Fri, Jan

Jorsling, Mc Intyre give Army winning start.

For­mer na­tion­al strik­er, De­vorn Jorsling and Jerome Mc In­tyre were both on tar­get to lead De­fence Force to a 2-0 de­feat of Cunu­pia FC in their open­ing match of the $2.3 mil­li­on As­cen­sion In­vi­ta­tion­al Foot­ball League Di­vi­sion One on Sun­day.

Jorsling, the all-time lead­ing scor­er of the now-de­funct T&T Pro League with more than 150 goals to his name, opened the scor­ing in the 31st minute for a 1-0 half-time ad­van­tage at the Lar­ry Gomes Sta­di­um, Mal­abar, be­fore Mc In­tyre sealed all three points for the vis­i­tors in the 73rd.

With the win, De­fence Force joined Guaya Unit­ed, Mor­vant Cale­do­nia AIA Unit­ed and Club San­do FC at the top of the ta­ble with three points each.

In Di­vi­sion Two, RSSR FC trounced hosts Mara­bel­la Fam­i­ly Cri­sis cen­tre 3-0 at the Man­nie Ramjohn Sta­di­um, Train­ing Field, Mara­bel­la on Sun­day led by a first-half brace from Jovon Vin­cent.

Vin­cent fired in the go-ahead item as ear­ly as the third minute and got his sec­ond in the 38th af­ter for­mer na­tion­al youth play­er Mic­ah Lan­siquot made it 2-0 in the 30th.

There were two oth­er Di­vi­sion Two match­es, with Bethel Unit­ed be­ing held to a 2-2 draw by vis­it­ing Club San­do Up­ris­ing at Mt Gomery Recre­ation Ground, while San Fer­nan­do Gi­ants and Erin FC drew goal­less at Union Hall Ground, Mara­bel­la. Match­es will be re­sume on Fri­day.


Di­vi­sion One

From Fri­day

Guaya Unit­ed 2 (Ke­ston Fron­tin 10th, Shaque­lle Fer­ri­er 65th) vs Po­lice FC 1 (Chris­t­ian Thomas 21st)

FC San­ta Rosa 0 vs QPCC 0

From Sat­ur­day

Mor­vant Cale­do­nia AIA 4 (Re­nal­do Fran­cois 10th, 40th, Shem Clazel 34th, John­ny Brit­to 65th) vs Prison Ser­vice 2 (Akeem Bid­dy-Bai­ley 57th, Ri­car­do Al­leyne 88th)

Club San­do 6 (Trevin Cae­sar 37th, 49th, 74th, Keron Corn­wall 50th, Aki­no­la Gre­go­ry 65th, Neon Lam­my 71st) vs Matu­ra Re­Unit­ed FC 0

From Sun­day

De­fence Force 2 (De­vorn Jorsling 31st, Jerome Mc In­tyre 73rd) vs Cunu­pia FC 0

Di­vi­sion Two

From Sat­ur­day

De­porti­vo P.F 7 (Mar­cus Joseph 4th, 38th, 41st, Hugh­tun Hec­tor 18th, An­drei Pacheco 48th, Kevin Mood­ie 88th, 93rd) vs Harlem Strik­ers 0

UTT 4 (Theon James 16th, Dil­lon Bartholomew 83rd, 87th, Kishun Seecha­ran 85th) vs Moru­ga FC 2 (Nigel John 39th, Aaron Rod­ney 71st)

Po­lice FC 2 (Don­avon Der­rick 40th, Ja­mal Burke 42nd) vs Pe­tit Val­ley/Diego Mar­tin Unit­ed 1 (Akeil Thomas 53rd)

From Sun­day

RSSR FC 3 (Jovon Vincet 3rd, 38th, Mic­ah Lan­siquot 30th) vs Mara­bel­la Fam­i­ly Cri­sis Cen­tre 0

Bethel Unit­ed 2 (Shaquille Cox 49th, Ker­ri Mc Don­ald 53rd) vs Club San­do Up­ris­ing Youths 2 (Kyle Ce­les­tine 38th, Jabari Mitchell 42nd)

San Fer­nan­do Gi­ants 0 vs Erin FC 0

Up­com­ing match­es

Di­vi­sion One

On Fri­day

FC San­ta Rosa vs Cunu­pia FC, Ari­ma Mu­nic­i­pal Sta­di­um, Ari­ma, 8pm

On Sat­ur­day

De­fence Force vs Prison Ser­vice FC, De­fence Force Head­quar­ters, Ch­aguara­mas, 3.30pm

Mor­vant Cale­do­nia AIA vs Club San­do FC, Venue TBC

Matu­ra Re­Unit­ed vs Guaya Unit­ed, Matu­ra Rec. Grd, 4pm

On Sun­day

San Juan Jabloteh vs Po­lice FC, San Juan North Sec­ondary, Bourg Mu­la­tresse, San Juan, 4pm.

Di­vi­sion Two

On Sat­ur­day

Moru­ga FC vs Bethel Unit­ed, Grand Chemin Rce. Grd, Moru­ga, 4pm

Club San­do Up­ris­ing Youths vs RSSR FC, Guapo Rec. Grd, 6.30pm

On Sun­day

Harlem Strik­ers vs Erin FC, Fred­er­ick Set­tle­men Grd, Ca­roni, 5.30pm

Mara­bel­la Fam­i­ly C.Ce vs De­porti­vo P.F, Man­nie Ramjohn Sta­di­um, Train­ing Field, Mara­bel­la, 4pm

San Fer­nan­do Gi­ants vs Po­lice FC, Union Hall Ground, Mara­bel­la, 4pm

Pe­tit Val­ley/Diego Mar­tin Unit­ed vs UTT, St An­tho­ny's Col­lege Grd, West­moor­ings, 4pm


Jorsling, McIntyre goals give Defence Force winning start
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).

