The Zonal games have been completed and five teams head into a week of high octane football as they vie for the prestigious Inter-Col crown. Today, the Tobago champions Speyside and East champs St. Augustine meet in the first battle with the winner of this fixture advancing to play the south champions.
Naparima triumphed over Presentation this weekend in a game of two halves over rivals Presentation. The game was always expected to be a tight one as Presentation came second to Naps in the Premier League. However, Naps, as has been their habit over the past two seasons, were able to get the result when it mattered and overcame a first half deficit to triumph 3-2.
In the north, the battle was just as fierce as the two ‘Saints’, St. Anthony’s and St. Mary’s faced each other in the final. After an embarrassing 4–0 defeat at the feet of the boys from Frederick Street in the Premier Division earlier this month, the Westmoorings Tigers licked their wounds and came out for revenge. They opened the scoring with a volley by Brent Joel which flew past CIC keeper after the 51st minute. Several minutes later their lead was doubled by an own goal from saints’ defender Nathan Harte.
St Mary’s College struggled to keep pace with the Tigers and in the 85th minute Emilio Saunders was given marching orders for his second bookable offence and St Mary’s coach Trevor Spicer was also dismissed for dissent. The “Saints” pulled a goal back following a goal-mouth scrimmage which was poorly defended, and Shim was on hand to cut the scores to 1–2 with a minute left in regulation time. But the final nail was hammered in the coffin when St. Hillaire buried a fierce low shot in time added on.
St. Anthony’s now advance to the National Inter-Col semi-final on Tuesday where they will meet the winners of the Central Zone, Carapichaima East. Relegated Carapichaima triumphed over Presentation College, Chaguanas 3-0 in their clash on Sunday. Carapichaima, who won the Inter-col title as recently as 2012, will be looking at last years Inter-col champions East Mucurapo for inspiration. ‘Compre’ were similarly relegated from the Premier League before their intercol run and eventual victory. For Carapichaima, and the four other teams, it’s one more week to hold nothing back and give their all in search of the ultimate school boy football glory of being called Intercol Champions.
Mon 23rd Match A Speyside High vs St. Augustine 3:30pm Mt. Pleasant
Tues 24th Match B St. Anthony’s vs Carapichaima East 3:30pm HCS
Wed 25th Match C Naparima vs Winner of A 3:30pm Manny Ramjohn
Mon 30th Match D Winner of C Winner of B TBA