‘Gustine’ drop points
Kern De Freitas
St Augustine Secondary dropped their first points of their first points of the 2013 season yesterday in a 0-0 draw away to El Dorado West Secondary, while Trinity College continued their good start, beating San Juan North Secondary 3-1 at San Juan to close the gap on St Augustine to four points.
Trinity overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit with three second half goals to head back to Trincity with three points.
Yesterday, Bourg Mulatresse was not a happy hunting ground for San Juan.
Home advantage should have counted for more than it did, especially after they took the lead in the 11th minute through Kaylon Alexander, who stabbed home a loose ball in a crowded penalty area to set the small home crowd cheering. But that was where their joy ended.
San Juan were guilty of wasting chances. They dominated the first half, but almost wilfully they missed the target in the face of suspect goalkeeping by the diminutive Myron Mark, noticeable more for his unsure grip than his bright red shirt.
But things changed in the second half. Trinity’s urgent hustle paid off in just three minutes, as San Juan surrendered the ball in their half, and although Tarik John stumbled at the top of the box, his pass to Jelani John allowing the latter to bury a low shot past goalkeeper Ojari Allen.
San Juan missed some more, with Brent Sam, substitute Shawn Johnson and Joshua Leach missing some whoppers.
Their other problem was allowing Trinity room to control midfield, and it hurt them again, this time Trinity going ahead in the 69th when Tarik weaved his way through a crowd of players, none of whom could issue a clearing tackle, made room on his left foot from 12 metres and sent Allen the wrong way.
To add insult to injury, San Juan skipper Josiah Trimmingham earned himself a second yellow card and ejection by tackling Dharon Sutherland in frustration. The visitors took advantage of the extra man, making sure there would be no comeback from their hosts when Jelani nodded home a 76th minute corner by his skipper Akeel Modeste for a 3-1 advantage.
Only St Anthony’s College—with a narrow 3-2 victory over QRC—Presentation College San Fernando, who whipped Shiva Boys 3-1 in Penal, and Carapichaima East Secondary have won all their first round matches so far.
“Caps” beat Presentation College Chaguanas 5-1 at Carapichaima yesterday.
East Mucurapo 1 (Aaqil Campbell 45th) Fatima 0
Malick 0 vs Diego Martin North 1
St Anthony’s 3 (Kadeem Corbin 20th, Kwesi Allen 28th, Jamoul Francois 78th) QRC 2 (Joash Williams 9th, 40th)
Arima North 2 (o.g.; Shiloh Johnson) El Dorado East 0
San Juan North 1 (Kaylon Alexander 11th) Trinity East 3 (Jelani John 48th, 76th; Tarik John 69th)
El Dorado West 0 St Augustine 0
Carapichaima East 5 (Yaseen Rivas 45th, Aaron Kennedy 91st, Joshua Enea 6th, 65th, Justin Joseph 67th) Presentation Chaguanas 1 (Adam Reyes 50th)
Couva West 2 (Dimitrie Arjoon, Elijah King) Vishnu Boys 5 (Dimitrius Bain, Kevon Ramdhanie 2,Christopher Roopnarine 2)
Chaguanas North 5 (David Maloney 4, Jesse Frank 1) Tabaquite 0
Shiva Boys 1 (Marvin Seuradge 68th) Presentation Sando 3 (Shakiel Henry 13th, Angel Williams 16th, Kareem Riley 51st) Princes Town 3 vs Pleasantville 0
St Benedict’s v Mayaro: Match not played
Scarborough 2(Shaquille Vincent 21st, LaShawn Roberts 83rd) Pentecostal Light &Life 0
Speyside 4 Roxborough 1
Mason Hall 4 Signal Hill 1