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Re: 2018 T&T Pro League Thread
« Reply #120 on: October 17, 2018, 06:26:32 PM »
Glenroy Samuel heroics between the sticks earn North East Stars a point against Morvant Caledonia United
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North East Stars are off the bottom of the Pro League (PL) standings for the first time this season, albeit only by goal-difference, and the holders must thank goalkeeper Glenroy Samuel for a 0-0 draw against Morvant Caledonia United in a rescheduled clash on Tuesday night at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

The 28-year-old Trinidad and Tobago former Youth World Cup ‘keeper made a second half penalty save to deny Morvant Caledonia star Keron Cummings and three other crucial stops in the half to blank his former employers—the side that had trashed North East Stars 8-0 less than a month ago.

North East Stars, with the point earned, hurdled Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers for ninth-position on the 10-team ladder but are only ahead by a superior goal-difference with both teams on 6 points, while Morvant Caledonia (15 points) remain three points behind sixth-positioned Sando with six league games left.

“We are much more competitive now,” said North East Stars’ coach Zoran Vranes, whose side are, for the first time this season, unbeaten in two consecutive outings with their previous outing a narrow 2-1 win over San Juan Jabloteh.

“It was a disaster when we played [Morvant Caledonia] a few weeks ago,” added the 68-year-old Yugoslav-born former T&T national team coach. “But now we are much better in terms of being competitive. We have added a couple players with more experience and it makes a difference in the atmosphere around the team. The players are now understanding that football is serious business and we (the club) remain focused on developing the young players to make business with them.”

North East Stars had a chance to grab the lead after 30 minutes from the penalty spot after Josiah Daniel was brought down by Malik Mieres in the area, but ex-Morvant Caledonia forward Kordell Samuel failed to beat Terrence Lewis – the ‘keeper sprawling to his left to match the striker’s effort.

Three minutes into the second half referee Keilon Bacchus pointed to the spot again when Grenada international forward Saydrel Lewis went to ground in the North East Stars’ box after a challenge from recently signed central defender Dwane James, but Samuel matched his opposite number to deny Cummings, who lacked conviction from as early as his casual approach to the kick.

Samuel followed up with two more saves, the second to deny substitute Sheldon Holder six minutes from time before defender James cleared at the goalmouth to keep out a follow up effort from Saydrel Lewis as Morvant Caledonia struggled against a side they washed comfortably on Sep. 28.

A stoppage-time miss by substitute Quincy Ballah with Samuel at his mercy dropped the curtain on a miserable performance by the “Eastern Stallions” who must next host Rangers in the first game of a double-header from 6pm on Friday at Ato Boldon Stadium. Jabloteh will tackle third-placed Police FC from 8pm in the second game.

“We had the players to get the job done against North East Stars,” said Morvant Caledonia coach Jerry Moe, whose side was also equipped with the likes of former Canada-based winger Aikim Andrews and veteran midfielder Kerry Daniel.

”We had enough clear cut chances to put the game away [although] we were a bit flat without enough penetration.

“But we had one or two bright spots in the performances of [defenders] Maurice Ford and Ross Russell (Jr.) and [keeper] Terrence Lewis.

“I don’t think we did everything wrong [against North East Stars], but it’s back to the drawing board for us to improve a couple areas in terms of finishing and creating more chances and maybe the result will come against Rangers,” ended the Morvant Caledonia coach.

North East Stars, meanwhile, must next host Defence Force FC from 3:30pm at Larry Gomes Stadium on Saturday.

North East Stars held the “Tetron Boys” to a 1-1 draw when both sides met two months ago, Aug. 18, in Round One.

“It was a surprise for me then,” Vranes said. “I expect [Saturday’s game] to be a difficult but equal one. At least we will be more competitive. We are more optimistic now.”

Also on Saturday, W Connection and Central FC will square off in a top-of-the-table clash from 3:30pm at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium. Pro League action will return to the Marabella venue on Sunday with Club Sando hosting Point Fortin Civic from 3:30pm.

Pro League 2018
Rescheduled Round One Match Day Four result
(Tuesday 16 October)

Morvant Caledonia United 0 vs North East Stars 0, at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Upcoming fixtures
Round Two Match Day Four
(Friday 19 October)

Morvant Caledonia United vs Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers, 6pm at Ato Boldon Stadium;
San Juan Jabloteh vs Police FC, 8pm at Ato Boldon Stadium;

(Saturday 20 October)
W Connection vs Central FC, 3:30pm at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;
North East Stars vs Defence Force FC, 3:30pm at Larry Gomes Stadium;

(Sunday 21 October)
Club Sando vs Point Fortin Civic, 3:30pm at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.

Teams at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Tuesday
Morvant Caledonia United: 1.Terrence Lewis (GK); 4.Maurice Force, 5.Joshua Sylvester (10.Sheldon Holder 62nd minute), 8.Ross Russell Jr., 9.Sedale Mc Lean (11.Quincy Ballah 70th minute), 13.Saydrel Lewis, 15.Malik Mieres, 17.Kerry Daniel (Capt.), 20.Keron Cummings, 22.Joshua Alexander, 29.Aikim Andrews (25.Joshua Martin 88th minute).

Unused substitutes: 6.Keion Goodridge, 24.Osei Charles, 28.Jomokie Sandy.

Coach: Jerry Moe

North East Stars: 1.Glenroy Samuel (GK); 7.Hayden Tinto, 9.Kordell Samuel, 14.Keithen Carter, 15.Lashawn Roberts, 18.Josiah Daniel (8.Saleem Henry 60th minute), 23.Sherwyn Williams (12.Jaydon Prowell 46th minute), 24.Rakim Cabie, 26.Dwane James, 27.Ross Dowden, 30.Kareem Davidson (2.Jabari Brathwaite 81st minute).

Unused substitutes: 21.Javon Sample (GK); 6.Adrian Noel, 20.Dareem Daniel, 22.Allister Bernard.

Coach: Zoran Vranes

Match Officials
Referee: Keilon Bacchus
Assistant Referee 1: Caleb Wales
Assistant Referee 2: Jordan Cox
Fourth Official: Joel Cox
Match Commissioner: Cassie Moore

Pro League 2018 standings

# Team MP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 W Connection 12 8 4 0 30 6 24 28
2 Central FC 12 7 2 3 31 20 11 23
3 Police FC 12 7 2 3 24 13 11 23
4 Defence Force FC 12 6 2 4 28 16 12 20
5 San Juan Jabloteh 12 6 2 4 17 14 3 20
6 Club Sando 12 5 3 4 22 18 -2 18
7 Morvant Caledonia Utd 12 3 6 3 24 17 7 15
8 Point Fortin Civic 12 2 2 8 14 24 -10 8
9 North East Stars 12 1 3 8 11 33 -22 6
10 Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers 12 2 0 10 6 46 -40 6
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Re: 2018 T&T Pro League Thread
« Reply #121 on: October 18, 2018, 01:13:33 PM »
Marcus “Lobo” Joseph a doubt for Connection’s crucial clash against ex-employers Central
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W Connection head coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier says there is a “50-50 chance” his ace scorer Marcus “Lobo” Joseph will feature in the “Savonetta Boys”’ top-of-the-table Pro League (PL) clash with Couva rivals Central FC from 3:30pm at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium on Saturday.

