"Naps" Nearing South Zone Crown

Shaun Fuentes
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Trinidad Guardian

Naparima 3 P/Town 1
St Benedict's 1 P/Ville 1
Presentation 3 Moruga 2
Fyzabad 3 Mayaro 1
Mucurapo 2 Malick 1
Tranquillity 3 Morvant/Laventille 1
QRC 4 Fatima 1
St Anthony's 4 CIC 1
El Dorado 2 Carapichaima 1
St Augustine 1 Pres(Chag)1
San Juan 1 Barataria 1
Arima 10 N/Eastern 0

South Zone leaders Naparima College continued their winning ways on Saturday when they trounced Princes Town Senior Comprehensive 3-1 at Skinner Park in second round action of the BWIA Secondary Schools Football League.

Third place St Benedict's College were held to 1-1 tie by Pleasantville SC. The La Romaine lads were down to ten men when Kevon Clement was ejected from play for a viscious tackle on an opposing player. Kendell Davis(27th) and Kenwin Alexander (37th) were the scorers for the Saints and P/Ville respectively. The LA Romaine "Big Truck"(22pts) missed the chance to drive past the beaten Princes Town(22pts) . This sets the stage for a gripping encounter at P/Town today (Monday) when both teams clash in a re-scheduled encounter. Revenge will no doubt be the name of the game for P/Town following their defeat in the Intercol final by the same opponents.

In the feature South Zone affair clash played at Skinner Park, the players of the Naparima team were the ones smiling at the end of the day after coming out winners in the keenly contested affair between them and the "Green Hornets". With just three rounds to go, they are clear favourites to stay innthe lead.

Both teams made cautious starts on the slippery outfield caused by the inclement weather and their was very little for the small crowd on hand to cheer about until Naparima's first goal arrived a minute before the half time break. The build up to the goal was a well orchestrated one. Jason Hector collected a well served return pass from Sancheev Katwaroo on the left flank and Hector's well centred cross was stabbed home by the onrushing Leon Brown, wearing the captain's armban in place of the injured Erasto Neptune. Before this P/Town thought they had a goal when Andre
Marshall's shot came of the left post and with goalkeeper Aquelious Sylvester in no man's land, Anton Ramnarine slotted the ball over the line. However, to their dismay, the goal was ruled offside.

The second half was more entertaining than before the interval with both team creating far more opening than they did in the first. P/Town had an attempt cleared off the line by defender Clint Deverteuil and with Vijay Samaroo moving into his accustomed midfield position, P/Town were now looking far more threatnening in attack. Samaroo looked impressive whenever on the ball. But the pony-tail player was left feeling out done at the end. Having been forced to miss the Intercol final after picking up successive yellow cards, he will again miss the all important clash with the Saints after receiving a booking yesterday, having also received a caution in Thursday's meeting against Moruga Composite.

In the 60th minute, P/Town custodian Sylvester(M) allowed a left sided corner by substitute Atiba McKnight to sneak in on his near post into the net. Coach Jan Steadman and his "Naps" outfit would have been feeling a lot easier in their minds. But their opponents were not going to lie down and die.Soon after the goal, Samaroo's powerful free-kick forced Sylvester(A) to push around his right post and two minutes after that play the "Green Hornets" were awarded a penalty kick after one of their forwards was brought down in the area. Striker Andre "Zato" Marshall made no mistake, hitting to the left of the 'keeper.

The encounter became a tense on in the closing 20 minutes with both teams battling strongly for possession and at times committing unnecessary foul tackles.Despite this there were still moments of good football. On one occasion Naparima's Katwaroo neatly went past big defender De Leon only to see his pass to Irwin Cayerne quickly cleared by the defence.

Then three minutes from time, Katwaroo went down in a heavy tackle from De Leon, causing referee Cassie Moore to award the "Naps" team a penalty. This caused much confusion in the P/Town camp, particularly De Leon who was fortunate not to have been sent off after furiously questioning the call of the female official. Joel Bailey made sure of the three points for his team, shooting past the flat-footed Sylvester in goal.

Presentation College, San Fernando completed their second straight win with a hard worked 3-2 victory over Moruga Composite. A double by Ade Smart and one from skipper Andres Alexander did the trick for the Carib Street boys. They still however, remain in last spot on 7points, the same as seventh place Mayaro, who have a better goal difference.

In the North Zone,despite suferring a 3-1 loss to second place Mucurapo SC, Malick(24pts) still remained on top of the North standings. Mucurapo(22pts) got their goals from Dale Findlay(53rd) and Keston Williams(70th) Junior Spencer pulled one back for the losers in the 77th minute.

St Anthony's College moved into fourth spot behind, two points behind QRC(19pts). The Westmoorings "Tigers" had goals by Sean Cooper99th),Damien Westfield(2) and Kevin Pierre.

In the East, El Dorado(26pts) remained in the top spt with a 2-1 win over Carapichaima. Arima are closely behind on 24 points following their 10-0 blow out of North Eastern College on Friday.