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Intercol 2017: Bourne helps five-star “Caps” to Central final clash with Chaguanas

Carapichaima East Secondary will defend their Coca Cola Intercol Central Zone trophy in the 2017 finals next Monday, as the “Caps” cruised through the semifinal stage today with a 5-0 win over Presentation College (Chaguanas) at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

Caps will square off against Chaguanas North Secondary at the same venue next week after the latter school edged Gasparillo Secondary 1-0 in the opening game of today’s semifinal double-header.

Photo: Chaguanas North Secondary player Emmanuel Corriea (right) heads to goal while Gasparillo Secondary goalkeeper Latchman Seepersad looks on during Intercol Central Zone semifinal action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 15 November 2017.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)

Zidan Martin got the decisive item for Chaguanas North, who recently parted ways with head coach and Women Soca Warriors icon Ahkeela Mollon. It was an unhappy end for Mollon, who led the school to the Central Zone Championship title this season and just missed out on promotion to the Premier Division.

A new coach is likely to be hired next year but today, in Mollon’s absence, Chaguanas North teacher and team manager Germaine Raymond doubled up as coach.

“We had some differences and we couldn’t see eye-to-eye,” Raymond told Wired868, “so we decided to part ways.”

It is not the end of the road for Chaguanas North in the 2017 competition just yet, though, as the “Orange Boys” enjoyed a cold plate of revenge while booking their place in the zonal Intercol final.

“We looked forward to this game because last year Gasparillo beat us 4-0 at this same stage of the competition,” said Raymond. “So for the boys, it was payback; even though we would have preferred to win by a larger result.”

There can be no illusions about the task ahead of Chaguanas North. After all, they are coming up against a team that beat Shiva Boys Hindu College and St Anthony’s College en route to a respectable sixth place finish in the recently concluded Premier Division season.

Photo: Carapichaima East Secondary teammates and brothers Andre St Clair (right) and Brandon St Clair celebrate their 4-1 win over Shiva Boys Hindu College at Carapichaima on 28 October 2017.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)

“Last year, [Carapichaima East] beat us convincingly 7-0 and 6-0,” said Raymond. “So we have those wounds going in to the final…”

Judging from this evening’s affairs, Caps have not lost their hunger for lopsided scorelines either.

Carapichaima led 4-0 at the half and Presentation might thank their lucky stars that the top-flight school only bothered to make one addition to the score summary after the break. Talented winger Theophilus Bourne completed his hat-trick in the 68th minute,  dancing around an opponent before belting past goalkeeper Darius Gopaul and into the top right-hand corner.

Presentation coach Kurt Cruickshank conceded that his boys had met a superior outfit and he could not have asked for much more from them.

“We did a lot of work [in the build-up to the semi-final] knowing who we were playing and with the understanding that they are a Premiership team,” said Cruickshank. “But [Presentation] never got to the pace of the game [and] just didn’t come up to scratch. But I am still proud of them. The challenge [was just too much].”

Photo: Carapichaima East attacker Theophilus Bourne (centre) shoots for goal during Intercol Central Zone semifinal action against Presentation (Chaguanas) at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 15 November 2017.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)

A fluent passing team at their best, Carapichaima, who employed a 3-4-3 formation, pinned Presentation back for long periods as they moved the ball around and constantly probed for openings.

More often than not, captain Mecaheil Alexander was the instigator from central midfield while Bourne, who popped up on either side of the opposing central defensive pair, was the punisher.

It was far from flawless as concentration did stray at times but the scoreline did not flatter Carapichaima in the end.

“We played a little slower than how we usually play when we are competing in the Prem,” said Carapichaima coach Randolph Boyce. “But we had a good game in terms of keeping [and] moving the ball and scoring our chances. We didn’t underestimate the opposition because they played a good defensive game [by] compacting their team defensively.

“So it took some patience to break them down. But all in all, we got the victory and we look to see what the next step is.”

The season has been a mixed bag for Caps, who rattled the big boys only to lose at home to strugglers like Signal Hill Secondary and St Benedict’s College. But the Intercol means a final chance at glory.

Photo: Carapichaima East attacker Josiah King (centre) shoots for goal while Presentation (Chaguanas) defenders Frantz Abdullah (far left) and Jonathan McEachrane (far right) look on during Intercol Central Zone semifinal action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 15 November 2017.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)

“We think for a newly promoted team, finishing mid-table was a lot higher than what many people looking from the outside expected from us,” said Boyce. “Now they know what Caps bring to the Premier Division, [which is] quality, composed football.”

It was all too much for Presentation (Chaguanas).

“We haven’t played a team like this whole season,” said Cruickshank. “We haven’t been exposed to this kind of football so it was kinda difficult for us to match up.

“From here on, our younger players have some Under-16 games still to play. But for our older boys, they will be looking towards [inter-class competition] next week, which is really serious stuff in the school.

“And, of course, they go back to studies because many of our boys in [Form] Six two are future doctors and stuff.”

