Tigers Show True Grit To Edge St. Mary's 4-3

Shaun Fuentes
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Trinidad Guardian

Defending champions St Anthony's College on Saturday bounced back from a 3-1 deficit to edge St Mary's College 4-3 in a thrilling Coca-Cola Intercol quarter final at the Queen's Park Oval, Striker Damien Westfield sent the Tigers supporters into wild scenes of jubilation when he headed an 81st minute cross past goalkeeper Troy Sullieman to put his team ahead for the second and most crucial time e of the game.

The match had all the ingredients of an October Intercol with both teams well supported by rhythm sections which kept up a steady tempo in the blistering evening sun. The Tigers took the lead in the 32nd minute when Kevin Pierre arrived behind the CIC defence to meet a right sided cross which he headed into the right corner of the goal.

However, the Saints settled and came into their own six minutes later. St Anthony's custodian McKeil Germain failed to hold onto a free kick by Sean Ross and Kirt Dorsett had the simple task of stabbing home from close range.

A minute before half time, Dorsett put the Saints ahead when he scored his second goal from the penalty spot after Marcus Rodriguez was penalized for handling the ball in the area.

In the second half, the contest became a wonderfully free flowing affair with goalscoring chances at both ends. The Saints enjoyed the better of the exchanges but squandered several goalscoring opportunities with Dorsett and Scott Sealey being the chief offenders. Despite this, they went further ahead when Dorsett dribbled his way past three St. Anthony's defenders before hooking a ball into the area for Owoicho Adogua to shoot past the out of positioned Germain in the St. Anthony's citadel.

St Mary's had several opportunities to extend their advantage but a combination of complacency and the never say die attitude of the Tigers combined to undermine the lead. Westfield pulled one back after a Gibbings inswinger met him with lots of space to shoot well inside the penalty box.

The St Mary's defence could hardly believe their eyes when another Gibbings left-side cross was turned into the net by defender Jeremy Delpino to level the score at three.

This clearly unsettled the Port of Spain team and the Tigers, scenting this, went for the kill. Nine minutes from the end Westfield drew blood. The clever striker climbed above the defence to head home another Gibbings cross. Dorsett had a chance to draw level in the closing minutes but his effort from well inside the area went wide.Following the result,the St Anthony's fans took the streets to where they danced to the sounds of steelpan and tassa.

They now await the result of the 'showdown' between St Benedict's and Naparima which will be played at Skinner park on Tuesday.

Update: Tobagonians Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive booked the first spot in theSemi final round when they came from a goal down to defeat Mucurapo Senior Comprehensive 3-1 at Shaw Park on Friday.

Mucurapo took the lead through Christian Baptiste. However the "Hillboys" signaled their intentions of taking the title this year when they fought back with strikes from Shelton Williams just before the interval, Jason Nelson(51st) and Keon Price (62nd).

They will now await the winners of Wednesday's quarter final clash between Princes Town and Arima , which will be played at the Dr. Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence.