Loose ball scramble: Sebastien Cabral of St Mary’s College, left, and Jonathan Cruickshank of St Anthony’s College, attempt to get control of the ball during their BGTT/FCB Secondary Schools Football League North Zone match at St Mary’s College ground, Serpentine Road, St Clair yesterday. Cruickshank’s St Anthony’s finally got the advantage 3-0. See page 62. —Photo: Robert Taylor
National champions St Anthony’s College continued their good run of form yesterday, cruising past St Mary’s College 3-0 in BGTT/FCB Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) North Zone action at the “Saints'” Serpentine Road, St Clair ground.
But Fatima College stayed close behind them, one point back in second, with their third straight victory after edging Diego Martin North 1-0 at Fatima’s Mucurapo Road ground.
St Mary’s put up a fight in the second half to give their supporters something to cheer, but by then the “Tigers” were three goals to the good.
Right winger Kiel Pierre started the scoring in the 12th minute for St Anthony’s, while striker Adrian Millette doubled up just after half-time to ensure there was no way back into the match for the home team.
The match was won in midfield, where St Mary’s yielded possession much too easily, and allowed their opponents the room to attack.
Pierre started things with some help from Xavier Rajpaul, whose dummy run to the right gave Pierre time in the penalty area to cut back to his favoured right foot and hammer in the Tigers’ first.
St Mary’s did not look likely to answer in the first half, but St Anthony’s goalkeeper Jevon Sample did make an acrobatic save before half-time to maintain his team’s advantage.
But Millette’s double blow effectively confirmed the result for the defending North Zone champs. In just the second minute after the restart, he took on two defenders in a solo run. The tackle never came, and he picked his spot with a diagonal strike from the left, under the advancing Christian Attong in Saints goal.
Nine minutes later, the third and final item came, this time from a move started by Rajpaul in midfield, with Pierre joining in for the one-two, then squaring for Millette to tap in from the far post with Attong stranded.
The “Saints” made sure Sample and the Tigers’ defence would have to work for their clean sheet, as they abandoned their containment tactics and surged forward. They were nearly rewarded, but a combination of near misses and desperate defending and goalkeeping denied them a consolation goal.
Presentation College, San Fernando were the biggest winners on the day though, stopping Moruga Composite 6-0 at Moruga.