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SSFL: Regrouping Tigers pounce on struggling Trinity Hawks

St Anthony’s College produced an inspired second half performance yesterday afternoon to notch a 2-nil win over Trinity College East in a clash of two struggling SSFL Premier Division teams.

Goals by substitute Shem Clauzel and winger Kathon St Hillaire were enough for St Anthony’s first home win this year and only the school’s second win of the season in front of a small Westmoorings crowd.

Photo: St Anthony's College utility player Andrew Rullow silences Speyside High following during Big Four action last season. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: St Anthony’s College utility player Andrew Rullow silences Speyside High following during Big Four action last season.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

“We are in a regrouping phase right now,” St Anthony’s coach Nigel Grosvenor told Wired868. “We have to try and stay afloat this year and look to come back stronger next year.”

While the “Westmoorings Tigers” are struggling to replace the likes of departed defender Isaiah McIntyre and playmaker Matthew Woo-Ling, Trinity College East is adjusting to a new coach after five successive losses—three of which came under previous coach Adrian Romain.

Romain was the second SSFL coach to be replaced last week after Fatima College also relieved Jason Spence of his duties.

At Westmoorings, with new coach Gerald Pollonais at the helm, Trinity’s “Blue Hawks” suffered loss number six.

“It is a transition and we have a young team of mainly fourteen and fifteen year-olds so we are building,” said Pollonais. “The message we want to send to them is to enjoy this (SSFL) because when this is over it is not coming back.

“Twenty years from now they will meet their friends and talk about this event with fondness. So we are encouraging them to be positive.”

Photo: St Mary's College attacker Ethan Shim (right) tries to hold off Trinity College East defender Christian Ransome during previous SSFL Premier Division action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: St Mary’s College attacker Ethan Shim (right) tries to hold off Trinity College East defender Christian Ransome during previous SSFL Premier Division action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

On the field of play, the young Hawks were full of vigour and enthusiasm. But those attributes never really translated into threatening moments for Tigers custodian Jabari Brice or sweeper Joseph Simon.

At the other end, the Tigers attack was also subdued as St Hillaire and dangerous front man Kwesi “Jep” Allen found it difficult to find their shooting ranges.

But a halftime talk by Grosvenor got the Tigers prowling again.

“We spoke to them at half time and we told them settle down and stop arguing,” said Grosvenor. “(We said) just relax and play what we practiced, which is knocking the ball around.”

The Tigers definitely started moving the ball around with more confidence and guile in the second half and the introductions of Clauzel and striker Nkosi Salandy helped.

St Hillaire, who won the 2014 Intercol title with the now relegated Mucurapo East Secondary last season, sprung to life with a switch to the right flank and played a big part to play in St Anthony’s opener in the 61st minute.

Photo: East Mucurapo Secondary forward Kathon St Hillaire (right) tries to keep the ball from St Benedict's defender Rondell Payne during a 2014 SSFL Premier Division clash. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: East Mucurapo Secondary forward Kathon St Hillaire (right) tries to keep the ball from St Benedict’s defender Rondell Payne during a 2014 SSFL Premier Division clash.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Allen picked out St Hillaire at the far post with a precise cross from the left flank and the winger unselfishly headed the ball back into the path of Clauzel, who had the simple task of tapping home.

“Offside ref, offside ref!” shouted the eager Trinity supporters

But no flag was raised in their favour.

Orr tried to respond for Trinity in the 70th minute but St Anthony’s College goalkeeper Jabari Brice made a smart save from point blank range.

The Tigers attacked Trinity viciously in search of the game-clinching goal but “Jep” and St Hillaire still had problems finding the old onion bag.

Four minutes into stoppage time, St Hillaire finally put his demons to rest as he calmly slotted home after another lovely cross by “Jep” from the left wing.

Photo: Trinity College East defender Kemuel Keshwar (left) and St Mary's College attacker Aaron Skeene contest the ball in 2015 SSFL Premier Division action earlier this season. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinity College East defender Kemuel Keshwar (left) and St Mary’s College attacker Aaron Skeene contest the ball in 2015 SSFL Premier Division action earlier this season.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Grosvenor will definitely hope that his boys can maintain their second half intensity when they face defending champions, Naparima College, on Wednesday.

(Teams)

St Anthony’s College (1-3-4-2): 1.Jabari Brice (GK); 18.Joseph Simon (captain); 20.Brent Joel, 15.Nicholas Moyou, 9.Shakeem Patrick; 11.Afriel Kerr (21.Nkosi Salandy 46), 16.Gyasi Moore (13.Shem Clauzel 46), 8.Jules Lee, 7.Kathon St Hillaire; 19.Andrew Rullow, 10.Kwesi “Jep” Allen.

Unused Substitutes: 22.Oba Augustine (GK), 17.Raheem Borde, 12.Jediel Harewood, 4.Haile Beckles.

Coach: Nigel Grosvenor

 

Trinity College East (4-2-3-1): 22.Shamall Joseph (GK); 6.Jalani Augustus, 3.Stephan Ealie, 17.Christian Ransome (captain), 15.Romario Williams; 7.Andre Raymond (26.Darius Pierre 87), 21.Davidson Lawrence; 9.Kishion Hackshaw, 18.Fortune Rivaldo (14.Akeino Edwards 77), 25.Myles Ryan (24.Jarved Elcock 55); 20.Nickel Orr.

Unused Substitutes: 16.Kemuel Keshwar, 19.Jonathan Plaza, 23.Winston Guiseppi.