The 27-year-old Trinidad and Tobago forward had been sidelined since picking up a knee injury in the first half of his team’s 1-1 shock draw with North East Stars on Sep. 22 at Larry Gomes Stadium.

“It was a wild tackle,” Fevrier recalled. “Since then, that has hampered us because we don’t have another centre forward. We have been forced to use makeshift centre forwards.

“[But] we won’t force him (Joseph) if he isn’t ready,” added longstanding Connection coach on Thursday. “We will continue to assess him over the next couple of days because he has not been training regularly since the injury. It’s a 50-50 chance at the moment.”

Joseph, one of the leading contenders for the league Golden Boot, has been instrumental in Connection’s push this season for an unprecedented sixth league title since the turn of the professional era in 1999. He has scored 18 times in all competitions this season with three of his items a hat-trick scored in a 6-1 triumph over his former employers Central when both sides met in round one in the league on Aug. 18.

Connection, though, have drawn three of the four fixtures beginning with the tied result against North East Stars when Joseph failed to continue beyond the break and managed just two points from a possible six in their last two outings against Club Sando and Police.

But the “Savonetta Boys” have maintained their unbeaten league status this season after 12 games.

“We are still on top in the league and that it the most important thing at this stage,” said Fevrier. “We just have to solve our problems in scoring. We were in a better situation with Marcus (Joseph) but football is a game of solving problems.”

Although Connection defeated Central comfortably the last time both teams met, Fevrier is mindful that no two games are the same. “Football is on the day,” he reminded. “On that day we got the better of them. Central are a good team and we cannot dwell on the last game against them or any other team.”

Connection (28 points) leads the 2018 PL standings by five points with six games left and Central and Police FC both on 23 points in second and third positions, respectively.

But Police can mount the pressure on the front two with a win against San Juan Jabloteh when the “Lawmen” lock horns with the four-time former PL champions from 8pm on Friday in the second game of a double-header at Ato Boldon Stadium. Morvant Caledonia United, fresh off a disappointing goalless draw against league holders North East Stars, will take on cellar-placed Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers in the first game at the Couva venue from 6pm.

Jabloteh edged Police 2-1 when both sides met in Round One on Aug. 18, but since then the “Lawmen” are undefeated in nine consecutive outings.

Richard Hood’s side must however do without suspended talisman Kareem Freitas due to card accumulation. The forward scored 15 times in all competitions this season with 9 of them league goals, the same as Sando’s Tyrone Charles as the pair trail leading scorers Joseph and Central’s Akim Armstrong who are both on 11 league goals.

On Saturday, North East Stars will host Defence Force FC from 3:30pm at Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar, simultaneous to the feature clash between Connection and Central at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.

The Marabella venue will come alive again on Sunday from 3:30pm with another highly anticipated clash when two teams loaded with rising talents, Club Sando and Point Fortin Civic, tangle for points.

Pro League 2018
Round Two Match Day Four
(Friday 19 October)

Morvant Caledonia United vs Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers, 6pm at Ato Boldon Stadium;
San Juan Jabloteh vs Police FC, 8pm at Ato Boldon Stadium;

(Saturday 20 October)
W Connection vs Central FC, 3:30pm at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;
North East Stars vs Defence Force FC, 3:30pm at Larry Gomes Stadium;

(Sunday 21 October)
Club Sando vs Point Fortin Civic, 3:30pm at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.

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Re: 2018 T&T Pro League Thread
« Reply #122 on: October 19, 2018, 03:29:55 PM »
WATCH: Glenroy Samuel heroics between the sticks earn North East Stars a point against Morvant Caledonia United

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Re: 2018 T&T Pro League Thread
« Reply #123 on: October 20, 2018, 12:44:42 AM »
Advisory – Postponement of Matches for Friday 19 October 2018.
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The Pro League has been informed by the stadium management that due to the continued downpour the Ato Boldon Stadium main field is presently waterlogged.

On the advice of the stadium management today’s (Oct. 19) matches have been postponed to a date to be decided.

The League apologises for any inconvenience caused.

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Re: 2018 T&T Pro League Thread
« Reply #124 on: October 22, 2018, 06:05:20 PM »
Pro League clubs to assist communities affected by floods, postpones league competition a further week
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Trinidad and Tobago Pro League clubs will join the relief effort of the national community for people affected by flooding.

As a result, the Pro League Board of Directors and League administration have decided to postpone the league competition a further week following adverse weather and flooding across the twin-island republic.

Board member and Central FC’s managing director Brent Sancho, who is leading the relief initiative, explained, “All clubs believe the effort is necessary, and I call on every citizen to reach out and assist.”

Sancho has air marked Kelly Village to offer assistance and said there are discussions to assist Sangre Grande.

“I am amazed that no life was lost in this situation; I am really grateful for that,” said Sando, who visited some of the affected areas.

The ex-Minister of Sport and T&T 2006 World Cup defender added, “It’s almost impossible to believe even looking at the height of water marks. You will see on social media and mainstream media some of the destruction, but being in it really gives you the full psychological effect of what happened. Just imagine losing everything that you own. There is a lot of despair... a full range of emotions.

Sancho said while there may be food assistance and items to some people, a lot of affected families are still on their own in terms of manpower. “They can receive food items but still don’t have somewhere to cook,” he stressed. “They need manpower to clean their homes. We the clubs can offer assistance though our players and staff with some brooms and shovels and the aid of some trucks to try and restore some level of normality to the affected homes.”

W Connection CEO and PL Board Member, Renee John-Williams, highlighted that players, coaches, staff members, referees and other people who provide services to the clubs and the league are among those affected.

She said the postponement of matches a further week will also allow the playing surfaces, which have been saturated by the torrential rainfall, time to recoup.

The League hopes to resume play on Tuesday 30th October with a number of highly anticipated matches including a clash of Couva rivals W Connection and Central FC in a top-of-the-table tie.
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Re: 2018 T&T Pro League Thread
« Reply #125 on: October 25, 2018, 06:55:04 PM »
WATCH: Morvant Caledonia United assists with the Flood Relief Effort in Greenvale

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Pro League clubs join nationwide relief effort to flood victims
« Reply #126 on: October 26, 2018, 06:27:17 PM »
Pro League clubs join nationwide relief effort to flood victims
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Equipped with power washers, brooms and other cleaning items, Trinidad and Tobago Pro League footballers were among citizens lending support to residents across the country affected by last week’s flooding.

The Pro League (PL) effort, involving all ten member clubs (Central FC, Club Sando, Defence Force FC, Morvant Caledonia United, North East Stars, Police FC, Point Fortin Civic, San Juan Jabloteh, Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers and W Connection), saw teams assisting in the collection of non-perishable food items, clothing, cleaning and more.

Brent Sancho, Central FC managing director and PL Board member, said it was an instant reaction by the PL Board for the entire League to come together and assist the nation in relief support to people affected by the floods.