Carapichaima East’s attention will remain fixed on the football field for the foreseeable future as they look to defend their crown and then hunt another big scalp or two.

“The Intercol is a tricky tournament but we are here to compete and push all the so-called big-name teams,” said Boyce. “Caps is here to play football and we are not afraid of anyone. We respect everyone but we are here to push down to the end and we want to reach the final.”

Standing in their way at present are Chaguanas North.

(Teams)

Carapichaima East (3-4-3): 25.Aaron St Clair (GK); 4.Brandon St Clair, 5.Andre St Clair, 22.Luke Charles, 3.Symron Wiseman, 12.Kirk Torres, 17.Mecaheil Alexander (captain), 9.Kevon Williams (7.Yohance Brereton 77), 8.Theophilus Bourne (15.Jeremy Lara 83), 10.Daniel Pascal (23.Ivan Dos Santos 61), 6.Josiah King,

Unused substitutes: 2.Colin Wheeler, 16.Liju James, 18.Akeil Vesprey, 20.Elijah King.

Coach: Randolph Boyce

Presentation (Chaguanas) (4-3-3): 1.Darius Gopaul (GK); 5.Veron Aqui, 6.Myles McEachrane, 7.Frantz Abdullah, 2.Hakeem Davis; 16.Antonio Roberts (20.Matthias Sudwah 80), 23.Rajean Morris, 14.Christian Singh (21.Randy Jawahir 66); 11.Nathaniel Ferret, 24.Andrew Fernandes (10.Joshua Bobb 55), 22.Kemuel Hagley.

Unused substitutes: 17.Stephan Allong, 16.Jonathan McEachrane, 15.Nathaniel Benny, 19.Shemar Maundy.

Coach: Kurt Cruickshank

Referee: Joel Cox

Man-of-the-Match: Theophilus Bourne (Carapichaima East)

Photo: Carapichaima East Secondary star Theophilus Bourne (far right) enjoys himself during Intercol Central Zone semifinal action against Presentation (Chaguanas) at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 15 November 2017.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)

Today’s Coca Cola Intercol results

(Wednesday 15 November)

Chaguanas North 1 (Zidan Martin), Gasparillo Secondary 0 at Ato Boldon Stadium;

Carapichaima East 5 (Theophilus Bourne 25, 39, 68, Kevon Williams 28, Daniel Pascal 43 pen), Presentation (Chaguanas) 0 at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Photo: St Anthony’s College playmaker Che Benny (right) controls the ball while Fyzabad Secondary player Shamor Mahabir (centre) looks on during SSFL action at Westmoorings on 2 October 2017.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)

Upcoming Intercol fixtures

(Thursday 16 November)

Valencia High v Trinity College East, 1.30pm, East semis, Larry Gomes Stadium;

San Juan North v St Augustine, 3.30pm, East semis, Larry Gomes Stadium;

Bishop’s High School v Signal Hill, 3pm, Tobago semis, Plymouth;

Goodwood Secondary v Speyside High, 5pm, Tobago semis, Plymouth;

St Mary’s College v Fatima College, North semis, 3.30pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium;

QRC v St Anthony’s College, North semis, 3.30pm, St Mary’s College.

Photo: Bishop’s High School player Kaleem Spencer (left) tries to execute a move under pressure from a Valencia Secondary opponent during Big 5 action at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar on 31 October 2017.
(Courtesy Annalisa Caruth/Wired868)

(Friday 17 November)

St Benedict’s College v Naparima College, 1.30pm, South semis, Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;

Shiva Boys HC v Presentation (San F’do), 3.30pm, South semis, Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;

(Monday 20 November)

Carapichaima East v Chaguanas North, Central Zone finals, 4pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

(Tuesday 21 November)

St Mary’s/Fatima v QRC/St Anthony’s, North Zone finals, 3.30pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Tobago Zone finals, TBA;

Photo: Naparima College midfielder Ronaldo McIntosh (centre), surrounded by Speyside High opponents, runs at the defence during SSFL action at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar on 21 October 2017.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

(Wednesday 22 November)

East Zone finals, 5pm, Marvin Lee Stadium;

(Thursday 23 November)

South Zone finals, 3.30pm, Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;

(Monday 27 November)

Tobago v North, National quarterfinals, TBA;

(Thursday 30 November)

East v Tobago/North, 3.30pm, National semifinals, Ato Boldon Stadium;

South v Central, 5.30pm, National semifinals, Ato Boldon Stadium;

South v Central, National Girls Semifinals, TBA;

East v North/Tobago, National Girls Semifinals, TBA;

Photo: The San Juan North Secondary football team dances away with the East Zone Intercol trophy after edging St Augustine Secondary 2-1 in the final at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar on 21 November 2016.
(Courtesy Annalicia Caruth/Wired868)

(Monday 4 December)

National Girls Intercol finals, 3pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

National Boys Intercol Finals, 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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17 comments

  1. This was the weakest Big 5 since its introduction and you didn’t win a game. Stop telling lies the technical staff at the school never interfered with your training or team selections. Tell the nation that you wanted the children to join your academy or is salt for them with your unprofessional manner. Tell them about the recording and your last convo that you had with the principal. A SNAKE THAT SHEDS ITS SKIN IS STILL A SNAKE.

