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San Juan, Presentation set for Intercol finals after comfortable semis

By December 02, 2019

San Juan North Secondary School and Presentation College will take their fourth shot at each other in a Coca-Cola Intercol final after they earned semifinal victories over Carapichaima East Secondary and St Anthony’s College respectively at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on Friday.

The last time these two met in a final, it was 2016 and San Juan clipped the Lions 1-0. While Presentation’s demise came at the hands of San Juan this time around, the truth is, the national Intercol has not been very good to them. They have not won it since the inception of the Secondary schools Football League Premier Division era.

Presentation looked assured in their semi-final though, downing St Anthony’s College 3-1.

The Lions got their goals courtesy of Jayie Sheppard brace in the 18th and 40th minutes of play, while Ackeel Jacob split the efforts with a 24th-minute strike.

Kiron Manswell scored a 74th-minute consolation for the Westmoorings Tigers.

Sheppard could have had a hat-trick in the game, but defender Ian Cowie produced a last-ditch tackle to keep the scores level in the early goings.

The first goal was a thing of beauty, as Jacob, who had been pulling the strings from his midfield perch, played a ball down the left flank for Naeem Bisnath who crossed for Sheppard to begin his count.

Jacob was at it again not long after, dismissing Quinn Frederick before unleashing a bullet that left Tigers custodian Josiah Perez with no chance.

Sheppard’s second goal was one of the easiest he’ll ever score, the striker tapping home a deflected cross to leave St Anthony’s in tatters.

In Friday’s other semi-final Reynaldo Boyce (29th) and Christon Mitchell (42nd), gave San Juan North the perfect first-half platform to go on and win the game and put themselves in the final.

Carapichaima’s troubles were self-inflicted though, as they went behind thanks to a goalkeeping error.

Coming to the edge of the area to collect an overhit pass, Terell Leacock missed the delivery, it hit him in the chest and rebounded for a grateful Boyce to strike into an empty net.

Mitchell’s goal was not so accidental though. Advancing from out of midfield, put Caps defender Jaedon Miller on the seat of his pants before finishing past Leacock.

San Juan have also had a bad time of the Intercol in recent times. While they have been good, they have found themselves runners up in 2017 and 2018 and must be champing at the bit to go one better this time around.

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