“(…) particularly when we some of our players and families were affected by the floods,” Sancho a former Minister of Sport said. “The decision came down swiftly, [the PL Board] decided it was important that we get involved in making sure that the people affected by the floods have some sort of relief. [So] as a joint effort we were able to collect items such as clothes, non-perishable items to distribute.”

Central FC and Police FC on Friday visited affected homes in some areas of Kelly Village to provide meals, food items, clothing and cleaning supplies. The group also had power washers to assist with cleaning efforts which are expected to continue over the coming days.

“Just to see what transpired and the way some people now have to live—some people have lost everything, the sympathy I just had a lady crying on my shoulder because she [recently] lost her husband and her daughter and now to have this tragic thing happen to her in terms of the flood waters is really heart-breaking. I encourage and implore more people to come and help these people because they really need as much help as they can get.”

Morvant Caledonia United players also took time off their schedule to distribute food hampers to some affected families in Greenvale, La Horquetta, one of the areas hardest hit by the flooding. The “Eastern Stallions” also helped in clean-up efforts as affected families try to restore some level of normalcy.

“We have to thank God [for no loss of life],” said Morvant Caledonia star Keron Cummings. The Trinidad and Tobago midfielder said the unfortunate situation now faced by families across the country presents an opportunity to test the love for one another as a people.

Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers also assisted areas in La Horquetta affected by flood with cash donations as well as assisted in clean-up efforts.

San Juan Jabloteh assisted through donations at Church of Mary Immaculate Queen of the Universe in Bourg Mulatresse for affected areas.

W Connection will collaborate efforts with RBC Royal Bank on Saturday to assist affected homes in Mafeking, Mayaro while Club Sando worked through the relief efforts of Naparima College which the club holds a close relationship with.

“Some instances they may never return to normalcy,” a concerned Sancho believes. “There are some areas that aren’t being touched (…) and the people need all the help they can get. Help is coming slowly, but when you lose everything and you have to start over from scratch it’s very difficult to watch somebody in their face and try to comfort them because they really are starting back from ground zero.”

Sancho has also focused on efforts through his Sancho Sports Foundation and For a Cause initiatives, the latter of which will host a Pop Up event at Woodford Café, featuring performances by Iwer George, Rome, KI and Alison Hinds. People are asked to bring anything to help flood victims.

The Pro League competition resumes on Tuesday with Round Two Match Day Four double-headers at Ato Boldon Stadium and Hasely Crawford Stadium.

In Couva, W Connection and Central FC will renew their rivalry from 6pm in the top-of-the-table clash before Club Sando and Point Fortin Civic lock horns from 8pm.

Simultaneously in Port of Spain, Morvant Caledonia United will clash with cellar-placed Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers from 6pm followed by San Juan Jabloteh against Police FC from 8pm.

North East Stars’ and Defence Force FC’s Round Two Match Day Four tie will be contested at a later date to be decided.

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Re: 2018 T&T Pro League Thread
« Reply #127 on: October 29, 2018, 05:42:52 PM »
Couva Clásico! Connection, Central to renew rivalry on Pro League resumption
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Pro League (PL) leaders W Connection are one of many teams eager to get the ball rolling again following a lengthy layoff, most recently due to flooding a fortnight ago which affected many parts of Trinidad and Tobago.

PL fixtures resume on Tuesday with double-headers in Couva and Port-of-Spain as the race for the league crown hits the final stretch with six match days left.

Connection will clash with Couva rivals Central from 6pm in a top-of-the-table tie at Ato Boldon Stadium before Club Sando host Point Fortin Civic from 8pm.

Simultaneously at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Morvant Caledonia United will face cellar-placed Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers from 6pm before San Juan Jabloteh and Police FC tackle each other from 8pm.

Connection (28 points) leads the PL standings by five points with Central and Police FC both on 23 points in second and third positions, respectively, with the top-two finishers earning berths at the Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship.

Striker Marcus Joseph is expected to return for Connection against his ex-club Central after being sidelined since suffering an injury during the “Savonetta Boys”’ shock 1-1 result at North East Stars on Sep. 22.

Since then Connection have only managed just one win from their last four games, with their last two ending in drawn results against Sando and Police, though maintaining an unbeaten league status this season after 12 games.

Central meanwhile picked up two wins from their last four, with one loss and a 2-2 draw last time out against Sando.

“We are still on top in the league and that it the most important thing at this stage,” Connection Head Coach Stuart Charles Fevrier said two weeks ago.

Fevrier admitted, however, being without Joseph, the leading scorer this season, proved difficult for the “Savonetta Boys”. “We were in a better situation with Marcus (Joseph) but football is a game of solving problems.”

Joseph, one of the leading contenders for the league Golden Boot tied on 11 goals with Central’s Akim Armstrong, has been instrumental in Connection’s push this season for an unprecedented sixth league title since the turn of the professional era in 1999. Joseph has scored 18 times in all competitions this season with three of his items a hat-trick scored in a 6-1 triumph over his former employers Central when both sides met in round one in the league on Aug. 18.

But although Connection defeated Couva Sharks comfortably the last time both teams met, Fevrier is mindful that no two games are the same. “Football is on the day,” he reminded. “On that day we got the better of them. Central are a good team and we cannot dwell on the last game against them or any other team.”

Elsewhere, Police FC Coach Richard Hood must however do without suspended talisman Kareem Freitas due to card accumulation. The forward scored 15 times in all competitions this season with 9 of them league goals, the same as Sando’s Tyrone Charles as the pair are two adrift of Joseph and Armstrong.

Jabloteh edged Police 2-1 when both sides met in Round One on Aug. 18, but since then the “Lawmen” are undefeated in nine consecutive outings.

Pro League 2018
Round Two Match Day Four
(Tuesday 30 October)

W Connection vs Central FC, 6 pm at Ato Boldon Stadium;

Club Sando vs Point Fortin Civic, 8 pm at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;

Morvant Caledonia United vs Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers, 6 pm at Hasely Crawford Stadium;

San Juan Jabloteh vs Police FC, 8 pm at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Pro League 2018 standings

# Team MP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 W Connection 12 8 4 0 30 6 24 28
2 Central FC 12 7 2 3 31 20 11 23
3 Police FC 12 7 2 3 24 13 11 23
4 Defence Force FC 12 6 2 4 28 16 12 20
5 San Juan Jabloteh 12 6 2 4 17 14 3 20
6 Club Sando 12 5 3 4 22 18 -2 18
7 Morvant Caledonia Utd 12 3 6 3 24 17 7 15
8 Point Fortin Civic 12 2 2 8 14 24 -10 8
9 North East Stars 12 1 3 8 11 33 -22 6
10 Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers 12 2 0 10 6 46 -40 6
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Re: 2018 T&T Pro League Thread
« Reply #128 on: October 31, 2018, 12:08:03 PM »
Archibald, Phillip shine on rainy night as Couva Clásico end in stalemate before Sando put four past Civic
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Pro Leaders W Connection and Couva rivals Central FC played to a 0-0 stalemate as the top three – Police FC the worst of them – took stumbles on resumption Tuesday though maintaining their places on the ladder with five games left.