DEFENCE FORCE made a winning start to the 2019 Ascension Invitational Tournament, on Sunday, with a 2-0 win over Cunupia FC, in a Division One fixture, at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Arima.

Evergreen striker Devorn Jorsling and Jerome McIntyre scored in either half as the Army-Coast Guard combination thwarted the challenge of their combative opponents.

Jorsling, who looked heavier than he has been throughout his distinguished local playing career, showed that he has lost little of his scoring touch when he found the back of the net in the 31st minute.

Winger Jelani Felix made a run down the left and sent a low cross which was missed by captain Jerwyn Balthazar. But Jorsling was on hand to slot home the loose ball, from a few metres out.

Six minutes later, Cunupia had a good chance to equalise, as Hakeem Legall intercepted a poor pass from Jules Lee and his shot went wide of the mark. Jorsling could have doubled his account in the 59th, with a trademark left-footed freekick which crashed off the crossbar with goalkeeper Cleon John beaten.

Right-back McIntyre, who required medical attention after a pair of head injuries, redeemed himself to net Defence Force’s second goal, in the 73rd.

Felix sent in a corner from the right which was headed onto the crossbar by Balthazar, but McIntyre headed the rebound into the open net.Defence Force’s goalie Aaron Enill produced a pair of saves to deny skipper Kevon “Showtime” Woodley and Mikheil Peters, following a Legall freekick, in the 75th.

And Enill came up trumps again, in the 81st, as he dived to his right to save a penalty from Woodley, after the TT Beach Soccer striker was bundled over in the box by defender Justin Garcia. This game was one of four which took place on Sunday.

The match between Erin FC and the San Fernando Giants ended in a goalless draw at the Union Hall Ground in Marabella.

Match three was one crisis that Marabella Family Crisis Centre couldn’t prevent, losing 3-0 to RSSR FC. Jovon Vincent was just one short of his hat-trick, with teammate Micah Lansiquot netting the third.

The final match ended in a 2-2 draw between Bethel United and Club Sando Uprising Youths. Kyle Celestine and Jabari Mitchell secured goals for Uprising, and Shaquille Cox and Kerri Mc Donald for United.

Five matches were held on Saturday. Playing in Division One were Caledonia AIA who secured a 4-2 win over Prison Service FC at the YTC grounds in Arouca. Caledonia got two goals from Renaldo Francois, and teammates Shem Clauzel and Johnny Brito scoring one each.

The evening ended in disappointment for Matura Re-United who failed to find the back of the net on their home ground as Club Sando earned a lopsided 6-0 victory. National forward Trevin Caesar, who played for Kosovan club SC Gjilani last season, scored a hat-trick while Keron Cornwall, Akinola Gregory, Neon Lammy also added their name to the scoresheet at the Matura Recreational Ground.

Police FC (Super League) faced Petit Valley/Diego Martin United at Police Academy, St James, and prevailed 2-1 with first half goals from Donavon Derrick and Jamal Burke. United tried to make a comeback as Akeil Thomas copped a goal in the 53rd minute but Police held firm till the final whistle.

Meanwhile, at the UTT grounds in O’Meara, Arima, UTT defeated Moruga FC 4-2. UTT’s Theon James started it off with a goal in the 16th minute. Nigel John and Aaron Rodney netted for Moruga FC in the second half but UTT responded with a second from James and strikes from Dillon Bartholomew and Kishun Seecharan.

Deportivo Point Fortin (PF) crushed Harlem Strikers 7-0 at the Mahaica Oval in Point Fortin, with a treble from TT forward Marcus “Lobo” Joseph, two from Kevon Moodie and one apiece from Hughtun Hector and Andrei Pacheco.

On Friday, Guaya United edged Police (Pro League) 2-1 at the Guayaguayare Recreation Ground while FC Santa Rosa were held to a goalless draw by Queen’s Park at the Arima Velodrome. The tournament will continue this weekend.

Deportivo PF demolish Harlem Strikers 7-0
By Narissa Fraser (Newsday).

CARONI’S Harlem Strikers suffered a humiliating 7-0 defeat against Deportivo Point Fortin (PF),on Saturday evening, at the Mahaica Oval, in Point Fortin.

Both teams are in division two of the 2019 Ascension Invitational tournament, which began on Friday.

Deportivo PF wasted no time as forward Marcus “Lobo” Joseph, who now plays for Indian club Gokulam Kerala FC, secured a goal in the 4th minute. Captain Hughton Hector also added his name to the scoresheet soon after in the 11th minute.

The Strikers defenders continued to struggle with clearing the ball as Joseph cruised past them to secure a hat trick in the first half with goals in the 38th and 41st minutes and Andrei Pacheco netting another just after.

Strikers fans were visibly frustrated as they looked on during the second half, hoping their team could secure a goal before the final minute. But Deportivo PF continued their streak with two strikes from Rehad Moodie, with the match ending in disappointment for the Strikers.

Speaking with Newsday, goal scorer Marcus Joseph said he believes the downfall of the Strikers was that they did not play as a unit, adding that he was elated to secure a hat trick for his team.

“The game was a pretty good game, it was very nice for our first game. It’s always great to get goals and we played as a team,” Joseph said.

Strikers captain Ita Charles, who was unable to play due to injury, told Newsday, “We could have improvised to the situation because everything was against us. The other team was better, they came out firing, close to the ball. What we need to do is regroup and move forward.”