SHIVA BOYS continued their defence of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premiership Division with a convincing 5-0 win over hosts Speyside High, in a Second Round clash yesterday.
This victory, at the Speyside High Ground, was Shiva Boys’ second win in succession and pushed them to the top of the 16-team standings.
Carapichaima East moved to number two on the standings after a 3-1 victory away to St Anthony’s at Westmoorings while Fyzabad – like Shiva Boys and Carapichaima East – also registered their third straight win, by a 1-0 margin over Fatima at the Fyzabad Ground.
Presentation San Fernando registered their first win of the season, with a 2-0 result over fellow South-based team St Benedict’s, at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella. Naparima, the 2016 Big 4 title-holders, earned their first points for the season as they breezed past Trinity East 2-0 at Lewis Street, San Fernando while QRC also got off the ground with a 3-1 win over Trinity Moka, at the QRC Ground in St Clair.
St Augustine’s first scheduled match, on Saturday last, against St Mary’s was abandoned due to a waterlogged field. However, they got their campaign underway with a slim 1-0 win away to Signal Hill.
In the day’s other contest, San Juan North and St Mary’s played to an entertaining 3-3 draw at the San Juan North Ground, Bourg Mulatresse. Kyle Thomas broke the deadlock for the hosts after two minutes, with a left-footed shot after a lay-off from Ronaldo Boyce.
But the lead lasted only a minute as Devon Charles capitalised on a goalmouth scramble to fire home a left-footed shot, from close range.
Captain Brandon Semper restored San Juan’s lead in the 13th, with a shot from approximately 10 metres out, but St Mary’s responded with two goals, early in the second half. Gabriel Nanton unleashed a 25-metre left-footed bullet, to make it 2-2 while Charles got his second goal after horrible goalkeeping effort.
But Semper would have the final say in the 65th, with a curling left-footed freekick from the edge of the penalty box.
Third Round action will be contested on Saturday.