Connection (29 points), despite a third straight draw, maintained a five-point lead with Central (24 points) closest in second after some fine goalkeeping by Julani Archiland and Marvin Phillip produced a point for each side under heavy drizzle in the opening match of a double-header at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

Marcus “Lobo” Joseph, overall leading scorer with 18 goals in all competitions this season, was denied by the upright and Central 'keeper Phillip in the first half. Seemingly anxious to get on the scoresheet against his ex-club after a five weeks through injury and a break in the league, Joseph hit off target on three other occasions—the best opportunity of them flying overbar in the second half after controlling off his chest in the area.

Joseph, in the end, failed to pull away from "Couva Sharks"' forward Akim Armstrong as both lead this season's league scorers with 11 goals.

Armstrong, denied by Archibald, also endured disappointment when he failed to convert from the penalty spot in the final minute of regular time after referee Keilon Bacchus ruled a handball in the area against Sando captain and defender Nicholas Thomas.

Phillip later kept out a late free-kick rocket from his Trinidad and Tobago national teammate Alvin Jones and a follow up effort by substitute Kierron Mason as both sides had to settle for shared points.

But Tyrone Charles, in the second game of the Couva double-header, scored his tenth league goal of the campaign and 12th in all competitions and was involved in his team’s opening item as Club Sando enjoyed a 4-1 win over Point Fortin Civic.

Aaquil Campbell celebrated his first Sando goal, putting Angus Eve's men ahead after 35 minutes, by turning a head-on by Keron Cornwall, off a Charles cross, past goalkeeper Akini Adam's.

Charles, whose speed proved too much for Civic, then made it 2-0 three minutes later with a cool finish past Adams.

Justin Sadoo failed to slice the visitors’ deficit from the penalty spot six minutes into the second half. The crafty midfielder’s poorly struck kick on the tricky surface made for a comfortable save by Sando first choice Kelvin Henry after referee Keilon Bacchus ruled a handball in the area against defender and captain Nicholas Thomas.

Henry was however beaten by a venomous strike from Akeem Redhead on 55 minutes despite getting an arm to the winger's effort from the top of the area.

But substitute Quinn Rodney restored Sando's two-goal cushion after combining with Michael Basdeo in the Civic area on 77 minutes before an own goal credited to Jeremiah Kesar five minutes from time completed the comfortable 4-1 win on a waterlogged surface due to a downpour.

Civic’s misery ended with defender Seon Thomas receiving an automatic red card in stoppage-time after his second yellow and will miss his team’s trip against Police on Friday.

Elsewhere, San Juan Jabloteh snapped Police FC's nine-game undefeated streak with a 2-0 win to join the third-placed "Lawmen" on 23 points but climbed only one spot into fourth with a lesser goal difference.

Joel Lewis (7), with his first goal of the season arriving against his ex-club, and Jamal Creighton (14) cushioned Jabloteh early in the second game of a double-header at Hasely Crawford Stadium after 10-men Morvant Caledonia United stretched their unbeaten run to five games with a 2-0 win over cellar-placed Terminix St. Ann's Rangers.

Morvant Caledonia defender Maurice Ford was sent off on a direct red card six minutes from the half, but second-half goals Sedale Mc Lean (49) and Melvin Doxilly (86) earned the Jerry Moe-coached "Eastern Stallions" only their fourth league win this season after 13 outings.

Morvant Caledonia (18 points) remained seventh, with Civic (8 points), North East Stars (6 points) and Rangers (6 points) below, while Sando (21 points) moved up a spot into fifth, one point ahead of Defence Force FC, who have a game in hand against North East Stars.

Defence Force, 4-1 winners over Rangers last time out on Oct. 2, will return to action against Connection from 8pm on Friday at Ato Boldon Stadium after Sando host Jabloteh from 6pm.

Also on Friday, Morvant Caledonia will welcome Central from 6pm at Hasely Crawford in the first match of a double-header which will later see Police welcome back talisman Kareem Freitas (9 league goals) from card accumulation against Civic from 8pm.

Pro League action will continue on Saturday with Rangers and North East Stars tangling from 3:30pm at Larry Gomes Stadium.

Pro League 2018
Round Two Match Day Four results
(Tuesday 30 October)

W Connection 0 vs Central FC 0, at Ato Boldon Stadium;
Club Sando 4 (Aaquil Campbell 35’, Tyrone Charles 38’, Quinn Rodney 77’, Jeremiah Kesar Own Goal 85’) vs Point Fortin Civic 1 (Akeem Redhead 55’), at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;
Morvant Caledonia United 2 (Sedale Mc Lean 49’, Melvin Doxilly 86’) vs Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers 0, at Hasely Crawford Stadium;
San Juan Jabloteh 2 (Joel Lewis 7’, Jamal Creighton 14’) vs Police FC 0, at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Upcoming fixtures
Round Two Match Day Five
(Friday 02 November)

Morvant Caledonia United vs Central FC, 6pm at Hasely Crawford Stadium;
Police FC vs Point Fortin Civic, 8pm at Hasely Crawford Stadium;
Club Sando vs San Juan Jabloteh, 6pm at Ato Boldon Stadium;
W Connection vs Defence Force FC, 8pm at Ato Boldon Stadium.

(Saturday 03 November)
Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers vs North East Stars, 3:30pm at Larry Gomes Stadium.

Pro League 2018 standings

# Team MP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 W Connection 13 8 5 0 30 6 24 29
2 Central FC 13 7 3 3 31 20 11 24
3 Police FC 13 7 2 4 24 15 9 23
4 San Juan Jabloteh 13 7 2 4 19 14 5 23
5 Club Sando 13 6 3 4 26 19 7 21
6 Defence Force FC 12 6 2 4 28 16 12 20
7 Morvant Caledonia Utd 13 4 6 3 26 17 9 18
8 Point Fortin Civic 13 2 2 9 15 28 -13 8
9 North East Stars 12 1 3 8 11 33 -22 6
10 Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers 13 2 0 11 6 48 -42 6

Teams at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Tuesday
Game 1
W Connection: 18.Julani Archibald (GK), 3.Gerard Williams (Capt.), 5.Triston Hodge, 7.Jomal Williams, 8.Jameel Antoine (27.Kierron Mason 60th minute), 9.Kadeem Corbin, 11.Adan Noel (23.Kennedy Hinkson 70th minute), 13.Caleb Sturge, 16.Alvin Jones, 19.Briel Thomas, 99.Marcus Joseph.

Unused substitutes: 33.Jason Belfon (GK); 15.Otev Lawrence, 26.Isaiah Garcia, 32.Salas Cannonier, 34.Cephas St. Rose.

Coach: Stuart Charles-Fevrier

Central FC: 1.Marvin Phillip (GK); 3.Ewan Grandison, 7.Hakim Baird, 8.Akim Armstrong, 10.Leston Paul, 12.Taryk Sampson, 15.Kaydion Gabriel, 18.Densill Theobald (Capt.), 19.Jared London, 27.Andell Brown (13.Rhondel Gibson 46th minute), 29.Russel Alfred (11.Xavier Rajpaul 84th minute).

