Shiva Boys Hindu College signed off on the 2016 Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division regular season in style today, as a Junior Asson hattrick helped the newly crowned champions to a 4-2 come from behind 4-2 win over Fatima College at Mucurapo Road.
The victory meant that the Penal-based school, who lost once all season and managed 12 wins with one draw, finished with a record points total of 37, which was two better than Naparima College’s 35-point title triumph last year. Shiva’s only defeat, incidentally, came away to lowly San Juan North in their third outing.
Presentation College (San Fernando) finished second and snatched the final automatic qualifying place for the Big Four competition, which will also feature the two Intercol finalists.
If either Shiva Boys or Presentation College or both get to the Intercol final, then third placed Naparima or fourth placed St Anthony’s College will sneak in to the post-season tournament.
The big story today, though, came in the bottom half of the table where St Benedict’s College—after a month at the bottom of the standings—surged clear of the relegation zone in the last game of the season, as they edged Trinity College (Moka) to roar from 15th to 11th place.
Benedict’s win today was their third straight triumph and fourth unbeaten result on the trot, as coach Leonson Lewis, a former Strike Squad star, saved the blushes of the proud southern institution at the death. And, remarkably, all three wins were by a solitary goal from Dettori Boucher, who saved his school today with a 39th minute free kick.
No such luck for Queen’s Royal College, though, as the “Royalians” slipped into the relegation zone at the worst possible time and will play in the Championship Division next season.
Northern neighbours, St Anthony’s College, read QRC their last rites with a 4-0 rout in St Clair that sealed their fate. They will have Fatima and Pleasantville Secondary for company as both failed to provide a late miracle for their fans—Pleasantville were whipped 3-0 on their own school ground by Presentation today.
On Friday evening, the competition to take their places in the top flight begins in earnest with Trinity College East, Speyside High and Carapichaima East all in the hunt for for an immediate return to the Premier Division.
But they will have to fight their way past Malick Secondary and Princes Town West Secondary, who are both pushing for their first taste of the Premier action, with only three spots available.
Speyside host Princes Town West from 3.30pm on Friday while Trinity East tackle Carapichaima East in Trincity. Malick Secondary are on a bye for the first round of matches.
SSFL Premier Division results
(Wednesday 26 October)
Signal Hill 1 (Akil Frank 87 pen), San Juan North 0 at Signal Hill;
QRC 0, St Anthony’s College 4 (Che Benny 41, Derron John 51 pen, Yevan Rajpaul 71, Tyrese Bailey 90+3) at QRC;
East Mucurapo 2 (Jesse Williams 39, 67), Fyzabad Secondary 1 (Alleric Williams 56) at Moka;
St Augustine 0, Naparima College 1 (Renaldo McIntosh 4) at St Augustine;
Pleasantville 0, Presentation San F’do 3 (James Alex Lee Yaw 50, Jared Gordon 54, 81) at Pleasantville;
St Benedict’s College 1 (Dettori Boucher 28), Trinity College Moka 0 at Mahaica, P/Fortin;
Fatima College 2 (Justin Araujo-Wilson 64, 67), Shiva Boys HC 4 (Yohannes Richardson 45 pen, Junior Asson 70, 90+1, 90+3) at Fatima;
St Mary’s College are on a Bye.
SSFL Premier Division standings
(Tabulated as Played-Won-Drew-Lost-Goals For-Goals Against-Points)
Shiva Boys HC 14-12-1-1-35-12-37
Presentation SF 14-10-2-2-32-11-32
St Anthony’s 14-9-1-4-38-21-28
Signal Hill 14-6-2-6-16-13-20
St Augustine 14-5-5-4-15-12-20
Fyzabad Sec 14-6-2-6-26-25-20
St Mary’s 14-5-5-4-15-25-20
Trinity Moka 14-5-3-6-7-17-18
East Mucurapo 14-4-3-7-13-19-15
St Benedict’s 14-3-3-8-7-21-12
San Juan North 14-3-2-9-21-24-11
Fatima College 14-2-3-9-15-27-9