QRC take North InterCol title; Debe High triumph in Trinidad girls' final
Queen’s Royal College ended a six year drought in North Zone InterCol, stopping St Mary’s College 3-0 on kicks at the penalty mark after an entertaining 90 minutes of regulation time ended goalless at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
The competitive nature of the Coca Cola InterCol has seen several matches decided by spot-kicks thus far, and two evenly matched arch-rivals were no different. St Mary’s College’s nerves had been exposed, though, by a few close shaves in the second half, and it showed when they missed each of their efforts at the penalty mark.
Before the long-time foes clashed, though, Debe High School girls retained their BG T&T Trinidad InterCol title, trotting comfortably to a 3-0 win over Providence Girls High School.
Patrice Vincent opened Debe’s account in the 25th minute, before captain Moriah Shade doubled their lead in the 37th, and striker Elizabeth Ng Wai capped things off in the 73rd, causing Debe fans to erupt in glee.
QRC had to work harder for their victory, but thumped home three of their four kicks for what turned out to be an easy shootout victory for the ’Royalians’.
The turnout was reminiscent of InterCol of years gone by. A sizeable, enthusiastic crowd flooded the covered stands of the Stadium, prompting the announcer to request patrons to clear the aisles.
The old, the young and the in-between turned out for the Old Firm encounter, with a deeply entrenched rivalry that extends way back to the original College’s League.
Inside the first 20 minutes, St Mary’s had two good chances from free kicks snapped up by QRC goalkeeper Kareem Joseph. The ’Royalians’ also pushed forward in search of the early advantage, but both teams, given the expectations and the prize at stake, neglected to take any chances and showed each other full respect.
In the stands, ’boom, boom, boom!’ and ’ting, ting, ting!’ the rhythm sections sounded, almost akin to the see-saw battle going on in midfield
The best chance for St Mary’s came in the first half off the boot of Dillon Kirton from the left, but his shot was too good for the far corner.
QRC’s Makesi Lewis has another fabulous chance, forcing a good flying save out of St Mary’s keeper Belgrave to keep the scores level at 0-0 at the half.
Both teams emerged resolute after the interval, perhaps with greater emphasis on keeping a clean sheet rather than scoring the winner. They attacked cautiously, and held their numbers back to defend. Still, Chad Appoo hit the net in the 48th, only to be ruled offside, and Joseph later needed a good save to keep Renaldo Garcia out.
Yesterday’s InterCol Scores:
QRC 0 St Mary’s 0
QRC won 3-0 on penalties
Debe 3 (Patrice Vincent 25th, Mariah Shade 37th, Elizabeth Ng Wai 73rd) Providence 0
Today’s InterCol fixtures:
Carapichaima Secondary vs Tabaquite Secondary, 4 p.m., Ato Boldon Stadium
Mason Hall Secondary vs Scarborough Secondary, 4 p.m., Dwight Yorke Stadium
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