Bishop’s Anstey High School (Port of Spain) booked their maiden appearance in a Coca Cola Girls National Intercol final this afternoon, as they edged namesake, Bishop’s Anstey High School East, 1-0 in a bruising affair at the St Augustine Secondary school ground.
Forward Kiana Alexander got the decisive goal for the Port of Spain outfit in the 67th minute, as she squeezed a shot past East goalkeeper Malaika Dedier from close range before being promptly flattened for her troubles.
Alexander had to be helped to the sidelines by the team medic and never made it back on to the field. Arguably, it summed up the semifinal contest that might have been the fiercest battle between siblings since Cain and Abel.
“The two teams put out a good fight,” Bishop’s East coach Dwayne Davis told Wired868. “I guess the team that wanted it a little more came out victorious in the end.”
Bishop’s Port of Spain will now meet Pleasantville Secondary in the National Intercol final from 3.30pm on Monday at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
Bishop’s East flanker Tyanna Williams could testify to the rugged nature of the opposing back four, as she huffed and puffed without ever getting a clear sight of goal, before a strong challenge from opposing midfielder Thrissa Romany ended her outing.
On the sidelines, the tears flowed freely down Tyanna’s face as she suffered the double whammy of the agony of defeat and the foot.
“The girls really came out strong for this game,” said Bishop’s Port of Spain head coach Brian Smith. “We called this game ‘BOB’—which was best of Bishops. And for us, it was really a fight. This is the first time we are getting the opportunity to play in a National Intercol final after we got to the semifinal last year; so it is a progression for us.”
Whereas Wednesday’s semifinal contest was illuminated by the individual ability of the Pleasantville pairing of Jasandra “Mama” Joseph and Aaliyah Pascall and the Carapichaima duo of Cornwall and Kya Edwards, today’s affair was more notable for solid organisation and stubborn defending.
Tyanna threatened down either flank while Christi-Ann Wood and Jalene Sobers showed their quality in central midfield for the East Zone outfit. But, with striker Lillian Selvon missing through injury, Bishop’s East just could not engineer a way past the stubborn Pollard or the perceptive Brittney.