Unused substitutes: 30.Zane Coker (GK); 9.Tyrik John, 24.Duane Muckette, 40.Gibbs Braxton, 41.Renaldo Alexander,

Coach: Stern John

Match Officials
Referee: Rodphin Harris
Assistant Referee 1: Jordan Cox
Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Williams
Fourth Official: Dave Daniel
Match Commissioner: Lennox “Bullet” Pilgrim

Game 2
Club Sando: 34.Kelvin Henry (GK); 6.Kemuel Rivers, 8.Kevon Piper (7.Akeem Humphrey 73rd minute), 10.Keron Cornwall, 12.Michael Basdeo, 17.Tyrone Charles (9.Shackiel Henry 83rd minute), 18.Aaron Kennedy, 23.Nicholas Thomas (Capt.), 25.Aaquil Campbell (19.Quinn Rodney 73rd minute), 27.Jayson Joseph, 44.Josiah Trimmingham.

Unused substitutes: 1.Stefan Berkley (GK); 13.Shakiyl Phillip, 14.Kadeem Gittens, 20.Tigana Sparks.

Coach: Angus Eve

Point Fortin Civic: 52.Akini Adams (GK); 7.Hughtun Hector (Capt.) (14.Shaquille John 83rd minute), 8.Jamal John, 11.Akeem Redhead, 18.Mickaeel Jem Gordon (24.Akinola Gregory 74th minute), 19.Nathaniel Garcia, 20.Bevon Bass, 21.Ronell Paul, 26.Jeremiah Kesar, 33.Justin Sadoo, 55.Seon Thomas.

Unused substitutes: 31.Ishmael Salaam (GK); 25.Shaquille Dublin, 29.Ronald Charles, 30.Nion Lammy.

Coach: Reynold Carrington

Match Officials
Referee: Keilon Bacchus
Assistant Referee 1: Keron Myers
Assistant Referee 2: Anton Gill
Fourth Official: Gyasi Mc Donald
Match Commissioner: Wayne Caesar
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« Reply #129 on: October 31, 2018, 06:16:48 PM »
WATCH: Highlights of Morvant Caledonia United's 2-0 win over St. Ann's Rangers and San Juan Jabloteh's 2-0 win over Police FC.

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Police close in on Connection’s title tilt
« Reply #130 on: November 03, 2018, 02:40:26 PM »
Police close in on Connection’s title tilt
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Pro League leaders W Connection were yesterday held to a goalless stalemate against a depleted Defence Force FC side, dropping points for a fourth consecutive time and allowing Police FC, 4-1 winners over minnows Point Fortin Civic, to narrow the gap to four points.

Connection, undefeated in the league this season, however continue to lead the table with 30 points, while Police (26 points) hurdled Central FC (24 points) for second after the “Couva Sharks” were tamed by a 2-1 come-from-behind win by Morvant Caledonia United, a side now undefeated in their last six outings, in the first game of a double-header at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Jamaica’s Ewan Grandison fired the “Couva Sharks” in front after 26 minutes, but former Canada-based winger Aikim Andrews levelled hosts Morvant Caledonia ten minutes later before Guyana international Sheldon Holder snatched the eventual winner four minutes from the half.

Kareem Freitas (14, 43 & 73), in the second game at the Mucurapo Road venue, netted his first hat-trick of the season for his 10th, 11th and 12th league goals to move one more than Connection’s Marcus Joseph and Central’s Akim Armstrong. Jameel Perry (71) was also on target for the “Lawmen” while Tobagonian forward Mickaeel Jem Gordon (50) scored the lone Civic item.

Connection were unable to join the goal-rush with substitute Kevon Goddard closest to separating Stuart Charles Fevrier’s men from Defence Force when his 72nd-minute effort crashed off the upright in the second game at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Earlier at the Couva venue, Tyrone Charles scored a first half brace but his side, Club Sando, needed a stoppage-time winner from the eventual hat-trick hero to snare a dramatic 3-2 win over his ex-club San Juan Jabloteh.

Charles, now on target in each of Sando’s last four outings, opened the scoring against Jabloteh by chipping goalkeeper Shemel Louison from the left in the seventh minute and reached his double by the 41st minute with a cool finish past the Grenada international after a win and feed by Akeem Humphrey.

But defender Jamal Spencer halved the Jabloteh deficit two minutes later to celebrate his first top-flight goal, and Jomoul Francois, with his eight league goal of the campaign, looked to have earned Jabloteh a hard-worked point on 89 minutes when he fired into the roof of Kelvin Henry’s net.

But Louison’s spill on another Charles effort deep into stoppage time saw the ball enter the net off the post and Sando taking away full points thanks to their in-form forward.

Charles now leads the race for the Golden Boot with 13 league goals and would to continue his rich form when the Pro League continues next weekend.

Pro League 2018
Round Two Match Day Five results
(Friday 02 November)

Morvant Caledonia United 2 (Aikim Andrews 35’ Sheldon Holder 41’) vs Central FC 1 (Ewan Grandison 26’), at Hasely Crawford Stadium;
Police FC 4 (Kareem Freitas 14’ pen., 43’, 73’, Jameel Perry 71’) vs Point Fortin Civic 1 (Mickaeel Jem Gordon 50’), at Hasely Crawford Stadium;
Club Sando 3 (Tyrone Charles 7’, 41’, 90’+3) vs San Juan Jabloteh 2 (Jamal Spencer 43’, Jomoul Francois 89’), at Ato Boldon Stadium;
W Connection 0 vs Defence Force FC 0, at Ato Boldon Stadium.
Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers vs North East Stars (CANCELLED)

Pro League 2018 standings

# Team MP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 W Connection 14 8 6 0 30 6 24 30
2 Police FC 14 8 2 4 28 16 12 26
3 Central FC 14 7 3 4 32 22 10 24
4 Club Sando 14 7 3 4 29 21 8 24
5 San Juan Jabloteh 14 7 2 5 21 17 4 23
6 Defence Force FC 13 6 3 4 28 16 12 21
7 Morvant Caledonia Utd 14 5 6 3 28 18 10 21
8 Point Fortin Civic 14 2 2 10 16 32 -16 8
9 North East Stars 12 1 3 8 11 33 -22 6
10 Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers 13 2 0 11 6 48 -42 6

Teams at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Friday
Game 1
Club Sando:
34.Kelvin Henry (GK); 6.Kemuel Rivers, 7.Akeem Humphrey, 10.Keron Cornwall (11.Jabari Mitchell 36th minute), 12.Michael Basdeo (8.Kevon Piper 74th minute), 17.Tyrone Charles, 18.Aaron Kennedy, 23.Nicholas Thomas (Capt.), 25.Aaquil Campbell (13.Shakiyl Phillip 69th minute), 27.Jayson Joseph, 44.Josiah Trimmingham.

Unused substitutes: 1.Stefan Berkley (GK); 9.Shackiel Henry, 19.Quinn Rodney, 20.Tigana Sparks.

