San Juan Jabloteh got a goal each from Sean Bonval and Jodel Brown to hold off Prison Service FC to move up to fifth on the Division One standings of the Ascension Invitational Football Tournament at San Juan North Secondary Ground, Bourg Mulatresse, San Juan on Sunday.
Bonval got the opener in the third-minute before Brown made it 2-0 12 minures later, only for Antonio Auguste to pull a goal back for Prison Service three minutes before the half-time interval.
Both teams then failed to add to their tally in the second half, and with Jabloteh picking up a third win in four matches to move to nine points, level with Club Sando FC who have played two matches more, and six behind Morvant Caledonia AIA who leads the table with maximum 15 points, two clear of Defence Force, both from five matches each.
In Sunday's other match, Dwane James scored the last-minute equaliser to earn Cunupia FC a 1-1 draw with Queen's Park Cricket Club at St Mary's College Ground, Serpentine Road, St Clair, after Shomarie Antonie's netted a tenth-minute opener for the host.
In Division Two, Petit Valley/Diego Martin United and Bethel United picked up valuable home wins on Sunday.
At St Anthony's College Ground, Morne Coco Road, Westmoorings, Akeil Thomas' 52nd-minute striker earned Petit Valley/Diego Martin United a 2-1 triumph against Harlem Strikers while Jokiah Leacock, Andel Noray and Tee Jay Cadiz were on target for Bethel United to beat RSSR FC, 3-1.
San Juan Jabloteh 2 (Sean Bonval 3rd, Jodel Brown 15th) vs Prison Service FC 1 (Antonio Auguste 42nd)
QPCC 1 (Shomarie Antoine 10th) vs Cunupia FC 1 Dwane James 90th)
Petit Valley/Diego Martin 2 (Ishaq Abdullah 19th, Akeil Thomas 52nd) vs Harlem Strikers 1 (Victor De Silva 36th)
Bethel United 3 (Jokiah Leacock 24th, Andel Noray 25th, Tee Jay Cadiz 35th) vs RSSR FC 1 (Glen Walker 48th)
Morvant Caledonia AIA 1 (Johnny Noreiga-Brito 85th) vs Police FC 0
Club Sando FC 1 (Shackiel Henry 92nd) vs Guaya United 0
La Horquetta Rangers 0 vs Defence Force 0
Matura ReUnited vs FC Santa Rosa, - Did Not Play due to waterlogged field
San Fernando Giants 2 (Kyron Williams 22nd, Kerville Jeremiah 24th) vs Club Sando Uprising Youths 0
Moruga FC 5 (Keion La Borde 19th, Kyle Morgan 29th, 71st, Nigel John 37th, Devon Molino 90th) vs Marabella Family C.C 1 (Kaylon Padilla 70th)
Police FC 2 (Dwayne Gonzales 6th, Daniel Warner 50th) vs Erin FC 0
UTT 2 (Che Benny 6th, Stevon Stoute 57th) vs Deportivo P.F 2 (Andrei Pacheco 27th, Justin Sadoo 36th)
Latest Ascension Division Standings
1. Morvant Caledonia*5*5*0*0*12*5*15
2. Defence Force*5*4*1*0*12*1*13
3. Cunupia FC*6*3*1*2*11*8*10
4. Club Sando*6*3*0*3*11*8*9
5. San Juan Jabloteh*4*3*0*1*8*5*9
6. Santa Rosa*5*2*1*2*9*11*7
7. Police FC*5*2*0*3*12*7*6
8. Guaya United*5*2*0*3*4*6*6
9. La Horquetta Rangers*2*1*1*0*10*2*4
11. Matura ReUnited*5*0*1*4*4*25*1
12. Prison Service*5*0*0*5*5*14*0
2. San F'do Giants*6*5*1*0*18*1*16
4. Police FC*6*4*0*2*8*8*12
5. Moruga FC*6*3*1*2*11*6*10
6. Bethel United*6*2*2*2*7*8*8
7. RSSR FC*6*2*1*3*5*5*7
9. Uprising Youths*6*1*2*3*8*14*5
10. Erin FC*6*1*1*4*7*17*4
11. Harlem Strikers*6*1*1*4*5*19*4
Upcoming Matches - Rescheduled
Defence Force vs San Juan Jabloteh, Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, 4 pm
Morvant Caledonia jump ahead of pack in Ascension.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).
MORVANT CALEDONIA AIA jumped ahead of the pack in Division One of the Ascension Invitational Football Tournament on Saturday. Caledonia got an 85th minute winner from Venezuelan attacker Johnny Noreiga-Brito (who moved to the top of the scoring chart with six) to defeat Police (Pro League) 1-0 at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Arima.
Defence Force, the overnight leaders, dropped their first points of the season as they were held to a goalless draw by Terminix La Horquetta Rangers at the La Horquetta Recreation Ground, Arima.
Caledonia now sit top with a perfect 15 points from five games, with Defence Force next with 13 points from five matches.
