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AN own goal in the last minute of regulation time saw TT Super League leaders Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC) salvage a 2-2 draw against Bethel United in Tobago, Sunday.
The “Parkites”, still without their leading scorer Sean de Silva who is on a trial abroad, earned the point after pulling two goals back from a 2-0 half-time deficit.
Bethel looked to be headed toward their first win of the season against an unbeaten QPCC, after attacker Tee Jay Cadiz scored a quick-fire double in the third and 18th minutes.
QPCC, still atop the 14-team standings by three points, pulled one back via Trevon Mitchell in the 73rd before Bethel’s Ken Alleyne put the ball into his own net in the 89th minute.
The result benefited second-placed Cunupia FC who made up ground after last weekend’s 2-1 loss to Queen’s Park.
Cunupia’s dynamic forward Kevon Woodley scored a brace on Saturday against Club Sando to see his side to a 2-0 win.
League action will restart with match-day nine tomorrow featuring Petit Valley/Diego Martin United against FC Santa Rosa at St Anthony’s College Ground at 4pm. All remaining matches will be played on Thursday.
Tomorrow – Petit Valley/Diego Martin United v FC Santa Rosa, St Anthony’s College, 4pm.
Thursday – RSSR FC v Guaya United FC; QPCC v Police FC, St Mary’s College Grounds, 4 pm; UTT v San Fernando Giants, UTT Ground, 7 pm; Club Sando v Bethel United, Dibe Ground, 5 pm; Matura Reunited v Cunupia FC, Valencia Secondary Ground, 4 pm.
Metal X Erin FC v Guaya United 1 (Carlin Hughes 35th).
UTT 1 (Shaquille Smith 74th)v FC Santa Rosa 4 (Giovanni Abraham 3rd, Kheelon Mitchell 40th, Noel Williams 55th, Kevon Cornwall 75th).
Cunupia FC (Kevon Woodley 37th, 45th) v Club Sando 0.
Prison Service FC 3 (Nathan Julien 14th, 17th, Ricardo Alleyne 89th) v Diego Martin Petit Valley United 2 (own goal 11th, Kazim Donald 39th).
Bethel United 2 (Tee Jay Cadiz 3rd, 18th) v QPCC 2 (Terevon Mitchell 73rd, own goal 89th).
Police FC 3 (Jason Boodram 8th, 59th, Kaaron Forster 68th) v RSSR FC 0.
Santa Rosa wary of winless Petit Valley/Diego.
By Andrew Gioannetti (Newsday).
DESPITE a disappointing start to the season, Petit Valley/Diego Martin United coach Dale Tavares said his team intends to throw the “kitchen sink” at FC Santa Rosa when they meet today in TT Super League midweek action.
An in-form FC Santa Rosa, now fourth after five wins and three losses, will travel to St Anthony’s College Ground, Westmoorings, for a 4pm clash. All other matches this round will be played tomorrow.
Petit Valley/Diego are confident they can turn their season around and give their communities something to cheer for.
Today, being Emancipation Day, the club has invited families to watch the action with the promise of free ice cream courtesy Creamery Novelties and Blue Bunny Ice Cream.
Winless after eight matches, Tavares acknowledged their fans are disappointed with the results, but said the players – most of whom are home-grown – are “learning, working hard and would be throwing everything, even the proverbial kitchen sink to get points and find a winning formula.”
Tavares said the unavailability of the Northern Recreation Ground to train has hampered their preparation.
According to Tavares: “It’s been a tough ride as an unsponsored club, but more so feeling the effects of not having a full sized field for regular training.”
His opposite number, Derek King, is not taking things for granted despite Petit Valley/Diego Martin’s abysmal record so far.
“Don’t mind Petit Valley haven’t won a game, some reports that we get and from seeing them play, they have a lot of fight and they are a talented bunch,” said the former national defender and coach, who took charge of the “Big Cannons” in April.
“In some of the games, they were unlucky not to get a result. But, they’re playing at home and football is won on the day. As I told my players, take nothing for granted; you have to go out and do your role and function in the individual battles, and when you get your chance, score the goals.
“We are not taking Petit Valley lightly because it wasn’t one of (our) best starts. This is my first year working with the guys. We brought in a couple of young players and I think they now more or less adapting to the style of play; so I think it’s important that tomorrow we don’t take Petit Valley for granted.”
King and FC Santa Rosa are coming off their third straight victory – a 4-1 win over UTT on Saturday. They have built momentum after an ordinary start to the season and are keen on bettering their second place finish last year.
“It’s important we get our points now especially in our away games. We have won plenty away games, and when we analysed, we compete with the top teams in the league and then lost some against the lower teams. But I think it’s important that we’re five points from the leaders (Queen’s Park) and once we get the results, we have the teams to play, we have plenty more games, we can get those points and win it (league).”
Super League fixtures:
Petit Valley/Diego Martin United v FC Santa Rosa, St Anthony’s College Ground, 4 pm
RSSR FC v Guaya United, Hasely Crawford Stadium, 7pm
Prison Service v Metal X Erin FC, YTC Ground, Arouca, 3.30 pm
QPCC FC v Police FC, St Mary’s College Ground, 4 pm
Matura Reunited FC v Cunupia FC, Valencia Secondary Ground, 4 pm
Club Sando v Bethel United, Dibe Ground, Long Circular Road, 5 pm
UTT v San Fernando Giants, UTT Ground, O’Meara, 7 pm