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South All Stars prevail over north

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Nkosi Salandy of the North team, left, battles South captain Judah Garcia for possession during the SSFL All Star Football Match between All Star North and All Star South at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella. Final Score: North-0 South-0

South All Stars prevailed 4-2 on penalties over their Northern counterparts in the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) All Star match at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium on Sunday, after the game finished 1-1 at the end of regulation time.

Before an appreciative crowd that included Minister of Sports Darryl Smith and a number of ex school and national stars such as Leroy De Leon, Everald ‘Gally’ Cummings, Steve David, Alvin Corneal, Alvin Henderson, Russell Latapy, Reynold Carrington and Anthony Sherwood, both teams produced an entertaining display, but in the end it was Denzil Smith, the Shiva Boys Hindu College goalkeeper whose acrobatics between the uprights in the shoot-out, saving Matthaeus Granger and Andrew Peter-Abraham assured his team the win.

North struck first through San Juan North Secondary’s Renaldo Boyce who was presented with the simple task of tapping in the 50th minute before substitute Quinn Rodney drew the South team level in the 85th minute.

US coach Zach Ganzberg, head of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University was on hand to witness the talent among the TT schools and said afterwards he was pleased with what he saw.

Smith was later voted the game’s MVP. According to the US coach, “I thought the talent was a little bit better. Obviously, what you get in the American game is a little higher intensity and sheer athletes and size.

But what I’m looking for are creative players and that’s why I’m here in Trinidad.

There’s a lot of that here so I was pleased.”

The game was intended to expose players to a wider audience and as such, a video of it will be placed on Youtube, Corneal and William Wallace, president of the SSFL said. They believe more coaches as Ganzberg will get the opportunity to see the players.

The game will be aired today on ACTN (Acts 25TV) from 9.30pm.

South coach Shawn Cooper said his players’ involvement in Saturday’s Footy Fest tourney left them weary.


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