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‘Saints’ in battle for North title

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Friday, November 17, 2017
QRC’s Ayoba Francis fights off the challenge of St Anthony’s Jodel Brown during their Intercol North Zone semi-final match at CIC ground, St Clair. St Anthony’s won the match 2-1 and will face St Mary’s College in the North Zone final on Tuesday.

It will be a battle of the ‘Saints’—St Mary’s College and St Anthony’s College—for the Coca Cola InterCol North Zone title on Tuesday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Both teams expectedly advanced to the final after respective victories over Fatima and Queen’s Royal College (QRC) in yesterday’s semi-final encounters. At the Hasely Crawford Stadium, CIC had to come from a goal down after Joshua Araujo-Wilson fired Fatima in the lead in the 30th minute. The Saints produced the equaliser before half time which came from the boot of Tyrese Spicer in the 38th.

The game appeared to be grinding to a penalty shoot-out when the usually impressive Gabriel Nanton snatched the winner in the 80th minute to send them through to the final.

At CIC ground in St Clair, the Tigers, still hurting from their failure to win a Premier Division title which appeared to have been in the palms of their hands, took the lead from the penalty spot midway in the first half.

Tyrese Bailey was put through after a neat build-up in the midfield, but was tripped on his way to goal. Bailey then picked himself up and beat the Royalians’ goalkeeper for the advantage.

Later Che Benny rubbed salt into the QRC wounds when he galloped through an open defence and slid the ball past the QRC custodian, after sending him the wrong way.

QRC came alive after the break and pulled a goal back in the 60th from Caleb Kheil. They should have equalised to send the game to the penalty spot, but fortune did not favour them when Kheil found himself alone with the Tigers goalie early in the second half but fired a weak shot that was kept out.

And later QRC felt they should have gotten a penalty when Kheil was brought down in the area, but the referee waved play-on.

In the East zone Trinity East’s run in this year’s SSFL season ended as they were knocked out by Championship Division campaigners Valencia Secondary 5-4 on penalties.

Both teams were inseparable at 1-1 the end of the 90 minutes of regulation time but in the spot-kicks that followed, Valencia goalkeeper Hezron D’Abreau kept out Keshawn Hackshaw’s early kick, and his players showed their appreciation for it by converting all their kicks.

RESULTS

St Anthony’s - 2 (Tyrese Bailey, Che Benny) vs QRC- 1 (Caleb Kheil 60th)
St Mary’s- 2 (Tyrese Spicer 38th, Gabriel Nanton 80th) vs Fatima- 1 (Joshua Araujo-Wilson 30th)
Valencia Sec- 1 (Keegan Faria 32nd) vs Trinity East- 1( Nickel Orr 45th) (Valencia wins 5-4on penalties)
San Juan North-3 (Ronaldo Boyce 2, Brandon Semper) vs St Augustine- 0
Bishops- 0 vs Signal Hill- 1 (Akil Frank 80th)
Speyside- 2 vs Goodwood - 0

TODAY’S MATCHES

St Benedict’s College vs Naparima—1.30pm at Mannie Ramjohn
Shiva Boys vs Presentation- 3.30pm at Mannie Ramjohn

WALTER ALIBEY