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Shiva Boys InterCol kings
A double strike by Shiva Boys Hindu College’s Tyrel ‘Pappy’ Emmanuel in the 71st and 78th minutes guided his team to its first ever Coca Cola National InterCol title, prevailing 2-0 over the defending champions San Juan North Secondary in the final yesterday at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
The in-form Quin Rodney threatened to break the tension early when his cross from the left flank was gobbled up by goalkeeper Shaundel Byer before it could reach a sliding Judah Garcia midway in the half. But it had set the stage for the victory the Penal boys desired after their season in the Premier Division of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) ended in relegation and disgrace.
Emmanuel who was later voted Man of the Match said the victory was one for the whole of the south area after their season was hampered by a series of off-the-field decisions.
“Pappy” as he is affectionately called by his fans, later tormented the San Juan defenders in the 35th minute before delivering perfect cross for Assoon, but the midfielder under pressure from an opposing defender, could not direct his header on target.
During the run of play, however, San Juan almost got the break-through it wanted. Kyle Thomas found himself at the end of a long pass by Kareem John, but after his initial header was blocked by the goalkeeper in the 37th minute, Thomas got another bite of the cherry when Renaldo Boyce centred for him from the rebound. But with the goal at his mercy, he blazed over with his team-mates already calling it a goal.
In the fluctuating affair, Emmanuel thought he had given his team the first goal when his stinging left footed drive from on top the 18 yards box was pushed on to the crossbar by Byer before going over. And with the half-time interval approaching San Juan got a golden opportunity to take the lead. Renaldo Boyce raced clear from a through ball and after going past Thomas and the goalkeeper, he then lifted the ball into the hands of the custodian with the goal gaping open.
Byer, However could do nothing when Thomas was stripped of the ball in defence by Rodney in the 71st minute before his cheeky pass to Emmanuel was slotted into an open net.
Thereafter, the southerners enjoyed a period of control, passing the ball around to its players with a show of confidence, before they drilled the dagger into the heart of the San Juan boys. Kerron Mason, the architect sent Emmanuel through on the right side and with his marker attempting to chauffeur him down the flank, the talented Emmanuel instead cut inside to beat Byer with a fierce low left footer in the 78th minute.
Emmanuel who along with Rodney had dominated the proceedings all night long, was denied the opportunity at his hat-trick when he was set free down the right side in the 82nd, but his effort was blocked by the timely intervention of Byer.
After the game Shiva coach Hayden Ryan said he always knew the trophy was headed down to Penal. He praised his players for the grit shown in the game and promised his school will be back next year.
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