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Pres to keep hope alive against Trinity

The trinidad Guardian / Presentation College, San Fernando, faces a mathematical chance of copping the title in the Premier Division of the Secondary Schools Football League in their next two matches, but they must first beat Trinity College East today at home in a rescheduled fixture from 3.40pm.

With 26 points in third position, the southern giants can narrow the gap to one point between itself and the top two teams-St Anthony’s and Naparima Colleges, both of which are on 30 points with goal difference separating one from the other. Pres, in its final match on Saturday, will be away to Fatima, knowing that victory could earn them the title if the St Anthony’s Tigers lose to St Mary’s and Naps stumble to defeat against lowly Trinity College, Moka.

Pres manager Andre Benjamin said his players are aware of the situation and will be treating today’s match as a final. “There’s no doubt Trinity East is a tricky team but we have beaten them last year and will strive to get a similar result again,” Benjamin said.

Apart from the Pres/Trinity East encounter, today’s round of rescheduled fixtures will also feature a clash between minnows Signal Hill Secondary and Trinity College Moka in the sister-isle of Tobago from 3.40pm.

Benjamin lamented the critical points dropped in matches against St Anthony’s, Naparima and Shiva Boys’ Hindu College earlier in the season, saying they would not have been in such a position today. He believes however, the experience gained in matches where his team did not maximise on the opportunities at gaining full points, will impact on the young players on their learning curve.

He said today’s key clash will be determined by the team that clicks. “It is just how it is in sports, but we will no doubt be going all out to do our best,” Benjamin said.

WALTER ALIBEY  

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