A hat trick from Shaquille Holder helped Carapichaima East Secondary clinch the inaugural BGTT Secondary Schools Football League Ormond Gabriel Cup with a fighting come from behind 5-4 victory over St Anthony’s College at Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on Thursday night.
After a steady start, St Anthony’s went ahead in the 18th minute via a Jabbarie Caresquero strike before Holder brought Caps back 15 minutes later with a bullet from outside the penalty area that beat St Anthony’s goalie Carlton Alfonso.
But it was the ten minutes before the half time whistle and the ten minutes after that really decided the outcome.
The “Tigers” again went ahead in the 42nd after a mix up at the back saw Carapichaima’s Kyle Baptiste pass the ball behind the other defenders to Adriel Kerr who had just the keeper Ricardo Paul to beat.
Caps roared back again two minutes later through Simon Joseph’s effort but it was the “Tigers” who went into the dressing room smiling after Shem Clauzel restored their lead in the 45th minute with his shot taking a deflection off a defender and beating Paul as they went into the break 3-2 up.
It was all Carapichaima early in the second period, though, as Holder took apart the St Anthony’s defence to bring his team level.
Three minutes into the second half, he and Joseph combined again to bring their team back in the contest, with Joseph testing the St Anthony’s keeper with a bullet from close range.
Alfonso made a valiant diving effort to keep it out only for the ball to land at the feet of Holder who buried his shot in the back of the net.
Three minutes later Holder put his side in the lead after running onto the ball at the top of the penalty box, drawing the ‘keeper off his line before dancing past him to hit the back for the third time on the night.
Holder also had a hand as Caps extended their lead to 5-3 in the 54th minute, as he passed the ball from the left side corner to find Joseph directly in front of goal. Alfonso had no chance on that occasion and Caps looked like they would run away with the win.
The “Tigers” eventually pulled one back in the 89th minute with Raheam Borde finding the back of the net, but it was too late as Caps celebrated with the trophy.