The trinidad Guardian / Presentation College, San Fernando, the 2017 Secondary School Football League champion, will kick-off its Coca Cola InterCol title quest today when it comes up against Point Fortin East Secondary in a quarter-final match-up at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella from 3.30 pm.
It will be the feature match of a double-header at the venue, as Shiva Boys Hindu College, which was dethroned as league champion in the protest room for its use of playing eligibility players, oppose Moruga
Secondary in the opener at 1.30 pm. Shiva Boys were demoted to last place in the Premier Division and will play in the Championship Division next season.
Point Fortin East which defeated Princes Town 3-2 to book its place in the quarter-final, will come up against Presentation’s potent attack the likes of Jayie Sheppard the team’s leading scorer with eight goals, Omari Baird and Ackeel Jacob both with seven apiece and back up by the talented Nathaniel Dyer and Jordan Riley. The team will by guided by its head coach Shawn Cooper, who has been at the helm of the school’s fortunes for the last nine years.
Presentation will been seeking to continue where it left off from league play on November 4, after registering 11 wins from 14 matches with just one loss so far this season. The team will attempt to record its sixth consecutive win as it seeks to go one better in the knock-out tournament after losing to San Juan in last year’s title match.
There are eight matches to be played across the twin Island Republic, with Bon Accord being the venue for a double-header that will feature Goodwood Secondary vs Pentecostal Light & Life which kicks-off at 3 pm and two hours later, Signal Hill Secondary which finished 14th in the 15-team Premier Division and will be demoted for the 2018 season will put their pride on the line against Roxborough Secondary two hours later.
In the East, San Juan North Secondary which place fourth in the Premier Division, will be guest to El Dorado East Secondary at Warren Street, while St Augustine Secondary comes up against Arima North Secondary at the Marvin Lee Stadium in Mocoya.
In north, fans have a choice of two venues. QRC and St Francis College (Formerly Belmont Boys RC Secondary) have a date at Fatima Grounds in Mucurapo form, 3 pm, while St Anthony’s College, the Premier Division third place team and Trinity College, Moka will provide the entertainment at the Hasely Crawfiord Stadium, Training Training Field. Both matches kicks at 3.30 pm.
The winners of today’s contests will qualify for semi-final play which commences on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at various venues.
Friday’s programme which saw 25 goals scored, with the biggest win recorded by Naparima College which swamped Pleasantville Secondary 6-0, at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium and Chaguanas North Secondary hammered Preysal Secondary 6-2 at Woodford Lodge Ground, Chaguanas.
Naps got double strikes from Ronaldo Mc Intosh in the 29th and 36th minutes, and Judah St Louis (79th and 81st) to extend his season tally to 13, while Rondell Payne netted in the 77th and Rushawn Murphy added his name to the scoresheet in the 80th to complete the rout.
For Chaguanas Zidane Martin scored his first hat-trick for the season with Roberto Lambert, Darren McIntosh and Drei Guisseppi completing the win their items.