San Juan North will be defending their Coca-Cola Boys National Intercol title today when they match up against Shiva Boys in the 2017 final at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva from 5 pm. This game will be the second of back-to-back matches at Couva, with Pleasantville opposing Bishop Anstey, from 3 pm, in the Girls National Intercol final.
In last Thursday’s Boys semi-final double-header at Couva, San Juan North eliminated Signal Hill 1-0 while Shiva Boys needed kicks from the penalty spot to oust Carapichaima East 3-2, after the scorers were locked at 1-1 at the end of regulation time.
San Juan North, under the guidance of ex-Caledonia AIA coach Jerry Moe, have relied heavily on the strike pair of Renaldo Boyce and Brandon Semper this season.
Boyce, in a media conference at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, on Friday, said, “I am confident the Intercol title will be in the East on Monday. My team has been working hard for this moment. As we reached this stage, we want to take it home.”
For Shiva Boys, who are coached by Hayden Ryan, this tournament have been seen as somewhat of a redemption for the squad. They lost 17 points, and were subsequently demoted from the Premier Division, for illegally registering two players – midfielder Kierron Mason and defender Matthew Beal.
According to captain and playmaker Judah Garcia, “Shiva Boys (are) a team they call the underdogs. We stepped up last year and came (away) with the League.”
With regards to the points deduction issue, Garcia, brother of national players Levi and Nathaniel, said, “We had a little hiccup in the League this year but we put that (behind) us.
“We’re going into the Intercol (final) to get the victory,” he added. “The game will be a difficult one but I have great confidence in my team.”
In their respective Girls semi-final fixtures, Pleasantville defeated Carapichaima East 2-1 and Bishop Anstey edged their namesake Bishop Anstey East 1-0.
Pleasantville’s Latifha Pascall sounded a warning to Bishop Anstey, saying, “Monday we’re hoping to come out victorious. I want to say to Bishop (Anstey) we’re coming hard.”
And Leah Dos Santos, Bishop Anstey’s skipper noted, “We’re very grateful for reaching this far in the competition. I am very confident in my team and we’ll be putting our best foot forward.”