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‘Tiny’ strike lifts 10-man Caledonia over Jabloteh; star-studded Central held by Police.
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HASELY CRAWFORD STADIUM, Port of Spain – Kareem Joseph scored two minutes from time to lift 10-man Caledonia AIA 1-0 over cross-town rivals San Juan Jabloteh on a night that provided more red cards than goals.

All following a stinger from Caledonia substitute Keyon Edwards which was blocked out by defender Keino Goodridge, Jabloteh goalkeeper Shane Mattis blocked out the follow-up crack at goal from another substitute Nical Stephens, but from the rebound right-fullback Joseph whipped back in the ball and the Jamaican goalie could only manage some glove as the ball floated into the back of his net.

The win propelled the Morvant/Laventille three spots up the 2013/2014 Digicel Pro League standings into third with 17 points, joining Point Fortin Civic and North East Stars on the same tally.

One point ahead of them are second positioned Police, who held a star-studded fifth positioned Central FC to a goalless draw in the first match of the Round Two Match Day Five double header.

And 14 points ahead of the pack are unbeaten leaders DIRECTV W Connection (32 points), who will visit the Mahaica Oval from 3.30 pm on Saturday against home side Point Fortin Civic in a highly anticipated clash.

Connection last registered a 2-0 win over the Stars, while Point Fortin, in their last outing, played to a goalless stalemate against Central at the Mahaica Oval.

Central meanwhile picked up its fourth consecutive draw on Friday although boasting the likes of mid-season signings Sean de Silva, Willis Plaza, Leston Paul, Ataulla Guerra, Samuel Delice and Yohance Marshall in the starting line-up which included goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams, Jamal Jack, Elton John, Jason Marcano and Rundell Winchester.

Debutant de Silva looked pretty ok from attacking midfield, hitting wide of the net in the 2nd minute, and from two of his free kicks later on; Winchester volleyed inches high of goalkeeper Adrian Foncette’s crossbar in the 31st minute, and defender jack header over in the 45th minute.

Then just before the halftime whistle both Police and Central were reduced to 10 men. Police midfielder Trent Noel was the first to be shown the red card out referee Keon Yorke’s pocket, after the former Trinidad and Tobago international aggressively pulled the match official to protest of a foul on winger Joel Lewis.

Noel’s argument was that Guerra, already booked by the official, had elbowed Lewis, and after consulting his assistant, Yorke popped up again to flash the red card to the Central midfielder.

Central head coach Terry Fenwick made a swap at the start of the second half, replacing de Silva with fleet-footed Johan Peltier, and later threw in Dwight Quintero at the expense of Winchester.

Peltier curled an effort wide of the far upper corner in the 75th minute, then adjusted his scope moments later with another curling effort but was blocked out by Foncette. The rebound was struck wide by Plaza, who also missed the target just seven minutes into the match.

Police head coach Richard Hood, who led the “Lawmen” to a 4-1 win over the “Central Sharks” in Round One would surely think that his opponents were the lucky ones.

Jameel Perry’s header in the 55th minute crashed off the crossbar after meeting a cross from the right by his brother Kareem ten minutes inside the second period. Then in the 67th minute, Jameel acting on a quick release from midfield, side-stepped defender Marshall outside the area before curling an effort wide of Williams’ far upright.

And seconds after replacing Lewis in the 68th minute, Elijah Belgrave’s laser didn’t miss Williams’ far upright by much.

The “Lawmen” opened another gap and in the 72nd minute, but Central defender John was fortunate after taking down Jameel a few yards outside the area. Midfielder Kenaz Williams was ambitious from distance in the 87th minute, but didn’t win Hood’s side maximum points, after hitting wide of the upper corner.

Instead it was Joseph’s late strike in the 88th minute in the second contest of the night that ended a three-match winless transported by Caledonia.

In a match of few chances, Caledonia lost its instrumental midfielder Densill Theobald to a direct red card in the 66th minute for what referee Gyasi Mc Donald deemed an elbowing to the face of Jabloteh substitute Neil Mitchell. A few minutes earlier, Caledonia striker Jamal Gay was carried away by ambulance for a suspected broken nose, after a collision in the Jabloteh area.

Gay had one of Caledonia’s two efforts of the first half, forcing a tip behind by Mattis, and the other was a volleyed effort onto the base of the upright by debutant Jameel Neptune, who met Nathan Lewis’s deep cross at the back post.

