BEVILLE Joseph scored three times in the second half to help United Petrotrin to a come-from-behind 3-1 win over VIBE CT 105 W.Connection in the T&T Professional Football League " Big Six" series at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella, on Sunday.
The game which was played on a slippery surface due to early afternoon showers, so the players started cautiously. However, the league leaders had some early opportunities as Jefferson Goulart kick wide in the 12th, and 25th minutes, while Ronaldo Viana and Andre Toussaint also missed chances for the boys from Savonetta who just could not put things right.
The boys in green and white still managed to score first though, in the 33rd minute of play when Nickcolson Thomas' long cross ball was headed in by Jefferson Goulart, giving goalkeeper Ken Francis no chance.
After that setback, Petrotrin put up a stout defence, marshalled by skipper and former national player Anthony Rougier. He was helped by Brendon Christopher,Felix Seales and Al Sinclair and they managed to keep the halftime deficit down to one goal. And three minutes after the resumption, striker Joseph began to do his things. He levelled the scores when he dribble keeper Jan Michael Williams and gently placed the ball into the net.
The Savonetta lads could have gone ahead in the 62nd minute but, Viana kick straight to keeper Williams much to the disgust of their irate fans on hand. Then 13 minutes later, Joseph a resident of Mayaro, notched his second item when he got past a defender and again dribbled the advancing keeper Williams and blasted into the open goal.
Meanwhile, Connection, looking a bit leg-weary after playing less than 48 hours earlier in the tempestuous Toyota Cup final, began to run out of steam, and Joseph formerly of Mayaro Spurs got his 'trick when he dribbled a defender and drove home a "big bomb" from just on top the 18 metre-box, beating keeper Williams to his far right, and sending the Petrotrin bench wild.
After the contest, coach Brian Williams said that his team has been training very hard and the boys deserved the victory.