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Shiva Boys tough to beat this season

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Shiva Boys players celebrate a goal during their opening fixture in the 2017 SSFL against Naparima College at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on September 8. Shiva boys won the match 2-1.

The 2017 Secondary Schools Football League has started with the usual hustle and shebang that we have grown accustomed to over the years.

After Round 3, the table is taking on a familiar look with defending champions Shiva Boys on top having won all their games. Presentation College San Fernando are up there again followed by the “Green Machine” and the “Tigers”.

Having been privy to doing commentary on a few games on Sportsmax and CNC3 involving some of the top teams, Shiva Boys are going to be tough to beat. They possess a good defence with Yohannes Richardson and Jabari Graham in the central position tough to break down. Their goalkeeper Denzil Smith is a national player and going forward they have creative individuals in Judah Garcia and Tyrel ‘Pappy’ Emmanuel. Quinn Rodney and Ronaldo Edwards are quick in the wide areas. They bring a strong all-rounded team capable of weathering this season’s storm.

Naps are also a talented team with their captain and central defender Rondell Payne solid at the back together with Tyrike Andrews.

They however tend to lack the fight when things are not going well and with the loss of their top goal scorer from 2016 Isaiah Lee, they are hoping that Ronaldo McIntosh will step up and consistently score goals.

Losing to Fatima was a huge setback for them and their credentials as serious title contenders must be brought into question.

Newly promoted Carapichaima East has started well. They looked good against a very timid and out of sorts Fatima team.

In Daniel Pascall, they have a worker up front who will fight for every ball and with Elijah and Josiah King attacking from wide areas, they will pose a problem for teams.

Fatima did not look the part in their first outing and if they are to maintain their form following their surprising victory against Naps, they must show more resilience.

They also need to have Justin Araujo-Wilson on the field for 90 minutes. He is a proven goal scorer and together with the speedy Stephon Marcano, they will test the ability of many defenders.

Defending National Intercol champions San Juan North are unbeaten but still awaiting their first victory. They are a talented team with Renaldo Boyce and Brandon Semper an excellent pairing up front and will score goals when the opportunities arise.

Defensively Kyle Thomas, Kareem John and Lukeman Brooks are tough at the back but they lose concentration easily and give up silly goals whenever they seem to be comfortably in charge.

St Mary’s should be difficult to beat on their day. In Gabriel Nanton they have a quality midfielder and a goal poacher in Devon Charles.

I expect them to improve and be more consistent as the season goes along.

St Augustine have played 2, won 2 and were heading for a comfortable victory leading 3-0 at half time against a lacklustre St Benedict’s outfit. St Benedict’s suddenly decided to play with some purpose in the second half and nearly came to stealing a point, going down 4-2 in the end. If the La Romaine boys are to pull off another great escape, they must show some spunk going forward.

In future articles we will feature more of the teams. It’s been a great start to the SSFL—already some super goals and surprising results!

Colin Murray


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