A beaver-trick from striker Larry Noel led San Juan North Secondary School to a more-than-convincing 5-1 victory over Queen’s Royal College (QRC) in Group B of the Premier Division of the Tiger Tanks Secondary Schools Football League at the San Juan School Ground on Wednesday afternoon.
The Royalians sought to put up a fight in the early moments of the match, but Noel proved to be too much on the day. His enormous talent became QRC’s concern from as early as the second minute when a one-two with Elizsha Rogers enabled him to exploit an open QRC defence on the left side and with the goal at his mercy, Noel hit low and hard into the vacant far post for the 1-0 advantage.
However, the San Juan celebrations were muted less than a minute later. Tau Lamsee benefitted from a blunder in the centre of the field and he rifled his effort past goalkeeper Xavion Haynes for the equaliser in the 3rd minute.
The goal, however, failed to prevent the dominance that followed, courtesy of the brilliance of Noel. The prolific striker sent his team 2-1 up in the 18th minute before he galloped on to a through ball in the 41st minute, and despite the challenge by QRC’s Micah Nelson, Noel kept his composure to beat Shemuel Cassidy in the QRC goal for a 3-1 lead which they took to the half-time interval.
At the resumption, it was all San Juan North with attempts that went abegging. But they would not be denied as Kedell Jones was gifted a through ball and he tucked it beyond the dive of Cassidy to send his team 4-1 up in the 49th minute.
Noel later completed his rout from another ball down the left side and from an acute angle, he beat Cassidy at his near post with a thunderous left-footed drive that sealed maximum points for his team in the group.
San Juan North 5 (Larry Noel 2nd, 18th, 41st, 67th, Kedell Jones 49th) vs QRC- 1 (Tau Lamsee)
Chaguanas North 1 vs Malick Sec 4
East Mucurapo 5 vs Moruga Sec 1 (Santana Smith)
Trinity College East 0 vs Presentation, San F’do 1 (Caleb Boyce 70th)
SATURDAY’S MATCH UPS
Presentation College vs Malick Secondary @ Union Hall Ground
QRC vs East Mucurapo Secondary @ QRC Ground, St Clair
San Juan North Secondary vs Chaguanas North Secondary @ Bourg Mulatresse, San Juan
Trinity College East vs Moruga Secondary, Trinity College East, Trincity