Intercol Update

Shaun Fuentes
Date Published: 
Trinidad Guardian

Defending Coca-Cola Intercol champions St Anthony's College kicked off their campaign in fine fashion with a 3-1 victory over East/Central representatives St Augustine at St Mary's college College round yesterday.

In another game played, Queens' Royal College were dealt a shocking blow, falling 2-1 to Southern underdogs Moruga Composite at Skinner Park. Calvert Granger notched a double for the winners, while Sterlin Braithwaite was on target for the Royalians

At Serpentine Road, both units struggled to adapt to the heavy field conditions in the early stages, but St Augustine's resilience would come to an end on the 20 minute mark when Damion Westfield was sent clear on his way to goal and blasted past goalkeeper Sylvester Sandiford.

The goal at least galvanized the camps into action. Soon after they would come closer when Gary Gibbings shot was not fully taken by Sandiford but he(Gibbings) failed to convert second opportunity, the ball eventually cleared into safety by the defence.

The Westmooings outfit were forced to go into the interval a player short when Azain Wright was expelled for dissent.

The second half would begin sprightly and St Anthony's would find another rgear inside the first couple of minutes when Sean Cooper's measured centre across the goal was met by Westfield who struck past a stranded Sandiford with precision.

The easterners hit back immediately when custodian McKeil Germain allowed a harmlessly looking free kick by Zico Danclair to slip out and Ricardo Toney was right on spot to slot home.

However, St Augustine's attempt to ruffle the "Tigers" cool and gain th odd sight on goal was a lone and losing battle. Fifteen minutes from the final whistle, Gibbings let fly from a free kick just at the edge of the area with a piercing right footer around the defensive wall which rippled into the back of the net.

The St Augustine boys would battle out the last ten minutes with ten men when their skipper Walter Gay received his second booking for pulling Cooper's shirt. Though not being vintage St Anthony's, there was enough in their robust performance which will result in them meeting the winners of the El Dorado/Carapichaima clash.

In the other game played, title hopefuls St Mary'sCollege were made to work harder than they expected, holding off Presentation College, San Fernando by a 2-1 margin at Fatima grounds.

CIC marksman Scott "Bound to score" Sealey once again led the way with a double (14th and 27th) Darnell Ross pulled one back for "Pres" in the 43rd minute. Not even the chants of "Youngsters, play my ball" a line invented by former coach Lesley Hoyte. Coming from the hopeful Presentation supporters, backed by their lively rhythm section could save the day for Brother Michael Samuels team. They have failed to win a game in nine outings so far and their die hard supporters will be praying that they pull something out of the bags to avoid relegation into the senior division. They can now look at the good side of Saturday's defeat in that they will have extra time in which to hit the training sessions the hard way or should one say the harder way in an attempt to stay alive.

In Tobago, Bishops got the better of Scarborough Secondary 4-2.