Shackiel Henry found the back of the net, in the second minute of second half stoppage-time, as Club Sando FC edged Guaya United 1-0 at the Guayaguayare Recreation Ground while the match between struggling Matura ReUnited and FC Santa Rosa was abandoned due to a waterlogged outfield at the Matura Recreation Ground.
Deportivo Point Fortin remained in first place, in Division Two, despite a 2-2 draw against the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) at the UTT O’Meara campus, Arima.
Che Benny put UTT in front after six minutes of play but veteran utility player Andrei Pacheco replied in the 27th with a deflected left-footed freekick, which went past the left of a flat-footed UTT goalkeeper Maenie Denoon.
Another midfielder, Justin Sadoo, netted Point Fortin’s second goal in the 36th minute.
T&T midfielder Judah Garcia whipped in a ball from the right flank towards his captain and team striker Hughtun Hector. The ex-T&T midfielder was unable to control the ball but Sadoo pounced on the loose ball and finished from close range.
Kishun Seecharan and skipper Kevaughn Connell missed glorious opportunities to tie the scores, but substitute Stevon Stoute duly obliged in the 67th – two minutes after replacing Benny.
Stoute was picked out by a delightful diagonal ball from left-back Jesus Perez and he placed his right-footed effort beyond the reach of the advancing keeper Denzil Smith.
UTT muffed a chance to take all three points in the 90th minute when substitute Reinaldo Atwell, was tripped in the penalty box by Ronell Paul saw his penalty saved by Smith.
San Fernando Giants moved level with Point Fortin with 16 points (but with an inferior goal difference) after a 2-0 victory over Club Sando Uprising Youths at the Guapo Recreation Ground, Point Fortin. Kyron Williams (22nd) and Kerville Jeremiah (24th) got their names on the scoresheet for the visitors.
Police (Super League) registered a similar 2-0 victory, over Erin FC, at the Larry Gomes Stadium, courtesy strikes from Dwayne Gonzales (20th) and Daniel Warner (50th).Moruga FC cruised to 5-1 triumph over the lowly Marabella Family Crisis Centre at the Grand Chemin Recreation Ground.
Kyle Morgan (29th and 71st), Keion La Rode (19th), Nigel John (37th) and Devon Molino (90th) were on target for Moruga, with Kaylon Padilla (70th) getting the consolation for Marabella.
Clubs call for Ascension extension.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).
Ferguson says organisers ready as…
THERE IS a strong possibility that there will be a second round of matches in the Ascension Invitational Football Tournament, if the proposed T-League (combination of Pro League and Super League) does not materialise.
During an extraordinary general meeting of the TT Super League, clubs called for an extension of the Ascension Tournament, which is set to end at the end of September.
In a letter sent by TT Super League general secretary Peter Thomas to TT Football Association general secretary Camara David, “Based on the lack of information received from the TTFA regarding funding and the start date of the proposed T-League, clubs support the playing of a second round of the Ascension Invitational Tournament 2019.”
Richard Ferguson, a director at Terminix La Horquetta Rangers and the brainchild behind the $2.3 million Ascension tournament, is supportive of the call to continue the competition.
“We had a meeting with the clubs,” said Ferguson yesterday. “About 16-17 clubs agreed to play a second round because, whilst there are promises, the fact is that nothing has been happening. Lots of dates are being thrown out but nothing concrete.
“I want to make it clear that the Ascension League will not play unless it’s governed or sanctioned by the TTFA,” Ferguson continued. “(Also) we will only play if there is no other league. If there is some other football playing or the T League, we will step aside and let them play. If there is no other league, then we will try and fill the void.” Ferguson pointed out, “We are ready and prepared. We have fixtures and so on. We just need the sanction from the TTFA. We’re ready to go.”
T League commission member Brent Sancho bemoaned the lack of financial support, from both the FIFA Forward Programme and Government, towards the proposed unified local football league.
“We are still awaiting the monies from both the FIFA Forward Programme and the (government) subvention,” said Sancho. “Nothing has changed, and nothing will change unless that position (concerning the funding) changes. I don’t know what is expected to be done but that is the current position.” Asked if the T-League has sought corporate sponsorship, Sancho replied, “You can’t write to any corporate entity. We’ve had preliminary discussions but what are you going to write and tell them? We need these two sets of monies to start the League.
“If we have not had any sort of consultation of those monies, nothing could start,” he added. “You need the monies, not only for the clubs, but more importantly the administrative side, the referees, officials, all those other things that you’ll need to run a football league.”
Concerning the call for the Ascension to be continued, Sancho said, “The Pro League has a board meeting on Wednesday and I’m sure all these things would be discussed. I can’t say anything as it relates to the extension. All I’ll say is that I congratulate Mr Ferguson and Ascension for making sure that there was football being played.”
Ferguson is also pleased with the quality of the tournament thus far.
“It’s quite successful,” he said. “The level of football is very high. The public has been engaging (the players) in the community grounds.”