    • The nice thing about living by faith, it have scriptures to read to gain understanding to when things happen in your life and u don’t understand why, and how much comforting Gods word can be. Matthew 26 : 52-54 states, Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?”. This is how my story was suppose to play out at Chaguanas North, lord i accept the lessons, and to you Patterson, God bless u as u filled your vindictive role. This is how it was suppose to go, i accept every hate, that came with my role as coach. Now lord unto your next assignments/lessons., your humble servant

    • Ever since that day all i do is get messages on my phone, sad thing is u thing u spiting me, i am an old fowl, its players who are left to pick up the pieces.#whofeelsitknowsit,#realsolider. While they try to cover someone else light, students/players suffer. You want to witness hate at its highest, take in this teacher, A teacher. U see what our kids have to deal with in school. God cover them. Tru the season i was teaching them to be strong now they teaching me. #impact

  2. Speak the truth you met Chagunas North Starz U14 and u16 champions of Central zone SSFL

  3. There is always a fight down but don’t worry god always have something plan

  4. Every player wrote me, everyone. This is just one.

  5. Lord i pray that u cover me with your blood because you know how much good i am trying to do but the enemy is trying but i know u will prevail. For all who read this, i only responding because at the end off the day all you got is your name. The comment above is Patson , he is the teacher along with Mrs Raymond that undermined me there for this year, so his comment is coming from a place of vindictiveness. We would expect much better from a teacher. Secondly the information stated lack substance. The school played Gasparillo yesterday, first game in the intercol they beat them 1-0, congrats to the boys. You would expect a teacher to come on here and say congrats to the boys and act mature. What he didn’t stated is that this same Gasparillo team is in our regular season competition. We beat them this year 8-0 first game and 4-0 second game. Yesterday they won 1-0. Last year we lost to them 3-1 in the first intercol game, and one player punish us with 3 goals, that same player is no longer with Gasparillo this year but is playing with Moruga hence moruga did so well and made the big five. He is a very quality player. Look at the margin we beat Gasparillo this year and he came on this forum to drag my name all because off vindictiveness. Attached to this, is a photo off how he as a teacher will talk to the kids on the group chat we had, A teacher. The same man who commented on top about miss mollon. And i have so much more negative comments saved, from this same person. They hold the kids who play football there at ransom, because it seem like the other teachers there dont or maybe to busy to be in the sports. So it seems like Patson and raymond only teachers who have time to be with the kids for football. So they use this against the kids, because you need a teacher there in order for the football to play. Hi kids because off me and raymond the football is playing. So with that kinda off attitude and a coach like myself they couldn’t control because off their nagativity, they undermined me, and now miss raymond is coaching. For all who read wired868, and this article i only comment because in life all you have is your name. You guys went team up, went to principal behind my back with lies, things happen like u guys planned, because who then will be with sports for the kids in the school if u guys not involved (so the easiest option was miss mollon) well leave me be now, leave me alone and move on. I worked really hard to have the team playing like how they playing now, reach big five almost qualify, undefeated at u16 level, u14 to be decided and u have no gratitude than to come and comment those words, i left the school on top, stop the crap now. For those who have eyes and wisdom, i sure u know how this went down. But i am a strong person, i am thankful i got to inspire kids to be great and i move on to what God have next. Results speaks for itself, and anytime u can ask any player about Miss Mollon and they will smile and tell u amazing stuff. But dont ask their new coach the teacher and Patterson u will hear words of jealousy because the players respected me to much and they both suppose to be the reason why football is playing in chaguanas north. Just really had to share alittle, because geeze u guys succeeded, now stop discredit me move on.

    • This comment was made to the players, while big five going on, and much more was said. As a coach there, i was under extreme pressure to motivate these kids, while these two teachers work in the background to belittle them, undermine me, but lord u know u give life to ine strong child off youres, never did let it get to me, i kept the smile and kept going for the kids.

    • Ahkeela Mollon people like them are only there to make you stronger , to push even harder to further achievements , if they weren’t around u probably wld be stagnant thinking you’re already doing your best , everything happens for a reason , life is full of test …it does hurt them to see you do good , just keep working hard , GOD has a plan

    • These people are ungrateful Ahkeela you did so much to carry these boys so far and then ended up with the shitty end of the stick. You was an amazing coach to these youths n you even did so much to take them this far but god don’t sleep he don’t like ugly either. You keep your head high up

  6. Coach Mollon failed miserably to get past this stage last year! Boom to the North Starz new coach Mrs. Raymond. I was on a different duty today but Monday Caps “watchout’⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽ North Starz back where we belong Finalls, tadow!