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SSFL 2022: Beaver-Trick Faustin feasts on QRC; “Bound to Score” Noel keeps San Juan perfect! 

Feed Faustin and he will score!

That was the apparent game plan for Trinity College East as they faced QRC in Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium today. And boy, did it work like a charm.

Photo: Trinity College East attacker Jaheim Faustin (left) keeps the ball from San Juan North right back Desailly Lewis during SSFL Premier Division action in Trincity on 28 September 2022.
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On Wednesday, 17 year-old Jaheim Faustin battled muddy conditions and a stubborn San Juan North Secondary defence as he and Trinity Blue Hawks succumbed to a 1-nil loss against the Jerry Moe-coached team in Trincity.

Today, in much better conditions at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, San Juan got a fifth straight win as they beat East Mucurapo Secondary by a 2-0 margin. But it was the lively Faustin who stole the show with a clinical beaver trick in the second match of a double-header.

It’s fair to say Trinity felt right at home today.


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From as early as the sixth minute, Faustin had fans on the edge of their seats as he sent an audacious right-footed volley over bar after some nice interplay down Trinity’s right flank with fellow attacker Desailly Bastien-Cowan. After giving the QRC team another warning shot in the 12th minute, Faustin quickly found his scoring boots at the Wrightson Road venue as he engineered a 5-1 rout of the Royalians.

This Trincity team eh playing no setta football inno,” muttered one QRC supporter, as she kicked every ball in anguish. “That number 17 (Faustin) running rings around their players though.”

The elderly QRC supporter was right on the money, as Faustin was unplayable from the first blow of referee Crystal Sobers’ whistle, right up to the point when he was substituted by his coach Dwayne Davis in the 72nd minute—with his team already enjoying a five-goal cushion.

Photo: San Juan North captain and forward Larry Noel wins a header during Premier Division action against East Mucurapo at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 1 October 2022.
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After watching clips of previous QRC matches, Davis felt his team needed to press the Royalians at key junctures at the back in order to force turnovers in dangerous areas.

The ploy reaped dividends, with Faustin tearing away in the 14th minute to slide into a vacant net after QRC goalkeeper Shemuel Cassimy and centre back Zakari King were slow to react to a misplaced back pass.

It wouldn’t be the only time that Cassimy or King were left with egg on their faces this afternoon.

That was part of the game plan in terms of knowing when and who to press,” Davis told Wired868, as he also credited the surface for his team’s improved slick play today. “And we thought that once we did it right they would cough up the ball and give us chances. It was good to see that [Faustin] went along with the plan perfectly and we got the easy chance to score the opening goal.”

Photo: QRC head coach Kenwyne Jones gestures from the sidelines during SSFL Premier Division action against San Juan North on 14 September 2022.
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Faustin and Khaleem Prince provided the guile and directness up top for Trinity, while the lanky Riley Hill brought a certain solidity and authority to the midfield—the 18 year-old Hill walked around the Hasely Crawford Stadium as though he was the 1976 Olympic gold medalist himself.

With Prince and centre back Nicholas Whiteman coming into the Blue Hawks lineup, they cut a much different outfit to the one San Juan topped in Trincity. And by the 35th minute, the game was virtually over as a contest. Kenwyne Jones’ QRC team had no idea what had hit them.

In the 17th minute, Faustin doubled up as he faked out a defender to bang in a left-footer, after receiving a Bastien-Cowan cut back down the right.

And after QRC left back Kaylon Tuckett inadvertently headed past his own keeper in the 31st minute from an in-swinging Anderson Barnwell corner, Faustin wrapped up his hat-trick in the 35th minute as he dribbled past Cassimy before stroking into an empty net—to finish off a sublime Prince pass behind the opposing defence.

Photo: East Mucurapo midfielder Jadon Pierre (foreground) tries to keep the ball from San Juan North midfielder Jardell Mitchell during Premier Division action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 1 October 2022.
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I don’t know what going on dey nah,” another spectator chimed in. “Number six on the table dealing with number three. Nah man!”

The Faustin show rolled on early in the second half, as Jaheim, the son of former Strike Squad defender Marvin Faustin, completed his beaver trick in the 49th minute.

This time, the younger Faustin set off on a foot race with King as he chased a long ball over the top. And though he initially looked second best, Faustin showed King a clean pair of heels and resisted a couple nibbles from the defender before slotting past a hapless Cassimy.

Faustin celebrated with a jig near the corner flag as the Trinity Blue Hawks got their second win in Premier Division Group B play and utterly stunned the Royalians in the process.

Photo: East Mucurapo attacker Maalik Jarvis (left) takes an ambitious crack at the San Juan North goal during Premier Division action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 1 October 2022.
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In the earlier match, San Juan captain Larry “Bound To Score” Noel bagged a typical predatory brace as the boys from Bourg Mulatresse saw off a plucky Mucurapo outfit.

For his first item, which came in only the third minute, Noel outran Mucurapo captain and central defender Atiba Khidr to reach a Kedell Jones through pass, before slotting past Dayshawn Alexander in goal.

And just past the half hour mark, Noel was jolly on spot as he banged into the roof of the net after the Mucurapo goalkeeper parried a low free kick by Lindell Sween.

