A headed goal from striker Chinua Bernard in practically the final play of the match secured a come-from-behind 4-3 victory for St Mary’s College over rivals Fatima College in the North Zone of the bgTT First citizen Secondary Schools Football League, to keep the Saints unbeaten after two matches.
St Anthony’s College, the reigning North Zone and National InterCol champion, also remained with a 100 per cent record when it dropped Diego Martin North 3-1. Meanwhile, East Mucurapo responded from its 1-0 loss to St Mary’s in the SSFL opener to edge Queen’s Royal College, 3-2.
Playing away at Fatima Ground, Mucurapo, and trailing 3-1 at half time, coach Jason Edwards’ charges responded in mature fashion to grind out a victory to remember. Dominic Jangoo opened for Fatima in the 20th, which was followed quickly after by his second seven minutes later. The Saints pulled one back three minutes later, through Rashad Hyacinth, but Fatima made it 3-1 at half time, when Maquis Hoyte responded in the 35th minute.
Within moments of the second half, the comeback was on when Bernard, the scorer of last week’s winning goal for the Saints, lobbed the Fatima custodian to make it 3-2.
With pressure mounting and the match nearing its end, St Mary’s found the equaliser through substitute winger Jelani Christopher with five minutes remaining via a close-range effort.
It appeared to be too much for Fatima, which cracked when Arvin Prescod was handed a straight red card for a shove to the face at St Mary’s skipper Miles Yorke off the ball.
With a turnover, St Mary’s made the extra player count in the final breath of the match, when Bernard rose from a free kick to head a glancing effort into the net, much to the excitement of the traveling support.
The win both for St Mary’s and St Anthony’s put the two teams on six points, while Fatima suffered consecutive loss with a combined seven goals conceded. Malick was on a bye for the match day.
Results for North Zone:-
- St Mary’s 4 (Rashad Hyacinth 30th, Chinua Bernard 48th, 90th+ Jelani Christopher 85th) v Fatima 3 (Dominic Jangoo 20th, 27th, Maquis Hoyte 35th)
- East Mucurapo 3 v QRC 2
- St Anthony’s 3 (Kwesi Allen 24th, Shaquille Long 57th, 82nd) v Diego Martin North 1 (Josh Toussaint 40th)