Coach: Angus Eve

San Juan Jabloteh: 30.Shemel louison (GK); 4.Nical Stephens (18.Jevon Morris 71st minute), 5.Kevon Villaroel, 10.Jomoul Francois, 14.Tyrese Bailey (8.Jason Marcano 53rd minute), 15.Dillon Jagessar, 16.Jamal Spencer, 20.Elton John (Capt.), 19.Joel Lewis, 24.Kareem Eastman (11.Darren Mitchell 56th minute), 27.Jamal Creighton.

Unused substitutes: 1.Christopher Biggette (GGK); 12.Keron Bethelmy, 23.Jodel Brown, 26.Akeem Benjamin.

Coach: Keith Jeffrey

Match Officials
Referee: Rodphin Harris
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Gill
Assistant Referee 2: Keron Myers
Fourth Official: Cecile Hinds
Match Commissioner: Cassie Moore

Game 2
W Connection: 18.Julani Archibald (GK), 3.Gerard Williams (Capt.), 7.Jomal Williams, 9.Kadeem Corbin, 11.Adan Noel (23.Kennedy Hinkson 64th minute), 13.Caleb Sturge, 15.Otev Lawrence, 16.Alvin Jones, 19.Briel Thomas, 27.Kierron Mason (6.Kevon Goddard 66th minute), 99.Marcus Joseph.

Unused substitutes: 33.Jason Belfon (GK); 8.Jameel Antoine, 26.Isaiah Garcia, 32.Salas Cannonier, 34.Cephas St. Rose.

Coach: Stuart Charles-Fevrier

Defence Force FC: 80.Aaron Enil (GK); 2.Kevon Blackman, 4.Dave Long (20.Levi Serries 59th minute), 6.Rodell Elcock, 10.Hashim Arcia, 12.Jemel Sebro, 13.Marvin Jones (77.Kendell Hitlal 78th minute), 16.Kellon Serrette, 27.Aaron Foster, 70.Adrian Welch, 99.Jerwyn Balthazar.

Unused substitutes: 1.Andre Marchan (GK); 8.Christoher Durity, 9.Devorn Jorsling, 19.Thurlani George, 23.Kerry Joseph.

Coach: Marvin Gordon

Match Officials
Referee: Joel Cox
Assistant Referee 1: John Barkley
Assistant Referee 2: Rondell Bowen
Fourth Official: Cecile Hinds
Match Commissioner: Wayne Caesar
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Re: 2018 T&T Pro League Thread
« Reply #131 on: November 04, 2018, 10:24:23 AM »
WATCH: Morvant Caledonia United 2-1 Central FC; Police FC 4-1 Point Fortin Civic FC

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Re: 2018 T&T Pro League Thread
« Reply #132 on: November 05, 2018, 06:54:14 AM »
Brilliantly executed goal by Jem Gordon. :applause: What's the story behind his departure from the Czech Republic?

No disrespect to PF Civic but I suspect that, if arrangements in the Pro League were less volatile, MJG probably would not be in Point.
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« Reply #133 on: November 05, 2018, 09:23:56 AM »
Brilliantly executed goal by Jem Gordon. :applause: What's the story behind his departure from the Czech Republic?

No disrespect to PF Civic but I suspect that, if arrangements in the Pro League were less volatile, MJG probably would not be in Point.

He and Seon Thomas were playing in the 4th tier in Czech Republic. They performed decently I think but I guess follow up options and conditions/demands weren't met. Especially as the team finished bottom or there about I believe.

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Re: 2018 T&T Pro League Thread
« Reply #134 on: November 06, 2018, 02:48:55 AM »
Pro League chairman slams uncooperative Stars.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


THE PRO League will not be affected by any potential fall-out, over the status of defending champion team North East Stars, who are yet to pay a cent, from their expected sum of $130,000 for the 2018 season.

That sum will assist with the running of the League, particularly costs of referees, match commissioners and the administrative arm.

North East Stars were due to play Terminix St Ann’s Rangers on Saturday, in a Round Two Match Day Five fixture, at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Arima. However, the league issued a media release on Friday, which stated the game was cancelled.

It was revealed in an article on the local website Wired868 that the league’s hierarchy is looking at imposing disciplinary measures for North East Stars.

Club owner Ryan Nunes could not be reached for a comment, but technical director Michael Awai, when contacted, took an evasive approach.

“You shouldn’t be talking to me, you should be talking to the Pro League,” said Awai who, with Nunes, took over the running of the club from long-serving owner Darryl Mahabir earlier this year. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Asked about the status of last Saturday’s cancelled match against Rangers, Awai replied, “I don’t know what’s going on.”

Interim league chairman Richard Fakoory who, ironically, is the owner of St Ann’s Rangers, said yesterday, “There is no club that could hurt this Pro League, as big as they are. (If any club) fall out, the league will continue, it will not lose any image. Football is bigger than the player, (and) the administrator. Football will always play.”

Fakoory, who replaced Joseph Sam Phillip as league chairman in April, continued, “I’m thankful for the Government subvention (but) it’s our League. The league belongs to us, the pro teams. We have to take care of the league. We decided (that) we will play for no prize money but we have to pay for referees, commissioners, administrators and everything.”

Fakoory was upset with the lack of cooperation from both Nunes and Awai.

According to Fakoory, “We haven’t heard from them. They haven’t been paying their fees to (help) run the League. We sent them a letter, they replied to it stating that they we didn’t pay them the prize money from last year. We told them ‘how could that be?’. The previous owner (Darryl Mahabir) told you there were no prize money, what does that have to do with (Nunes and Awai).

“The coach (of the 2017 team Derek King) and all the players knew that.”

Fakoory said he contacted Mahabir who, in turn, stressed that he told Nunes and Awai that there was no prize money at stake last season.

Ironically, Mahabir informed Fakoory that a similar occurrence took place in 2004, when Stars won their first Pro League crown.

“Nevertheless, even if there was a prize, it was for last year’s owner,” Fakoory said. “(Nunes and Awai) bought over the club. We cannot throw them out the league. Remember they’re a shareholder, we all have equal shares. Under the constitution, they could be disciplined or suspended. If they don’t want to contribute to the running of the league, the other nine clubs cannot do it for them. They have to put in their share.”

Fakoory said the clubs will have to pay at least $15,000 per month, before the February 2019 deadline.

“Club Sando and Rangers paid their $130,000 up front, when they got their subventions. Other clubs are doing it monthly. But every club has contributed two or three months already. Not all clubs are up-to-date but they’ve been paying to run the league.

“We’ve talked to (Nunes and Awai), they don’t even come to meetings, they don’t share views, they don’t give ideas.”

Awai was at the helm of Futgof (Future Generation of Players) during the league’s early years (1999 and 2000).

Asked to confirm rumours that the Stars players were not being paid, Fakoory responded, “I heard the talk too but, to me, there is no proof of such a thing. You would hear it from all other clubs.”

Before the start of the 2018 season, Awai was quoted as saying that he was interested in developing talent with this new-look team. Will any punishment affect his drive or is any punishment necessary?