Coach: Gerald Pollonais

 

Referee: Ishmael Mohammed

Man of the Match: Kathon St Hillaire (St Anthony’s College)

Photo: Naparima College full back Nicholas Thomas (left) controls the ball while QRC midfielder Demetri Dunkley looks on during SSFL Premier Division action. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Naparima College full back Nicholas Thomas (left) controls the ball while QRC midfielder Demetri Dunkley looks on during SSFL Premier Division action.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

SSFL Premier Division results

(Saturday September 26)

St Anthony’s 2 (Shem Clauzel 61, Kathon St Hillaire 90+4), Trinity College East 0 at Westmoorings;

Presentation San F’do 3 (Kori Cupid 24, Terrell Williams 38, Kareem Riley 71), Speyside High 2 (Kerri McDonald 6, Marcus Caesar 57) at Guaracara Park;

St Benedict’s College 0, Naparima College 0 at St Benedict’s;

QRC 3, Fyzabad Secondary 2 at QRC; (Game incomplete due to pitch invasion)

Trinity College Moka 2, Fatima College 2 at Moka;

St Mary’s College 2, Carapichaima East 2 at St Mary’s;

San Juan North 2 (Brandon Semper 1, Brent Sam 75), St Augustine 0 at San Juan;

Photo: Carapichaima East Secondary's Cadiz Chandler (left) tackles Speyside High School's Shaffie McKenzie during previous SSFL Premier Division action today in Speyside, Tobago. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Carapichaima East Secondary’s Cadiz Chandler (left) tackles Speyside High School’s Shaffie McKenzie during previous SSFL Premier Division action today in Speyside, Tobago. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Upcoming SSFL fixtures

(Wednesday October 30)

Shiva Boys HC v Presentation San F’do, 3.45 pm, Penal;

Naparima College v St Anthony’s College, 3.45 pm, Lewis St, San F’do;

Speyside High School v QRC, 3.45 pm, Speyside;

Fatima College v St Benedict’s College, 3.45 pm, Fatima;

Fyzabad Secondary v St Mary’s College, 3.45 pm, Fyzabad;

St Augustine v Trinity College Moka, 3.45 pm, St Augustine;

Carapichaima East v San Juan North, 3.45 pm, Carapichaima;

Photo: San Juan North star Brent Sam (right) keeps the ball away from Fatima playmaker Sebastien Camacho (centre) during SSFL action on Wednesday. (Courtesy Kerlon Orr/Wired868)
Photo: San Juan North star Brent Sam (right) keeps the ball away from Fatima playmaker Sebastien Camacho (centre) during SSFL action on Wednesday.
(Courtesy Kerlon Orr/Wired868)

SSFL Standings (Tabulated as Played-Won-Drew-Lost-Goals For-Goals Against-Points)

Naparima College 6-5-1-0-10-2-16

Presentation SF     6-5-0-1-15-9-15

Shiva Boys HC        5-4-0-1-7-2-12

San Juan North     6-4-0-2-10-6-12

St Mary’s College  6-3-1-2-12-5-10

St Benedict’s           5-3-1-1-6-6-10

St Anthony’s            5-2-1-2-7-9-7

St Augustine Sec    6-2-1-3-6-8-7

QRC                              5-1-3-1-5-5-6

Fyzabad Sec              4-2-0-2-6-8-6

Trinity Moka            5-1-2-2-11-12-5

Speyside High          5-1-1-3-9-12-4

Carapichaima E      6-0-3-3-5-10-3

Fatima College        6-0-2-4-8-13-2

Trinity East               6-0-0-6-414-0

About R.Walcott

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Roneil Walcott is a Journalism and Public Relations student at COSTAATT and a freelancer at Wired868. Walcott is an avid sports fan and former Harvard Cricket Clinic member and ex-St. Mary’s College cricket player.

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15 comments

  1. Also happened at St Benedicts about 4 or 5 years ago

  2. Lasana, the only instance of a coach not finishing a SSFL season that I can recall was in 1991 when Colin Murray stepped down as coach of Fatima College over a disagreement with the school over one of his senior players. I hope that my beloved alma mater doesn’t suffer the similar fate of relegation as it did in 1991.

  3. And barely three weeks into the competition eh Chabeth. I found that quite remarkable. Especially when the two coaches are quite experienced and surely know a thing or two about the sport.
    But we will see if it helps the respective schools. (Of course, I don’t know if there were non-football issues at play. But nobody has said so thus far).

  4. Coaches get fired from SSFL teams? Sheesh!

  5. anybody heard rumours of a fight breaking out between qrc and fyzabad players yesterday and the game not finishing?

  6. Yea. Vice Captain Kishon Hackshaw. 15 years and on the National U17 team. Great player and model student

  7. Really like their #9. Believe his name is Hackshaw.

  8. Staying up won’t be a walk in the park from hereon in though

  9. Trinity East has the youngest team on average in the SSFL this year. Talented players but inexperienced. Performances are getting better by the game. I have confidence that we won’t be relegated though. Next year 90% of the players will now be in Forms 5 and 4 so we will be a stronger force to be reckoned with

  10. Quick correction lost 3 consecutive ,I am guessing the new coach will be replaced this week as he holds the same record,
    P.s. “Chronicles of Controversy: The TCE Truth” coming soon ?

  11. Lasana, or anyone else, knows how many of East Mucurapo players end up with other teams since last year?