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Liburd: Connection tie NE Stars
« on: September 03, 2007, 08:09:07 AM »
Another scoreless Sunday.
By: Lasana Liburd (Express).

Connection tie Stars

The Sangre Grande Regional Corporation might want to look into a recent development at its sports ground.
Unknown to the local town council and the 2007 Pro League, it seems that there is a persistent attempt to change the name of the home venue of the Economy North East Stars. It used to be called the Sangre Grande Recreational Ground. Perhaps the “Sangre Grande Scoreless Stadium” is more appropriate.
It is seven weeks since Stars’ supporters have seen a goal in Sangre Grande and they were made to endure another scoreless Sunday yesterday as the hosts were held goalless by south-based outfit, Vibe CT 105 W. Connection.
From seven league matches this season, the Recreational Ground has yielded nine goals but five of those items came from one match—they edged Police 3-2 on July 1. That exception apart, the ground averages almost a goal every other match. And Sangre Grande fans are waiting patiently for that other match.
Even including away games, the Stars’ tally of 22 goals from 21 outings is the lowest in the League—one less than bottom placed Tobago United, who have a game in hand.
There were consolations for Stars owner Darryl Mahabir, of course. A point against three-time professional champs Connection is normally nothing to scoff at while it is worth pointing out that Stars were without their frontline strike pair of Guyanese international Randolph Jerome and Trinidad and Tobago under-23 player Kendall Jagdeosingh.
The Stars are also undefeated in their last six home matches, which include fixtures against defending champions Joe Public, present leaders CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh and title contenders, Neal & Massy Caledonia AIA.
But there is the feeling that Sangre Grande long for more excitement during game time rather than merely in the block party that usually follows the final whistle.
Invariably, their offensive threat tends to stem from diminutive playmaker Kendall Velox and the Vincentian veteran was his usual cocktail of style and substance yesterday. The dreadlocked midfield bolt Andre Charles was in the mood too and it meant that the Stars had more possession than might normally be expected against the fifth placed Connection.
Too often, promising build-ups were not followed by efforts on goal, though, and, when the Sangre Grande team did take aim, they found former employee and new Connection goalkeeper Marvin Phillips to be unbeatable.
Connection, one could assume, did not enjoy their trip into the north east. They found their dressing room too restrictive and discussed tactics on the basketball court during the halftime break while the muddy, uneven surface negated their usual passing game.
Connection fared better after replacing their Latin American trio of Brazilians Gefferson Goulart and Ronaldo Viana and Colombian Christian Viveros early in the second half as St Lucian veteran Earl Jean and local Hughton Hector, in particular, showed better appreciation of the difficult conditions. But it was not enough to snap the Stars’ stretch of six matches without defeat.
Now if only the eight placed Stars can crack their own run of scoreless outings before they are renamed “North East Nil”.
« Last Edit: September 03, 2007, 08:14:55 AM by Flex »


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