaguanas North, regarding a controversial decision to reverse the points in a 2–1 loss when the two teams met in their league match.
Carapichaima subsequently protested the presence of one of the Chaguanas North players and the SSFL disciplinary committee ruled in its favour, giving it a 3–0 victory and three points, which took it to the Central title.
Chaguanas North has appealed that ruling and a meeting on Monday failed to bring about a resolution. The committee will meet again tomorrow. The best result for Chaguanas, granted it is given the benefit of a reverse of the decision, is that it will take the league title and given a bye for the first round of the Coca-Cola InterCol tournament.
Yesterday, Carapichaima took the game to the Tigers and got the rewards. Tomorrow’s second semifinal between Scarborough Secondary and Presentation College San Fernando, will follow the Girls’ Big-Four semifinal between Signal Hill and St Francois, which kicks off at 2 pm.
Debe won the first match 3–0 over St Augustine Secondary.
Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet
Girls’ Big-Four semifinal
Signal Hill vs St Francois, 2 pm
Boys’ Big-Five semifinal Scarborough vs Presenation College S/do, 4 pm
Girls’ Big-Four final
Debe vs Signal Hill/ St Francois, 3 pm
Boys’ Big-Five final Carapichaima vs Scarborough/ Presentation, 5 pm