Jabloteh meanwhile, with head coach Keith Jeffrey pacing the technical area, only had two real chances, which came from none other than forward Kerry Baptiste.

Baptiste drove an early effort wide of Graham’s far post in the 61st minute after meeting a Jevon Morris pass inside the right of the area, and seven minutes later his glancing header off Bradley Welch’s cross failed to trouble the Jamaican goalie.

Welch later won himself a yellow card in stoppage time for a reckless sliding challenge on Graham.

Digicel Pro League 2013/2014 Round Two Match Day Five Friday’s Results

Police FC 0 – 0 Central FC

San Juan Jabloteh 0 – 1 Caledonia AIA
Kareem Joseph 88’

Saturday’s Fixture

Point Fortin Civic vs W Connection—3.30 pm, Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin

Teams

Police FC—18. Adrian Foncette, 21. Todd Ryan (C), 2. Jasimar Ashers, 39. Joel Kevin Lewis (20. Elijah Belgrave 68th), 10. Trent Noel (Red Card), 19. Christon Thomas (Yellow Card) (27. Clevon Mc Fee 68th), 17. Dexter Alleyne, 5. Anton Hutchinson, 6. Kenaz Williams, 11. Kareem Perry, 15. Jameel Perry (8. Akiba Peters 79th)

Unused substitutes—34. Keston Mata (GK), 1. Errol Charles, 12. Vernell Ramirez, 25. Kemron Purcell

Coach—Richard Hood

Central FC— 21. Jan-Michael Williams, 45. Ataullah Guerra (C) (Yellow + Red Card), 2. Elton John, 6. Leston Paul, 4. Sean de Silva (13. Yohan Peltier 46th), 12. Jamal Jack, 17. Rundell Winchester (9. Dwight Quintero 68th), 7. Jason Marcano (Yellow Card), 27. Samuel Delice, 50. Yohance Marshall, 1. Willis Plaza

Unused substitutes—25. Javon Sample (GK), 11. Darren Mitchell, 15. Kaydion Gabriel, 22. Keon Trim, 24. Akeem Benjamin

Coach— Terry Fenwick

Teams

San Juan Jabloteh—30. Shane Mattis, 10. Kerry Baptiste (C) (23. Marcus Joseph 81st), 6. Dario Holmes, 24. Kareem Smith (26. Keino Goodridge 42nd), 12. Jamal Spencer, 20. Dwane James, 9. Jelani Felix, 8. Bradley Welch (Yellow Card), 18. Jevon Morris, 7. Rennie Britto (21. Neil Mitchell 13th), 14. Shaquille Bertrand

Unused substitutes—16. Nyron Jones (GK), 15. Micah Lewis, 4. Jean-Luc Rochford, 5. Mudassa Howe, 19. Dillon Kirton

Coach—Keith Jeffrey

Caledonia AIA—34. Kevin Graham, 7. Stephan David (C), 3. Nuru Abdullah Muhammad, 2. Aubrey David, 12. Kareem Joseph (Yellow Card), 18. Denron Frederick (19. Nical Stephens 78th), 20. Noel Williams, 21. Densill Theobald, 23. Jamal Gay, 22. Jameel Neptune (10. Ralph Lundy 46th), 23. Jamal Gay (9. Keyon Edwards 62nd), 27. Nathan Lewis

Unused substitutes—4. Raymond Alleyne, 6. Marcus Ambrose, 13. Julian Wade, 33. Jesse Peters (GK)

Coach—Jamaal Shabazz

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Re: ‘Tiny’ strike lifts AIA over Jabloteh; Central held by Police.
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2014, 06:54:51 AM »
Broken nose derails Caledonia striker Jamal Gay
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Caledonia AIA striker Jamal Gay is set undergo surgery on Thursday morning at Medical Associates in St. Joseph for nasal fractures suffered during his team’s 1-0 win over San Juan Jabloteh last Friday.

But the effects of the injury are more than a simple hurdle for the overlooked 24-year-old Trinidad and Tobago striker and his Morvant/Laventille club.

Gay, who had a stint in Germany with Rot-Weiss Oberhausen in 2009, was expected to join Finland’s Rovaniemen Palloseura (RoPS) this month but must now focus on surgery and recovery before reconsidering a his return Europe.

“I only just started to improve on my game,” said a disappointed Gay (wheezing repeatedly).

