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‘Pres’ topple San Juan, Terrell free kick takes southerners second

A second half free kick by Presentation College (San Fernando) midfielder Terrell Williams stunned the Bourg Mulatresse faithful yesterday and propelled “Pres” to second in the SSFL Premier Division standings after a 3-2 triumph over San Juan North Secondary.

Photo: Queen's Royal College (QR) attacker Demetri Dunkley (left( bustles past St Mary's College and defender Jerome Dempster-Babb during SSFL action yesterday at St Mary's College grounds in St Clair.  QRC won 0-3  (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Queen’s Royal College (QR) attacker Demetri Dunkley (left( bustles past St Mary’s College and defender Jerome Dempster-Babb during SSFL action yesterday at St Mary’s College grounds in St Clair.
QRC won 0-3
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Williams’ 77th minute free kick was no master class but it was good enough to bewilder San Juan North custodian D’Andre Villaroel and his defenders before settling in the back of the net.

“Coming to San Juan and defeating them at a venue like this is like capturing six points,” Pres coach Shawn Cooper told Wired868.

A day at San Juan’s Bourg Mulatresse ground is never easy and Cooper must have been relieved that the home team was willing to help Pres out yesterday. San Juan defender Kenyan Huggins inadvertently knocked the ball into his own net in the fourth minute while trying to cut out a dangerous cross by lively Pres winger Nion Lammy.

And just like that Bourg was behind.

Teams rarely come to Bourg and keep talismanic striker Brent Sam out of the thick of things, and in the 19th minute Sam showed why he is the most feared schoolboy with the ball at his feet; particularly his left.

Photo: San Juan North striker Brent Sam. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: San Juan North striker Brent Sam.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

“I coached Sam at National level and I know his strengths and his weaknesses,” said Cooper. “So the plan was to put one man in front and one behind to kinda stop his natural course of playing the ball.”

Presentation centre-backs Kori Cupid and Shirwin Noel momentarily forgot Cooper’s memo as they both missed a lobbed ball which Sam quickly raced on to and dispatched ruthlessly.

The boisterous Bourg crowd, inclusive of Central FC playmaker Marvin Oliver, made their voices heard as the pendulum appeared to swing San Juan’s way while an anxious Cooper reiterated instructions to his players.

And the 300-plus home crowd roared again in the 27th minute as pint-sized fan favourite Jerome Cyrus slammed past Pres custodian Ishmael Salaam from inside the penalty area after a failed clearance.

All the while, Presentation wingers Lammy and National Under-17 player Keston Julien were running San Juan rugged down the flanks, as the hosts often resorted to illegal measures to stop the tricky duo.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago left back Keston Julien celebrates his goal against Guatemala in the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship. Julien made his senior competitive debut for Connection last month at just 16 years old. (Courtesy MexSport/CONCACAF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago left back Keston Julien celebrates his goal against Guatemala in the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship.
Julien made his senior competitive debut for Connection last month at just 16 years old.
(Courtesy MexSport/CONCACAF)

Bourg’s luck ran out in the 39th minute though, after another foul on Julien, as Noel rose to nod home Cupid’s lofted left-side free kick back across Villaroel’s goal and into the far corner.

“I thought the ball was long enough in the air for the keeper to come,” said San Juan coach Jerry Moe, “but that’s his decision.”

Villoroel got the home fans back in his corner in the first minute of the second half, as he made a double save to thwart an effort from striker Nate Brooks and a cheeky near post attempt by the dangerous Lammy.

Referee Keilon Bacchus was never slow to blow his whistle yesterday in Bourg Mulatresse. But, crucially, Bacchus held his breath in the 49th minute when San Juan midfielder Rhondel Gibson went down in a heap inside the opposing box.

The second half action was nowhere near the relentless pace set in the first half but both teams still tried their luck from long range.

Photo: St Mary's College midfielder Matthaeus Granger (left) challenges QRC defender Janos Lashley during SSFL action yesterday. QRC won 3-0. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: St Mary’s College midfielder Matthaeus Granger (left) challenges QRC defender Janos Lashley during SSFL action yesterday. QRC won 3-0.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Pres midfielder Kareem Riley looked particularly intent to score from distance and he fluttered some Bourg hearts in the second half with his venomous right foot.

“Don’t worry yuh bursting that net just now,” muttered a Pres supporter.

Sam nearly beat him to that honour at the opposite end, in the 69th minute, when he faked two defenders out of the game before hitting a left-footed shot against the post.

But yesterday belonged to Pres.

Lammy went on another determined run down the right flank in the 77th minute before being hacked down by Kareem John. And, like in the first half, the San Juan schoolboys were punished for their transgression.

Williams hammered a dangerous looking cross-cum-shot into the area which evaded Pres skipper Kyle Moodie and Villaroel before bouncing into the net.

Photo: Presentation College (San Fernando) and Trinidad and Tobago national youth coach Shawn Cooper gestures from the sidelines during the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship. (Courtesy Mexsport/CONCACAF)
Photo: Presentation College (San Fernando) and Trinidad and Tobago national youth coach Shawn Cooper gestures from the sidelines during the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship.
(Courtesy Mexsport/CONCACAF)

“The goalkeeper went out of what we did in practice because we don’t ever put somebody on the post,” Moe told Wired868. “We don’t do it for that same reason because it causes a crowd in front of him.”

The lethal Sam had chances from both open play and set pieces in the dying moments but was unable to beat Salaam or the post again in the contest.