Fakoory replied, “It could be (the latter) because if we do suspend them, should it happen that way (that) they don’t come up to par in the next few days, it’s very possible we’ll write the TTFA and even CONCACAF, and they may be sanctioned. In terms of the players, I don’t know what they will do.”

There is a proposed meeting for the club owners today, at a venue to be decided.

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« Reply #135 on: November 06, 2018, 06:41:48 AM »
Stars just reach and giving all dis chubble? :devil: Steups.

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« Reply #136 on: November 09, 2018, 05:02:23 AM »
Police wants CONCACAF return, eyes Pro League top-two finish
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Police FC head coach Richard Hood believes a Caribbean Club Championship berth—a Pro League (PL) top-two finish—is achievable with his team currently positioned second on the domestic 2018 standings with four games left.

Hood’s side, unbeaten in eight of their last nine PL outings, have 26 points, four adrift of leaders W Connection (30 points), with, in the following order, Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers, North East Stars, Morvant Caledonia United and Central FC left to face.

“The ambition is to first qualify for the Caribbean Club Championship,” said Hood, whose Police outfit will tackle the cellar-placed Rangers from 6pm on Friday in the first game of a double-header at Hasely Crawford Stadium before Defence Force FC and San Juan Jabloteh lock horns from 8pm.

Connection, who have Civic, San Juan Jabloteh and North East Stars in their last three games, must first host Morvant Caledonia, a side unbeaten in their last six outings, from 3:30pm on Friday at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, while Couva rivals Central FC must travel to Mahaica Oval against host Point Fortin Civic from 7pm.

Connection are winless in their last four outings though maintaining their unbeaten run of the current league campaign, but with Police, Central and Sando biting at their heels, the “Savonetta Boys” must not drop further points.

“We would like to finish as champions but that is not really within our hands,” added Hood. “So the intention is to finish second which is within our hands.”

Central and Sando, both sides on 24 points, follow closely in third and fourth positions, respectively, and are also keen on qualifying for the 2020 Caribbean Club Championship—the region’s qualifying tournament to the CONCACAF Champions League and CONCACAF League.

North East Stars and Connection, PL champions and runners-up of last season respectively, are the qualified Trinidad and Tobago teams to represent at the 2019 Caribbean Club Championship.

Police, in 1991, finished runners-up behind champions Club Puebla of Mexico in the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup—the old version of the current CONCACAF Champions League. Hood, a former Police player, had no part in that tournament with his playing career spoiled by a broken leg.

Police, this season, can achieve their best domestic finish since the existence of the PL and Hood credits the effort of his players, staff and the support of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

“Credit to our players, most of whom have been together for the last few seasons and have given their best this season,” Hood said. “They (the players) want to achieve something for Police. The staff also want to do well this season, but where we are positioned now couldn’t be possible without the Police Service affording us the time to allow our players to train and recover more like a professional team.”

Hood also heaped praise on striker Kareem “Scooby” Freitas, who has scored 17 goals in all competitions this season. The Police coach said he remains baffled that Freitas, one of the leading front-runners for the Golden Boot, who has been a huge impact on his team’s performances in the league has not been called up to the Trinidad and Tobago national team.

Pro League 2018
Round Two Match Day Six
(Friday 9 November)

W Connection vs Morvant Caledonia United, 3:30pm at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium
Police FC vs Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers, 6pm at Hasely Crawford Stadium
Defence Force FC vs San Juan Jabloteh, 8pm at Hasely Crawford Stadium
Point Fortin Civic vs Central FC, 7pm at Mahaica Oval
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Re: 2018 T&T Pro League Thread
« Reply #137 on: November 09, 2018, 05:41:59 AM »
North East Stars suspended from Pro League.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


DEFENDING PRO League champions North East Stars have been temporarily suspended from the 2018 season, over their failure to make any payment, from their expected sum of $130,000 for the 2018 season.

Each of the 10 Pro League clubs were mandated to pay that sum, which will assist with the running of the League, particularly costs of referees, match commissioners and the administrative arm.

Interim League chairman Richard Fakoory said yesterday, “They (owner Ryan Nunes and technical director Michael Awai) haven’t paid any money. They haven’t contacted us, like they don’t want to talk to us.

“They did call (media officer Randy Bando on Wednesday) to find out how come we took them off the fixture (list),” Fakoory continued. “He told them to call either me or Julia (Baptiste, the League’s CEO) but they never called.

“Unless they contribute their money or sit down and talk to us, or the Board, then we will facilitate,” Fakoory pointed out.

Stars were due to play Terminix St Ann’s Rangers last Saturday, as well as Club Sando today.

“They’re suspended temporarily anyhow,” said Fakoory.

Asked what may occur if Stars refuse to play for the rest of the season, the League chairman replied, “As of two o’clock (yesterday) afternoon, they haven’t put any money into the account and it doesn’t seem like they’re interested in doing anything, or even talking to us to try to solve the impasse that’s going on.”

On Monday, when reached for a comment, Awai said, “You shouldn’t be talking to me, you should be talking to the Pro League. I don’t know what you’re talking about. I don’t know what’s going on.”

Fakoory admitted, “They haven’t been up to par. Even their behaviour from the beginning (of the season) hasn’t been professional. They haven’t acted as a professional club.

“I’m acting on (the Board of Directors’) behalf, and the Board decision was to suspend them until they pay,” he ended.

In related news, there will be Round Two Match Day action today, with a double-header at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo (Police versus Rangers and Defence Force versus San Juan Jabloteh from 6 pm), and a game apiece at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella (W Connection versus Morvant Caledonia United from 3.30 pm) and the Mahaica Oval in Point Fortin (Point Fortin Civic versus Central FC from 7 pm).

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« Reply #138 on: November 10, 2018, 01:42:00 AM »
Board to decide North East future.
By Walter Alibey (Newsday).


The Board of Di­rec­tors of the T&T Pro League is ex­pect­ed to meet soon to de­ter­mine the fu­ture of de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons North East Stars, fol­low­ing its sus­pen­sion for the past week.

In­ter­im Chair­man of the League Richard Fakoory said his mem­bers are de­sirous of find­ing a so­lu­tion to en­sure the east­ern­ers are ac­tive­ly in­volved in the league once again, but the si­lence from its Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor Michael Awai has been deaf­en­ing.

The Stars' name was of­fi­cial­ly tak­en off the fix­ture of match­es for its fail­ure to ho­n­our its fi­nan­cial oblig­a­tions to the League, Fakoory said. The T&T Pro League boss told Guardian Me­dia Sports the club, which is owned by busi­ness Ryan Nunes has failed to pay a $130, 000 reg­is­tra­tion fee which was set to help with the over­all run­ning of the tour­na­ment.

This fee, as well as the pay­ment of oth­er clubs, are be­ing used to off­set ma­jor ex­pens­es such as costs of ref­er­ees, match com­mis­sion­ers and league ad­min­is­tra­tion. Fakoory said the club has al­so failed to com­plete its reg­is­tra­tion and has not abid­ed by the rules and reg­u­la­tions of the League, by pro­vid­ing teamsheets that ex­ceed the num­ber of play­ers on it, for match­es.