“I didn’t have a great showing in the first half of the (Pro League) season. But I was really working hard on my sharpness and doing a lot of extra work—separate from regular training—with other teammates with the assistance of coach Jamaal Shabazz. Now this (injury) is a setback for me.”

In Gay’s recollection of the incident, which happened around the hour mark at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, the six-feet-four-inches tall striker said, “My teammate won a ball against the Jabloteh left-back and played a cross. I was running towards the first post, but upon judging that the ball wasn’t going to reach me, and goalkeeper Shane Mattis already shouting ‘keeper’, I stopped. And that’s when (Jabloteh defender) Jevon Morris deliberately ran across me and kinked his elbow.

“While the physiotherapist (Dawn-Marie Wickham) attended me to on the field, and blood pouring from my nose, I asked Jevon why he had to do that. He said, ‘Who tell you to run by the keeper?’”

If there was indeed an intentional elbowing, referee Gyasi Mc Donald and his first assistant missed it. Six minutes later Mc Donald flashed a direct red card to Caledonia Densill Theobald, deeming that the midfielder elbowed Jabloteh substitute Neil Mitchell, something Caledonia denies.

His nose broken in two places, a black eye, and cut across his face, Gay added, “I could understand if it was by accident. No one is saying don’t play aggressive, but all of us are trying to better ourselves as players and for greater opportunities.”

Gay, scorer of 4 of Caledonia’s 18 league goals this season, was whisked off by ambulance to the St. James Medical Complex, and then to the Port of Spain General Hospital on Friday night. According to the player, POS General Hospital was only able to facilitate his surgery on Tuesday 11 February, but on the advice of the T&T National Team doctor Dr. Terrence Babwah, the operation will now be done at an earlier date at Medical Associates in St. Joseph.

“It was a really painful experience, continued Gay, who represented T&T at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt and has 5 caps with the T&T Senior Team. “The swelling around my eye has gone down a lot but literally my nose is shifting to one side. Even the doctor couldn’t believe that the injury came from an elbowing. He even asked if I was kicked in the face.”

“It was deliberate and it’s disturbing to know that some players are coming out to injure other players and their livelihoods,” said an infuriated Caledonia general manager Ricarda Nelson.

Caledonia, now stuck with a medical bill already totaling TT$ 13,200, are fifth on the nine-team Pro League standings, and are also preparing for next month’s Caribbean qualifiers to the Concacaf Champions League.

Caledonia, winners of the 2012 Caribbean Club Championship, are potted in Group 2, to be contested from March 19-26 against hosts Sportiv de Mirebalaif, Jamaica’s Waterhouse FC and Inter Moengotapoe of Suriname.

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Re: ‘Tiny’ strike lifts AIA over Jabloteh; Central held by Police.
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2014, 06:55:12 AM »
Real tough luck for the guy :(

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Re: ‘Tiny’ strike lifts AIA over Jabloteh; Central held by Police.
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2014, 02:25:56 PM »
Gay career on hold after injury
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Caledonia AIA striker Jamal Gay underwent surgery at Medical Associates in St Joseph on Friday for nasal fractures suffered during his team’s 1-0 win over San Juan Jabloteh over a week ago.

But the effects of the injury are more than a simple hurdle for the overlooked 24-year-old Trinidad and Tobago striker and his Morvant/Laventille club.

Gay, who had a stint in Germany with Rot-Weiss Oberhausen in 2009, was expected to join Finland’s Rovaniemen Palloseura (RoPS) this month but must now focus on surgery and recovery before reconsidering a his return Europe.

“I only just started to improve on my game,” said a disappointed Gay (wheezing repeatedly). “I didn’t have a great showing in the first half of the (Pro League) season. But I was really working hard on my sharpness and doing a lot of extra work—separate from regular training—with other teammates with the assistance of coach Jamaal Shabazz. Now this (injury) is a setback for me.”

“It was a really painful experience,” continued Gay, who represented T&T at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt and has five caps with the T&T Senior Team. “The swelling around my eye has gone down a lot but literally my nose is shifting to one side. Even the doctor couldn’t believe that the injury came from an elbowing. He even asked if I was kicked in the face.”

Caledonia, now stuck with a medical bill already totalling TT$13,200, are fifth on the nine-team Pro League standings, and are also preparing for next month’s Caribbean qualifiers to the Concacaf Champions League.

« Last Edit: February 10, 2014, 02:48:19 PM by Flex »