Saints into Big 5 final
Green Machine lose for the first time this season...
Ian Prescott email@example.com
St Augustine Secondary boys lost their first match of the season but only beaten 6-5 on sudden-death penalty kicks.
This, after yesterday’s BG T&T/First Citizens Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) “Big Five” semi-final match-up against St Mary’s College ended in a 0-0 draw yesterday evening at Larry Gomes Stadium, Arima.
Yesterday’s semi was tame by any standard. The first half ended without any of the goals promised by “Saints” coach Jason Edwards a day earlier, and without much action, as play took place mainly in the middle of the park.
However, the North champions St Mary’s could still boast of having the two best chances of the half, both turned wide by striker Chinua Bernard in quick succession, half hour into the match. St Augustine keeper Romario Romain also had a nervous situation just before the half ended when taking a looping ball just before it entered his goal.
St Augustine offered little going forward in the first half, but could have been ahead early when a St Mary’s college defender stuck out a leg and almost turned the ball past’ keeper Christian Attong.
Facing a better organised team, St Augustine changed tactics and began looking better in the second half. The Green Machine defended in numbers and also had solid work from centre-back Makesi Quashie. They also tried to catch the Saint up field when counter attacking with pace, and using the speed of national youth players Aikim Andrews and Akeem Garcia.
St Augustine almost had something to shout about in the 65th when striker Ricardo John isolated himself with keeper Attong by stealing the ball, when one of the Saint players over indulged.
John attempted to go around Attong, but the very capable Saint keeper did remarkably well to grab the ball. The very tall John again found himself racing towards Attong when the ball was kicked long into the CIC half, but Attong got to there first.