The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) rained goals on rivals University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus in Monday’s final of the Tertiary Sports Association of Trinidad and Tobago (TSATT) Inter-University Football competition at the UWI St Augustine Ground, recently.
UTT romped to a commanding 5-1 victory to deny UWI a hat-trick of titles in the increasingly popular tertiary schools tournament. UTT started the more positive team and were rewarded in the 11th minute with the opening goal from Myles Ryan. They continued with their efficient attacking and extended the lead to 2-0 in the 21st minute through a neat finish from Loma Burns. The score-line remained the same to the end of the first half.
UWI began the second half purposefully and immediately after the restart they pulled one back through Daviyd Jones in the 46th minute. There would be no comeback though as UTT’s Reinaldo Atwell netted their third goal in the 56th minute to restore the two-goal cushion. UTT’s skipper J’Deem Parris then scored the goal of the night in 61st minute when he collected a pass 35 yards out and launched a thunderous strike that eluded a diving UWI goalkeeper Raheem Belgrave and bulged the net for a 4-1 score-line. Keshon Carter rounded off the scoring for UTT in the 75th minute to complete the dominant performance.
Although not on the scoresheet in the final, the golden boot winner was UTT’s Tristan Perrotte with 11 goals.
In the bronze medal match, Metal Industries Institute of Technology (MIC-IT) hammered University of Southern Caribbean (USC) 7-1.
Present at the final was the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Darryl Smith and he pledged his ministry’s support to the continued development of Tertiary Sport in Trinidad and Tobago.
Speaking at the prize giving ceremony, Le-Roy Pierre, Director of Sport at The University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) and TSATT vice president said, “Our goal of attracting gifted and skilled athletes to our local institutions to pursue their sporting career and academic goals is fast becoming a reality. Providing first class competition that can prepare our student-athletes for national duty is here at last.”
In closing, he pleaded for support from private and public sponsors in an effort for TSATT to move this vision forward.