The other four matches combined to produce 16 goals however, four outright match-winners and unfortunately the red-carding of five players — this in yesterday’s rolling close to first-round matches in the 14-team new Premier Division of the Secondary Schools Football League.
After kicking off its Golden Jubilee season at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Wednesday with an Inter-Faith Service and a St. Benedict’s College 2-nil victory over East Mucurapo and a St Mary’s College 3-nil romp against St Augustine, on Thursday, it was Naparima College edging Bourg Mulatresse home team San Juan North 2-1, Fatima College also 2-1 against Shiva Boys Hindu College and Arima North upstaging Presentation College San Fernando 3-1 in Pointe-A-Pierre’s Guaracara Park double-header.
St Anthony’s College, “The Westmoorings Tigers”, romped 4-2 at Trinicity against Trinity College East – a match in which three players were red-carded.
Fatima College and Shiva Boys were the last pair in the evening action in play and they did provide thrills for the lively fans at the Park and a spill of an unwanted sort as both teams had one player ejected late for their misdemeanours.
Marquist Hoyte was Fatima’s go-ahead match-winning goal-scorer seven minutes from time but he and Shiva’s Kyle Sylvester ugly face-off just before full-time drew the referee’s disapproval and the red card ejection was their lot.
Dillon Abraham opened the scoring for a Fatima 14th minute lead with Shiva striking even 14 minutes later through Quin Rodney.
Then Hoyte brought his Fatima team the joy of their second goal but the chagrin of his ejection and his automatic one-match suspension to be in effect when Fatima go to Bourg Mulatresse tomorrow to play San Juan North.
St Anthony’s Kwasi Alleyne and Trinity College East’s Dareem Daniel became the first two-goal scorers in first-round action in a match in which two St Anthony’s players and one Trinity player were ordered off by the referee for rule violations.
The two-player loss may well hurt the Westmoorings Tigers when they face St Benedict’s tomorrow.
Simon Joseph and Darius Oliviera made the other goals for the Tigers.
By the 32nd minute Arima North had banged in goals from Mitchell Malick, Josiah George and Aftan Mollineaux, leaving Pres Sando without much of a recovery prayer and so it was even with Lezon Bass giving the collegiates a consolation item.
Pres’ southern college neighbours Naps however overturned Jacey David’s 14th minute goal with strikes by Shane Sandy and Akinola Gregory for their win in Santa Cruz.
All 14 teams are back in play tomorrow afternoon at different venues.