One day after fallen Trinidad and Tobago Warrior, Akeem Adams, was laid to rest, Point Fortin Civic FC welcomed Police FC at the Mahaica Oval in Point Fortin and defeated the “Lawmen” with a convincing 5-0 score in Round Two Match Day Two of the Digicel Pro League.
Point Fortin Civic, who held a six match winless streak in the league prior to Saturday’s match, clearly had the spirit of hometown boy Akeem Adams on coach Reynold Carrington’s side.
Akeem, brother of Point Fortin Civic goalie Akini Adams, last represented Hungary’s top division club Ferencvaros TC, the club he joined in August, before a massive heart attack on September 25.
Akeem was hospitalised at the Varosmajor Heart Clinic in Budapest, Hungary, and had to be fitted with a mechanical heart in a life-saving surgery as doctors hoped for the former T&T Under 17 and Under 20 World Cup player and ex-T&T Senior Team player to regain enough strength for undergo the procedure for a heart transplant. Akeem underwent three more life-saving surgeries in Budapest, one of which doctors had to amputate his left leg below the knee. But on the December 30, 2013 the 22 year-old former W Connection, United Petrotrin, T&TEC FC and Central FC footballer had passed away in Hungary, two days after suffering a critical coma.
And on Saturday, at the venue of Akeem’s funeral, which saw hundreds turn out to bid farewell to a national hero, Bevon Bass opened the scoring in only the second minute of play against the visiting Police, who managed to keep the score that way until the break.
But in the second half, Marcus Joseph, who represented T&T at the 2007 Under 17 World Cup in Korea and the 2009 Under 20 World Cup in Egypt alongside Akeem Adams, produced a hat-trick with goals in the 59th, 76th and 89th minutes, and was interrupted by an 82nd minute item by Andre Toussaint.
The result pushed Point Fortin two spots up the ladder into sixth position, joining third positioned Caledonia AIA, fourth positioned Central FC, fifth positioned Defence Force and seventh positioned Police with 13 points.
Ahead of them are second positioned North East Stars with 17 points in second and unbeaten leaders DIRECTV W Connection well ahead with 26 points. Behind PFC are eigth positioned San Juan Jabloteh with 10 points and at the bottom of the table remains St. Ann’s Rangers with just 3 points.
Point Fortin will return to action on Tuesday in Round Two Match Day Three against Rangers from 6 pm at the Marvin Lee Stadium, and that contest will be followed by an 8 pm clash between Jabloteh and W Connection.
While at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Police will host Caledonia from 6 pm.
Digicel Pro League 2013/2014
Round Two Match Day Two results
Caledonia AIA 0 – 2 North East Stars
Trevin Caesar 14', 88'
W Connection 2 – 0 St. Ann's Rangers
Kurt Frederick 15', Jomol Williams 59'
Point Fortin Civic 5 – 0 Police FC
Bevon Bass 2’, Marcus Joseph 59’, 76’, 89’, Andre Toussaint 82’
Upcoming Round Two Match Day Three matches
Tuesday 21 January 2014
Marvin Lee Stadium
St. Ann’s Rangers vs Point Fortin Civic – 6 pm
San Juan Jabloteh vs W Connection – 8 pm
Ato Boldon Stadium
Police FC vs Caledonia AIA – 6 pm