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Saints, Lions face off in Big Five final today
North Zone surprise package St Mary’s College will come up against a rampant South Zone favourite and finalist of last year’s competition, Presentation College of San Fernando in the BGTT First Citizens Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Big-Five final, from 5 pm, today.
The match will close a double-header at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, which is set to commence with a Girls’ Big-Four final between Bishop’s High (Tobago) and East Zone powerhouse, St Augustine Secondary. The first match will kick off at 3 pm.
The outcome of today’s feature match between St Mary’s and Presentation College, is anyone’s guess. St Mary’s, which dethroned the mighty St Anthony’s College for its first North Zone league title since 2009 came up against St Augustine Secondary in the first Big-Five semifinal, which ended in favour of the Saints via kicks from the penalty spot after a goalless stalemate. The Jason Edwards-coached Saints did well to hold off, what was statistically the strongest team in SSFL competition, this season, and even produced better chances, which it never capitalised on. St Mary’s proved resilient and patient in its approach against a “favourite”, even playing in familiar territory for St Augustine, the Larry Gomes Stadium, Arima. It was the only fixture St Mary’s needed to play to reach the final. Presentation, meanwhile, needed two victories to secure a spot in the title match. And, both came easily.
In the only quarterfinal, competed between the South and Tobago champions, Presentation College smash five unanswered goals past Big-Five debutant Speyside Secondary, at Skinner Park, San Fernando, last week. Then, three days later, playing at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, against Central Zone winner Carapichaima East Secondary, which only previously lost one match this season, while winning all others, Presentation College came out a 3-0 victor.
Both top forward, Shackiel Henry, who finished as his team’s leading scorer last season, and influential midfielder Anjel Williams, scored three goals in the two Big-Five matches. Henry put two past Caps, while Williams also scored a brace in the win against Speyside.
Today’s first match will see Bishop’s of Tobago taking on a St Augustine school keen on bringing glory to its name after disappointment from its boy’s team. St Augustine enters the match as favourite after slamming Bishop’s Anstey (Port-of-Spain) 7-0 in the second Big-Four semifinal. The opening semifinal saw Bishop’s (Tobago) take a 3-1 spot kick win over South Zone’s Fyzabad, after both schools ended regulation time goalless.
No match will go into extra time today. If either match ends goalless, the fixture will go straight to penalty kicks.
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