Chaguanas North Secondary held their nerve to beat Carapichaima East Secondary 4-3 on penalty kicks to clinch the Coca Cola Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Central Zone InterCol title, at the Ato Boldon Stadium, in Balmain, Couva, yesterday.
It took kicks from the penalty spot to separate the two Central Zone teams after a 1-1 deadlock at the end of 90 minutes.
Chaguanas North went ahead when David Maloney's bullet beat Carapichaima goalkeeper Juamal Ramkumar in the 49th minute.
But Caps surged back through who else but national under-20 player Shaquille Holder. In the 74th minute, Holder found a way past Chaguanas keeper Maalik Campbell when he collected a pass from substitute Akeel James and blasted his shot into the roof of the net.
Caps pressed hard for the go-ahead goal, the combination of Joshua Eneau and Holder causing a lot of problems for the Chaguanas defence. But the Central Zone league champs could not find a second goal.
From the penalty spot, Caps took an early lead, Kern Alexis and Larry Browne burying their shots in the corner. Chaguanas had a lot of work to do after Maloney's kick was saved by Ramkumar and Jaron Humphrey's effort was hit over the bar.
Caps, though, missed their next two, and Chaguanas scored four in a row to clinch the title.
Carapichaima created more chances to score during the game, starting as early as the first minute when Holder collected a short pass from Sebastian Kumar and had a go at goal.
So it continued for most of the half with Chaguanas occasionally breaking up the field on the counterattack but never really troubling the Carapichaima keeper, Ramkumar until the back end of the first period.
Caps piled on the pressure in the latter stages of the first half. Yaseen Rivas' attempt in the 33rd minute forced a diving save from Campbell, who just managed to get a hand to the ball to send it out for a corner.
At halftime, the score was goalless.
Chaguanas North started the second half with more positive intent, and Maloney broke the deadlock. Caps equalised through Holder, but the winner eluded the Big Five champions, and they eventually lost in the penalty eliminator.
InterCol action continues today with Presentation College San Fernando meeting Shiva Boys Hindu College for the South title, at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella, from four p.m.