Wednesday, January 24, 2018

'Caps', Gasparillo chase Central title today ...North, South, Tobago winners loom


CAPTAINS CLASH: El Dorado East Secondary captain, defender Kevon De Matas, clashes with his opposite number, left winger Theon James of St Augustine Secondary, when the teams battled for control of the BG T&T Secondary Schools Football League East Zone on Wednesday. St Augustine extended their lead in the zonal standings with a 2-0 win over "El Do". –Photo: CURTIS CHASE

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Four zones in the BG T&T Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) could be decided today as the National "Big Five" competition looms for the winners.

Central Zone will have a winner, with defending champions Carapichaima East Secondary needing a draw at home to Presentation College from 3.45 p.m. to ensure themselves victory, with Gasparillo Secondary are still in the running.

Gasparillo must win on their visit to Waterloo High School and hope Carapichaima lose to challenge for their first Big Five title.

In the North, East Mucurapo Secondary are the only team in striking distance of leaders St Anthony's College.

The "Tigers", currently on a perfect 15 points, are on a bye this round. Mucurapo have nine points from four matches and must beat Trinity College at Moka to keep their title aspirations alive.

St Mary's (seven points) have officially given up their title, but will travel to Mucurapo Road to meet Fatima College (six) in the hunt for second place, while Queen's Royal College and Malick Secondary play at QRC (three points) in the battle of the cellar-placed teams.

Even if Malick (zero points) win they should remain at the bottom of the table, with a nine-goal difference behind the "Royalians".

Naparima (12 pts) are also in position to regain the South Zone title they lost to Presentation San Fernando in 2009. Only a win against Pleasantville Secondary (eight) at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella, will guarantee them a Big Five spot.

The other team in contention for that title, Shiva Boys, can grab a lifeline by defeating St Benedict's College today at Penal.

With goal difference not much of a factor in the South, wins will prove crucial for each team.

Vessigny and Presentation College, San Fernando, also play today at Mahaica Oval in Point Fortin.

Tobago Zone is a bit more complicated, with Signal Hill Secondary facing Mason Hall Secondary at Signal Hill, and Roxborough Secondary hosting Speyside Secondary.

Scarborough Secondary are on eight points, having played all their matches.

Signal Hill (four) need a win to stay alive, with a re-scheduled fixture against Speyside set for Monday.

If Mason Hall (six) win though, it will put them on an unassailable nine points.

The East Zone will not be decided today, with leaders St Augustine Secondary sitting out the round with a bye.

San Juan North Secondary can draw level with "Gustine" with a defeat of El Dorado East Secondary at neighbouring El Dorado West.

If "El Do" win, they will have a mathematical chance of topping the Zone. If the teams draw, only San Juan will have a prospect of upsetting the "Green Machine". Those teams face off in the final round.

Trinity College East and Toco will also square off at Trincity and Arima North Secondary host winless Barataria South Secondary.

All matches kick off from 3.45 p.m.

Today's SSFL fixtures:

North Zone

Trinity College vs East Mucurapo Sec, Moka

Fatima College vs St Mary's College, Fatima

QRC vs Malick Sec, QRC

East Zone

Trinity College East vs Toco Sec, Trincity

Arima North Sec vs Barataria South Sec, Arima

El Dorado East Sec vs San Juan North Sec, El Dorado West

South Zone

Shiva Boys vs St Benedict's College, Penal

Vessigny Sec vs Presentation College, Mahaica Oval

Naparima College vs Pleasantville Sec, Manny Ramjohn Stadium

Central Zone

Waterloo Sec vs Gasparillo Sec, Waterloo

Carapichaima East Sec vs Presentation College, Carapichaima

Tobago Zone

Roxborough Sec vs Speyside Sec, Roxborough

Signal Hill Sec vs Mason Hall Sec, Signal Hill