HEADING CLEAR: St Mary's College's Akhil Noel, left, heads the ball during the Coca Cola Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) InterCol North Zone quarterfinal match against Queen's Royal College at Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain yesterday. St Mary's won 2-0 to secure their place in the zonal semi-finals. –Photo: AYANNA KINSALE

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Tigers brush past Malick to Zonal semis

By Kern De Freitas

St Anthony's College eased into the Coca Cola InterCol North Zone semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Malick Secondary yesterday at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Meanhwile, two second half goals by Sebastien Cabral and Jamiel Williams gave St Mary's College a 2-0 victory over old rivals Queen's Royal College in the second match of the double-header.

In the first game, a goal in each half for the "Tigers'" skipper Jamali Garcia was enough to get the job done for the defending InterCol champions, while Malick did show some promise for next season, but not enough to extend this one.

Garcia scored from the penalty spot shortly before the break, then headed home a corner to ensure no late nerves for his team.

It was not the most impressive showing from the Westmoorings boys, but they will move on knowing there is room for improvement.

Still, they could have at the very least doubled their score before the final whistle, had winger Trevin Latapy and striker Adrian Millette hit net instead of air with Malick goalkeeper Lester Durham at their mercy late on.

Garcia's header had made things comfortable for St Anthony's since the 55th minute, when Adriel Kerr floated in a lovely free kick.

Millette and Kerr also missed the target from within the penalty area.

The Tigers stuggled early up to turn attack into goals, with Malick defending strongly. The Senior Division winners look determined to keep St Anthony's out of their defence, and they were successful in limiting the shots on goal in the first half hour.

St Anthony's dominated possession, but they themselves looked scrappy in front, and not tight enough in the back.

T&T under-20 midfielder Xavier Rajpaul took some time to find his stride in the Tigers' engine room and once he did, they looked a lot more positive.

Malick did have two good chances though. Once where Encoce David was gifted a back pass by Jonathan Cruickshank, before last stopper Jamali Garcia cleaned up. The other was a missed chance from Quincy Ballah in the 33rd at the near post from a corner kick.

Midfielder Keane McIvor and Millette did much of the probing for St Anthony's, and the latter forced a mistake in the 42nd by Malick defender Anthony Charles.

Garcia buried the penalty for a 1-0 half-time lead, and made his team's progress sure in the second period.

Yesterday's Coca Cola SSFL InterCol scores

North Zone

St Anthony's College 2 (Jamali Garcia 43rd (pen), 55th) vs Malick Secondary 0

QRC 0 vs St Mary's College 2 (Sebastien Cabral 70th, Jamiel Williams 80th)

East Zone

Arima North Secondary 5 (Jomoul Francois 28th, Kwesi Winsor 50th, Rondel Elie 61st, Marcus Gomez 75th, Shilo Johnson 80th) vs Valencia Secondary 0

Trinity College East 1 (Antonio Auguste 82nd) vs El Dorado East Secondary 0

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