Fierce southern rivals, Naparima College and Presentation College (San Fernando), will meet in the South Zone Intercol final for the second year running after both schools cleared semifinal hurdles today in a double header at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella.
Naparima, who are seeking to become the first team in the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division era to retain all three titles, edged Pleasantville Secondary 1-0 thanks to an Isa Bramble strike. ‘P-ville’ drew 2-2 with Naparima during the regular season but could not get the better of the southern juggernauts today.
In the other South Intercol semifinal, Presentation had things mostly their own as a double by Dantaye Gilbert and a solitary strike by Jaiye Sheppard paced the ‘Pres Lions’ to a 3-0 win.
Naparima needed penalties to beat Presentation to the pre-season Digicel Cup while the two schools played to a goalless draw during the 2019 Premier Division season.
Another close contest can be expected next Monday when they meet from 3.30pm at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium for the South Intercol final.
No two teams have dominated their respective zone quite as much as Speyside High and Signal Hill Secondary, though. Today, the two schools secured their respective spots in the Tobago Zone Intercol final for the sixth straight time.
Speyside won the first two Tobago Intercol titles of the Premier era in 2014 and 2015 but Signal Hill won their last three final meetings.[sports-match template=”logos” match=”57801″]
In Plymouth today, Speyside led Scarborough Secondary 3-0 at one point but breathed a sigh of relief at the final whistle as the city school pulled two goals back against the ‘Country Boys’. By the final whistle, Speyside, the sole Tobago team in the 2019 Premier Division, had held on for a 3-2 triumph.
Signal Hill managed slightly more daylight space in their semifinal contest as they downed Goodwood Secondary 3-1.
The Signal Hill and Speyside players will have barely 48 hours before they march out at Plymouth again with the Tobago title at stake.
(Tuesday 19 November)
Presentation (San F’do) 3 (Dantaye Gilbert , Jaiye Sheppard), St Benedict’s College 0 in South semifinals at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;
Naparima College 1 (Isa Bramble), Pleasantville Secondary 0 in South semifinals at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;
Speyside High 3 (Tyshawn Gray, Adriel George, Nicholas Sanchez), Scarborough Secondary 2 (Mikel James, Giovanni Yorke) in Tobago semifinals at Plymouth;
Goodwood Secondary 1, Signal Hill Secondary 3 in Tobago semifinals at Plymouth.
Upcoming Intercol fixtures
(Wednesday 20 November)
Carapichaima East v Chaguanas North, Central final, 4pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
(Thursday 21 November)
San Juan Secondary v St Augustine Secondary, East final, 3.30pm, Larry Gomes Stadium;
Speyside High v Signal Hill Secondary, Tobago final, 3.30pm, Plymouth;
(Friday 22 November)
St Anthony’s College v East Mucurapo Secondary, North final, 4pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium;
(Monday 25 November)
Presentation College (San F’do) v Naparima College, South final, 3.30pm, Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;
(Tuesday 26 November)
North v Tobago, National quarters, 4pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium;
(Friday 29 November)
Central v East, National semifinals, 3pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
South v North/Tobago, National semifinals, 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
(Wednesday 4 December)
Central/East v South/Tobago/North, National Intercol final, 4.30pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.