Alexander must not know Noel’s work. You don’t want to give Mr Larry Noel any half chances. 

Photo: San Juan North Secondary captain Larry Noel muses over his options on the Trinity College East home ground in Trincity on 28 September 2022.
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It just wouldn’t end well for you.


QRC (4-2-3-1): 1.Shemuel Cassimy (GK); 2.Malic Harraman (5.Musaddiq Mohammed 56), 15.Philip Gray (7.Mikel Cardinal 74), 17.Zakari King, 13.Kaylon Tuckett; 25.Teshuan Franklyn, 21.Tau Lamsee; 11.Micah Nelson (6.Roshaun Doobay 56), 8.Nathan Quashie (18.Phillip Nelson 88), 19.Stephon James; 14.Aydon Caruth (captain).

Unused substitutes: 22.Jaheim Affan (GK), 12.Zion Griffith, 16.Ronaldinho James.

Coach: Kenwyne Jones

Trinity College East (4-4-2): 1.Brandon Dalrymple (GK); 2.Josiah Daniel, 4.Nicholas Whiteman, 6.Andre Providence (captain) (13.Hasheem Hill 80), 3.Anderson Barnwell; 20.Riley Hill (18.Joshua Figaro 62), 5.Dexter Croal; 19.Desailly Bastien-Cowan (11.Jonathan Emrith 71), 14.Jeremiah Frank-Williams, 10.Khaleem Prince (16.Terrel Davis 88); 17.Jaheim Faustin (7.Seretse Browne 72).

Unused substitutes: 23.Alexis Ambrose (GK), 12.Jon-Michael Romero.

Coach: Dwayne Davis

Referee: Crystal Sobers

Wired868 Man of the Match: Jaheim Faustin (Trinity College East)

Photo: San Juan North midfielder Kedell Jones (left) tries to hustle Trinity College East attacker Jaheim Faustin off the ball during SSFL Premier Division action in Trincity on 28 September 2022.
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San Juan North Secondary (4-2-3-1): 1.Xavion Haynes (GK); 14.Desailly Lewis, 6.Jaheshua Ferguson, 2.Joshua Lewis, 15.Kent Guy; 12.Jardell Mitchell, 20.Kedell Jones; 21.Christian Browne (25.Niem Thomas 67), 10.Lindell Sween (17.Jahdel Chase-Charles 90+4), 11.Jadiel Joseph (3.J’Sean Batson 81); 9.Larry Noel (captain).

Unused substitutes: 30.Stephon Langaigne (GK), 7.Elizsha Rogers, 8.Adel Black-Haynes, 18.Rondell Harewood.

Coach: Jerry Moe

East Mucurapo Secondary (4-2-3-1): 22.Dayshawn Alexander (GK); 4.Michael Luke, 18.Atiba Khidr (captain), 3.Shuron Hendrickson, 8.Clint Latchman (15.Jelani Cox 72); 14.Kamali Henry (10.Malik Jarvis halftime 45), 6.Jadon Pierre; 17.Al-Kalipha Henry (9.Nieem Taylor 77), 19.Jemon Gulston, 24.Mikel Toussaint (20.Omari Rivers 85); 7.Zion Harley.

Unused substitutes: 35.Aaron Andrews (GK), 5.Khufu Muhammad, 20.Omari Rivers, 23.Nigel Latchman.

Coach: Dale Saunders

Referee: Kevin Saures

Photo: East Mucurapo attacker Mikel Toussaint (centre) tussles with San Juan North midfielder Kedell Jones (left) during SSFL Premier Division action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 1 October 2022.
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SSFL Premier Division results

Group B

(Sat 1 October)

Presentation (San F’do) 3 (Adah Barclay 41, 57, Vaughn Clement 85 pen), Chaguanas North 0 at Ato Boldon Stadium;

QRC 1 (Roshaun Doobay 82), Trinity College East 5 (Jaheim Faustin 14, 17, 35, 49, Kaylon Tuckett OG 31) at QRC;

Moruga Secondary 2 (Brandon Collymore, Terrell Thompson), Malick Secondary 2 at Moruga

San Juan North 2 (Larry Noel 3, 34), East Mucurapo 0 at San Juan;

Group A

(Saturday 1 October)

Naparima College 2 (Jelani Calliste, Kanye Francis), Pleasantville Secondary 0 at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Photo: Naparima midfielder Kanye Francis (left) tries to get past St Augustine defender Alex Piper during SSFL Premier Division action at Gordon Street on 14 September 2022.
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Upcoming fixtures

Group A

(Wednesday 5 October)

Carapichaima East vs St Anthony’s College, 2pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

St Benedict’s College vs Naparima College, 4pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

St Augustine Secondary vs Fatima College, 4pm, St Augustine;

Speyside High vs Pleasantville Secondary, 3.30pm, Speyside.

Photo: St Benedict’s College winger Derrel “Zoom” Garcia celebrates the opening goal against Carapichaima East during SSFL Premier Division action in Couva on 17 September 2022.
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Group B

(Sat 8 October)

Chaguanas North vs Moruga Secondary, 1.30pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

QRC vs Presentation (San F’do), 3.30pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

East Mucurapo vs Trinity College East, 3.30pm, Fatima;

Malick Secondary vs San Juan North, 3.30pm, Serpentine Road.

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