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‘Eastern Lions’ stay top with slim win over Rangers.
« on: November 26, 2006, 07:51:56 AM »
‘Eastern Lions’ stay top with a 1-0 win over Rangers.
By: Vinod Narwani (ttproleague).
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B Mobile Joe Public have returned to winning ways following an all important 1-0 win against Superstar Rangers FC in the third round of the Lucozade Sport ‘Big Six’ on Saturday at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella.
The Eastern Lions got their lone item in the 65th minute from substitute Sean Cooper, which keeps them ahead of the pack in the T&T Pro League with 62 points from 30 matches.
Joe Public applied the pressure from early on, with Wolry Wolfe narrowly shooting wide of goalkeeper Shurland Awai in the 20th minute.
A scramble near the Rangers goal in the 28th minute led to the ball landing comfortably for Roen Nelson, but he just shot over the bar.
Rangers then had a chance to draw first blood three minutes later when Abassi McPherson went towards goal, but he lost his footing inside the box to the relief of the Michael Mc Commie-coached side.
The league leaders found the net in the 43rd minute, but the goal was disallowed for offside; Nelson’s shot from distance was saved by the Rangers custodian, and the rebound was pounced upon by Gary Glasgow who slotted home only for the flag to be raised.
This did not discourage the local powerhouses as Wolfe sent a ball to Glasgow on the right flank, and his distribution across the goalmouth was narrowly hit off target by Nelson with a minute remaining in the opening half.
Rangers tried to open their account just before the end of the first period when Ricardo Aleong hit a powerful low drive to the right of the diving Joe Public custodian Aleanjandro Figueroa, but it went just wide once again.
The second half was one where there was a lot of play in the centre of the pitch, with a lack of penetration.
However, Joe Public pressed on and got the lone item from a corner, which was headed in by Cooper in the 65th minute.
In the 70th, substitute Arnold Dwarika sent a through ball to Michael-Lee Celestine whose shot was saved by the Rangers keeper.
Cooper made a solo run on the left flank from his half into the Rangers half, only to send an inaccurate ball across the goalmouth, which was a problem on the night for the Lions.
Rangers suffered another setback just before the final whistle as Rafer Ross was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Wolfe.
It did not matter, however, as far as the encounter was concerned because the match soon came to an end.
At the final whistle, Joe Public opened their ‘Big Six’ account with three points, but their main focus is on trying to lift the Pro League crown and with this victory they remain 3 points clear of the chasing pack with two rounds of matches to come.

Teams:

Joe Public:
– Aleanjandro Figueroa, Lyndon Diaz (Sean Cooper), Dale Saunders (capt), Lyndon Andrews, Michael Lee-Celestine, Gary Glasgow (Devon Mitchell in 75th), Roen Nelson (Arnold Dwarika in 60th), Abassi McPherson, Dexter Franklyn, Wolry Wolfe, Seon Power.

Goal scorer—Sean Cooper (65)

Coach – Michael McComie

Superstar Rangers: – Shurland Awai, Rafer Ross, Dean Pacheco, Colin Roberts (Todd Ryan in 54th), Lorne Joseph (Josimar Belgrave in 76th), Kerwyn Jemmott, Jason Eastman, Shem McFarlene (Kerwyn Cooper in 70th), Errol McFarlene (capt), Ricardo Aleong, Milton Fabian Correa Gomez.

Coach – Anthony Streete

Match referee – Richard Piper
« Last Edit: November 26, 2006, 08:02:35 AM by Flex »
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