‘Couva Sharks’ loses second on the trot; DeLeon guides Civic to second consecutive win; and Police stun Caledonia
Tyrone Charles punished his former employers twice in the second half to help Play Whe San Juan Jabloteh to a thrilling 3-2 win over current Digicel Pro League leaders and 10-man Central FC on Friday night in the second match of a Round Two Match Day Six double header at the Marvin Lee Stadium.
Central – defeated 2-1 by Defence Force last Tuesday – turned up with their chanting supporters and pounding drum, and opened the scoring in the 14th minute of a feisty first half at the Macoya venue.
Marvin Oliver slotted in a rebound for the 1-0 advantage after goalkeeper Raheem Belgrave had blocked out the veteran’s penalty strike following Mudassa Howe’s foul on Kaydion Gabriel in the box.
However on the 20th minute Jabloteh’s talented Jamaican midfielder, Fabian Reid, tied the scores 1-1 with a delightful curling strike into goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams’ upper corner after collecting a Calib Sturge pass and slipping the ball through the legs of defender Jamal Jack to free himself at the edge of the area.
Tyrone Charles then nicked his first of the night, with a toe poke for a 2-1 Jabloteh lead in the 58th minute, when he capitalised on a mix-up by goalkeeper Williams and “Couva Sharks”’ defenders, who failed to handle a long pass forward into the box by Isaiah Mc Intyre.
Central’s troubles worsened, just four minutes later, when referee Harris produced a direct red card to forward Rundell Winchester following a tackle on Jevon Morris. Harris had initially drawn the yellow card for the foul but switched to a direct red for abusive language by the player as Central later ended with 10 men for a second consecutive match.
But in the 66th minute the scores were tied 2-2 when Oliver converted from the penalty spot, for his seventh DPL goal this season, beating substitute goalie Aaron Enil, who had replaced Belgrave following the break.
Belgrave, replaced because of slight injury after clashing with Winchester in the first half, looked on from the stands when referee Harris ruled that defender Josiah Trimmingham had fouled Darren Mitchell in the box and when Enil was beaten.
Jabloteh defender, Howe, later made up for giving up an early penalty, by clearing off the line in the 77th minute to deny Central forward Willis Plaza, who struck towards goal from a Sean de Silva pass, as the “Couva Sharks”’ supporters continued to pound and chant on.
But seemingly drummed-up by the opposition, Charles fired in the 3-2 winner in the 81st minute to complete his double. The forward showed excellent strength to hold off defender Marcelle Francois after collecting a Reid pass to hit past goalkeeper Williams.
Despite the hard-fought victory Jabloteh continues to occupy fifth position but with an improved 19 points, 10 less than leaders Central (29 points), while defending champions DIRECTV W Connection, Defence Force and North East Stars occupy second, third and fourth respectively, with 23 points each.
W Connection and Defence Force will face each other from 4 pm on Saturday 7 February at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium to wrap up Round Two Match Day Six, which already include Point Fortin Civic and Police FC registering huge comfortable wins.
Civic, led by interim head coach Leroy De Leon following last weekend's exit by Reynold Carrington, whipped visiting cellar positioned St. Ann’s Rangers 4-1 at the Mahaica Oval in the early match on Friday, while Police FC stunned Caledonia AIA 3-0 in the first match of the double header at the Marvin Lee Stadium.
Rangers had taken a surprise lead in the 56th minute but De Leon's side, coming off a 2-1 win over Connection on Tuesday, fired back with four late goals to complete a second consecutive league win.
Marcus Joseph levelled the scores 1-1 in the 72nd minute and Shackiel Henry made it 2-1 by the 75th minute before a late double by Jamille Boatswain, netting in the 83rd and 91st minutes, completed the late rout.
The result kept Civic in sixth position, tied with seventh positioned Police, on 17 points, while Caledonia occupy eight position with 14 points, and Rangers at rock bottom with just one point.
Caledonia conceded in as early as the 3rd minute when forward Kareem Freitas completed a cool finish past goalkeeper Shemel Louison from close up following a flicked pass by Kareem Perry for a 1-0 Police lead.
The “Lawmen”, led by captain Todd Ryan cleverly marshalling the midfield, doubled the lead, 2-0, in the 29th minute when Clevon Mc Fee turned in a low powerful Micah Lewis cross.
And it wasn’t a surprise that Police added a third on the 60th minute for a 3-0 win when midfielder Kenaz Williams blasted from the top of the box to beat Louison into the top corner after he was picked out by a Perry cross.
Round Two Match Day Six Results
Police FC 3 (Kareem Freitas 3', Clevon Mc Fee 41', Kenaz Williams 60') vs Caledonia AIA 0
Central FC 2 (Marvin Oliver 14', 66') vs San Juan Jabloteh 3 (Fabian Reid 20', Tyrone Charles 58', 81')
Point Fortin Civic 4 (Marcus Joseph 72', Shackiel Henry 75', Jamille Boatswain 83', 90') vs St. Ann's Rangers 1 (Jelani Peters 56')
Police FC: 18.Adrian Foncette (Yellow Card); 5.Anton Hutchinson, 6.Kenaz Williams, 15.Jameel Perry (7.Makesi Lewis 79th), 12.Micah Lewis, 20.Elijah Belgrave, 21.Todd Ryan, 1.Kareem Freitas (8.Kurdell Braithwaite 75th), 25.Noel Williams (Yellow Card), 24.Jibri Mc David, 29.Clevon Mc Fee (35.Kerry Frederick 67th)
Unused substitutes: 30.Marcus Chandool, 32.Kaaron Foster, 34.Keston Mata (GK), 9.Hector Sam
Coach: Richard Hood
Caledonia AIA: 1.Shemel Louison; 8.Keron Bethelmy, 10.Hayden Tinto (4.Conrad Smith 73rd), 5.Cristoper Mejia (Yellow Card), 12.Kareem Joseph, 9.Keyon Edwards, 28.Pernell Schultz, 23.Jamil Joseph, 27.Nathan Lewis, 30.Domini Garnett (26.Nicholas Mercano 53rd), 22.Jameel Neptune
Unused substitutes: 31.Kyle Adams, 19.Julio Noel, 60.D'Eandre Villaroel (GK), 32.Kyle Bartholomew, 20.Rogelio Robinson
Coach: Jerry Moe
Central FC: 21.Jan-Michael Williams; 11.Darren Mitchell, 12.Jamal Jack, 7.Jason Marcano (Yellow Card), 15.Kaydion Gabriel, 8.Sean de Silva (19.Nathaniel Garcia 86th), 33.Willis Plaza, 77.Rundell Winchester (Red Card), 4.Uriah Bentick, 2.Elton John, 17.Marcelle Francois (4.Michael Yaw Darko 83rd)
Unused substitutes: 30.Akel Clarke (GK), 29.Upston Edwards, 4.Uriah Bentick, 99.Dwight Quintero, 14.Jean-Luc Rochford
Coach: Zoran Vranes
San Juan Jabloteh: 36.Raheem Belgrave (35.Aaron Enil 46th); 18.Jevon Morris, 22.Calib Sturge (16.Samuel Delice 76th), 10.Kerry Baptiste, 12.Brendon Boucaud, 15.Isaiah Mc Intyre, 17.Fabian Reid, 4.Garth Thomas, 5.Mudassa Howe (Yellow Card) (6.Dario Holmes 81st), 26.Josiah Trimmingham, 29.Tyrone Charles
Unused substitutes: 8.Newton Sterling, 14.Shaquille Bertrand, 23.Brandon Figuera, 21.Neil Mitchell
Coach: Keith Jeffrey