PRESENTATION College San Fernando ensured that they maintained their 100 per cent record in the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premiership this season with a resounding 3-0 against strugglers Moruga Secondary at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, on Wednesday evening.
The current Intercol and Tiger Tanks Cup champions have been resilient in Group B of the Premiership so far and comfortably brushed aside their southern counterparts, who are yet to earn a point this season.
The “Pres Lions” opened the scoring in the 32nd minute when Micah Braithwaite smartly placed a left-footed strike into the bottom left corner from 12 yards out. Their lead was doubled one minute before half-time through Caleb Boyce. The Pres captain turned two Moruga defenders at the edge of the goal area and rifled the ball into the roof of the net.
Mackeil Edwards wrapped up the three points for Presentation in the 82nd minute with a composed tap-in from ten yards as the Lions ensured their stay at the top of the group. Fellow table toppers, San Juan North Secondary, also maintained their clean slate this season as they edged Trinity College East 1-0 on a soggy pitch away from home.
In-form striker Larry Noel put San Juan in front in the second minute, one of the earliest goals scored in the SSFL Premiership this term. The clinical number nine’s initial shot from 12 yards was trapped by a pool of water in the penalty area, but Noel was quick enough to pounce on the ball for a second opportunity before the defender’s intervention and calmly slotted it into the back of the net.
The east-based team went on to dominate the home team on their own patch, registering 23 shots with 11 on target. But the heavy conditions made it difficult for either side to score after the game’s opening goal, and San Juan held on to claim victory. Last season’s Intercol runners-up are now four wins from four games played and are seeking to beat Pres to the top spot.
The two north-based teams in the group, East Mucurapo Secondary and Queen’s Royal College (QRC) earned victories to keep their qualification hopes alive against Chaguanas North Secondary and Malick Secondary, respectively.
East Mucurapo toiled hard and were rewarded with a 2-1 win against their central opponents away from home while QRC grabbed a 4-2 win.
Group B action resumes on Saturday for matchday five with QRC vs Trinity East (2pm), Moruga vs Malick (4pm), Presentation vs Chaguanas North (4pm), and San Juan North vs East Mucurapo (4pm).