“I give all the praises and glory to the boys because they fought hard from the first minute to the last,” said Cooper.

(Teams)

San Juan North (4-2-3-1): 1.D’Andre Villaroel (GK); 12.Warren Chase, 4.Kenyan Huggins, 16.Kyle Williams, 17.Kareem John; 29.Lukman Brooks, 5.Rhondel Gibson; 19.Joshua Leach, 20.Jerome Cyrus (11.Joshua Jerome 82), 28.Chike Aming (6.Brandon Semper 55); 9.Brent Sam (captain).

Unused Substitutes: 15.Myles Oliver, 18.Maldini Diaz, 24.Obadele Dickson, 26.Tigana O’Brien, 27.Mazi Lewis.

Coach: Jerry Moe

 

Presentation College S’do (4-4-2): 1.Ishmael Salaam (GK); 16.Mylz Barrington, 23.Kori Cupid, 2.Shirwin Noel, 12.Darnell Hospedales; 7.Nion Lammy, 11.Kareem Riley, 8.Terrell Williams, 15.Keston Julien; 18.Nate Brooks (4.Ayandike Francis 85), 10.Kyle Moodie (9.Levon Bass 90+3) (captain).

Unused Substitutes: 28.Tyrek James (GK), 13.Jarod Gordon, 17.Bradley Lee Foon, 14.Akiel Bridgeman, 19.Jordan Riley.

Coach: Shawn Cooper

 

Man of the Match: Nion Lammy (Presentation College)

Referee: Keilon Bacchus

Photo: QRC playmaker John-Paul Rochford (left) keeps the ball from St Mary's College attacker Ethan Shim during SSFL battle yesterday. QRC won 3-0. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: QRC playmaker John-Paul Rochford (left) keeps the ball from St Mary’s College attacker Ethan Shim during SSFL battle yesterday. QRC won 3-0.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

SSFL Premier Division results

(Saturday October 10)

St Mary’s College 0, QRC 3 at St Mary’s;

Naparima College 3 (Kierron Mason 51, Anderson Toussaint 53, Isaiah Hudson 60), St Augustine 1 (Anthony Samuel 45) at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;

San Juan North 2 (Brent Sam 19, Jerome Cyrus 27), Presentation San F’do 3 (Kenyan Huggins OG 4, Shirwin Noel 39, Terrell Williams 77) at Bourg Mulatresse;

Trinity College East 0, Carapichaima East 2 at Trincity;

Trinity College Moka 2, Shiva Boys HC 2 at Moka;

St Anthony’s College 3 (Kwesi “Jep” Allen 7, 53, Haile Beckles 58), Fyzabad Secondary 1 (Marcus John 77) at Westmoorings;

St Benedict’s College 3 (Nickel Holder 5, 8, Jevaughn Humphrey), Speyside Secondary 0 at Mahaica Oval.

Photo: St Benedict's College attacker Marlon Phillip (right) tries to find a way through the Fatima College defence during SSFL action. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: St Benedict’s College attacker Marlon Phillip (right) tries to find a way through the Fatima College defence during SSFL action.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

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

Naparima College  9-7-1-1-18-5-22

Presentation SF      9-6-2-1-19-12-20

Shiva Boys HC          9-5-3-1-14-7-18

San Juan North       10-6-0-4-18-12-18

QRC                               10-4-5-1-14-8-17

St Benedict’s             9-5-2-2-13-10-17

St Anthony’s             9-5-2-2-16-14-17

St Mary’s College    10-5-1-4-20-12-16

St Augustine Sec     10-4-2-4-15-15-14

Trinity Moka            9-2-4-3-16-17-10

Fyzabad Sec             9-3-0-6-12-18-9

Carapichaima E    10-1-4-5-8-17-7

Fatima College       9-1-3-5-13-16-6

Speyside High        9-1-1-7-9-24-4

Trinity East            9-0-0-9-5-24-0

About R.Walcott

R.Walcott
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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12 comments

  1. Seriously. You’re doing a great job young man. Keep up the good work! The football family is the biggest on the islands, but unable to organise simple things like an up to date website. We can’t go on soccernet to get info on our football. So you’re filling a chasm. Hopefully they’ll get uniforms organised before the qualifiers. I like my Argentina, but I prefer to support my own!

  2. I looked at the game today and your article was spot on so keep the coverage coming.

  3. Lol. So it goes. We cannot always get photographers to the games we cover. But I know you appreciate the fact that we were the only media house that covered the game. 😉
    We will get photographers there eventually.

  4. What ah tell yuh Lasana!
    Too bad Uncle Jack didn’t get to see that ?
    Some notes on this and future articles.
    1. It’s the #PresLions
    2. Only a dated pic of the Coach, and none of the Pres Lions in action? Yet still pics of CIC /QRC and other teams, contrary to the meat of the article.

    I tell yuh Trini hard tuh please ?

  5. Benedicts just under qrc…but otherwise nice article

  6. Ummm. To the author. Mr. Walcott, when CIC playing QRC there’s only one game to cover in that round. Apologies to the other schools. That game is foundation. It’s like a classico, Arsenal vs Tottenham; ManU vs Liverpool and AC vs Inter type of game. But from your credentials I know you already know this. Hope the result didn’t have a part to play in the lack of a match report. Lol.

  7. I believe that the league standings need adjustments. St Benedict (17pts) and Carapachaima (7pts) should be higher than CIC & Gustine (16 & 14 pts) and Fatima (6pts) respectively.