For ex­am­ple, at one time the Stars' team list had 11 starters and as many sub­sti­tutes, and in oth­er cas­es it in­clud­ing un­reg­is­tered play­ers on it.

"It seems as though the team was just do­ing what it wants," Fakoory said. Ac­cord­ing to the Ter­minix St Ann's Rangers chief, the sad thing is that the club has not been in com­mu­ni­ca­tion with us. "They do not at­tend meet­ings and do not re­spond to calls."

Con­tact­ed Awai said he had no com­ment and di­rect­ed all con­cerns to Fakoory, the pro league chair­man.

On­ly this week the League made a des­per­ate at­tempt to reach out to the Stars by re­quest­ing its at­ten­dance at a meet­ing of the Board on Di­vali day. How­ev­er, this meet­ing had to be can­celled as no one from North East re­spond­ed to the in­vi­ta­tion.

As a share­hold­er, the Stars can­not be thrown out of the League, but it ap­pears there will be no foot­ball for the hun­dreds of young play­ers the club caters for un­til an of­fi­cial re­quest for a meet­ing is made with the Board. "We want this sit­u­a­tion to be re­solved but we will not be hound­ing them down to do so," Fakoory said.

It is un­der­stood the Stars have been dis­grun­tled over monies owed to them from its tri­umph in the League last year.

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« Reply #139 on: November 10, 2018, 08:14:35 AM »
Central, Police within striking distance of Connection after late Ross Russell Jr strike snaps the “Savonetta Boys” undefeated run
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W Connection’s Pro League title tilt hit a fifth consecutive bump on Friday after the 10-men Stuart Charles Fevrier-coached leaders were edged 1-0 late by Morvant Caledonia United, allowing Central FC and Police FC to close in three points behind with just three games left.

Ex-Defence Force star Ross Russell Jr. celebrated his first goal in Morvant Caledonia colours when he buried an Aikim Andrews rebound past goalkeeper Connection custodian Julani Archibald two minutes from time to eke out the narrow win, snapping the “Savonetta Boys”’ undefeated campaign to earn Jerry Moe’s side a fifth win from their last six outings.

Fevrier’s countryman and Connection assistant coach Earl Jean afterwards took a dig at referee Rashby Mc Phie’s performance which included the sending off of utility player Alvin Jones, saying the “Savonetta Boys” usually gets a “hard time” from the veteran official.

Jones was carded seventeen minutes into both halves, receiving an automatic red for a challenge on Andrews as Mc Phie reminded players, “This is not rugby.”

Jean also condemned his players’ disappointing performances in front of goal for Connection’s current rot of five consecutive games without a win but remains optimistic of his side’s ability to complete an unprecedented sixth league title since the turn of the professional era in 1999.

“The last [few] games have been difficult,” Jean conceded. “[…] we haven’t been scoring our goals and that’s the main problem about it. [But] I think the league is still in our hands, we have three games and they are three games we have to win. If we take our chances we will win those games.”

Central (27 points) later defeated hosts Point Fortin Civic 3-0 courtesy a double from forward Russel Alfred (73 & 84) and a deadlock-breaking item from defender Jared London (69) at Mahaica Oval to hurdle Police for second place with a better goal difference after the “Lawmen” were held to a 2-2 draw by minnows Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers in the first game of a double-header at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Police failed to pile the pressure on Connection (30 points) as a win against the bottom-placed Rangers would have positioned coach Richard Hood’s men just a point adrift of the leaders before the league resumes on the weekend of Nov. 23-24 following the international break (Nov. 12-20).

Jameel Perry’s (32 & 41) first-half brace proved not enough for Police after an own goal credited to goalkeeper Adrian Foncette sliced the Rangers’ deficit in stoppage time of the first half before Nicholai Orr (64), with his first top-flight goal, tied the game for Dave “Hog Head” Quamina’s men.

Hashim Arcia (6 & 88) later scored Defence Force FC’s opening and closing items, separated by Adrian Welch (26) first goal for the “Tetron Boys” in a 3-0 win over San Juan Jabloteh in the second game at the Mucurapo Road venue.

The result lifted Defence Force two spots into fourth, but tied on 24 points with Morvant Caledonia, a side unbeaten in their last seven outings, and Club Sando—all three preserving their mathematical chance of challenging for a CONCACAF qualifying spot which goes to the top-two Pro League finishers.

Pro League 2018
Round Two Match Day Six
(Friday 9 November)

W Connection 0 vs Morvant Caledonia United 1 (Ross Russell Jr. 88’), at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;

Police FC 2 (Jameel Perry 32’, 41) vs Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers 2 (Own Goal [Adrian Foncette] 45’+3, Nicholai Orr 64’), at Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Defence Force FC 3 (Hashim Arcia 6’, 88’, Adrian Welch 26’) vs San Juan Jabloteh 0, at Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Point Fortin Civic 0 vs Central FC 3 (Jared London 69’, Russel Alfred 73’,84), at Mahaica Oval.

Pro League 2018 standings

# Team MP W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 W Connection 15 8 6 1 30 7 23 30
2 Central FC 15 8 3 4 35 22 13 27
3 Police FC 15 8 3 4 30 18 12 27
4 Defence Force FC 14 7 3 4 31 16 15 24
5 Morvant Caledonia Utd 15 6 6 3 29 18 11 24
6 Club Sando 14 7 3 4 29 21 8 24
7 San Juan Jabloteh 15 7 2 6 21 20 1 23
8 Point Fortin Civic 15 2 2 11 16 35 -19 8
9 Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers 14 2 1 11 8 50 -42 7
10 North East Stars 12 1 3 8 11 33 -22 6

Teams at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium on Friday
W Connection: 18.Julani Archibald (GK), 2.Kurt Frederick, 3.Gerard Williams (Capt.), 5.Triston Hodge, 6.Kevon Goddard (24.Isaiah Hudson 75th minute), 7.Jomal Williams (99.Marcus Joseph 30th minute), 16.Alvin Jones, 17.Neil Benjamin Jr., 23.Kennedy Hinkson, 26.Isaiah Garcia, 27.Kierron Mason (9.Kadeem Corbin 54th minute).

Unused substitutes: 33.Jason Belfon (GK); 8.Jameel Antoine, 11.Adan Noel, 15.Otev Lawrence.

Coach: Stuart Charles-Fevrier

Morvant Caledonia United: 1.Terrence Lewis (GK); 8.Ross Russell Jr., 9.Sedale Mc Lean (19.Renaldo Francois 69th minute), 10.Sheldon Holder (Capt.) (13.Saydrel Lewis 82nd minute), 11.Quincy Ballah (3.Richard Williams 90th minute), 12.Kareem Joseph, 14.Melvin Doxilly, 17.Kerry Daniel, 20.Keron Cummings, 21.Keion Goodridge, 29.Aikim Andrews.

Unused substitutes: 5.Joshua Sylvester, 24.Osei Charles, 25.Joshua Martin, 28.Jomokie Sandy.

Coach: Jerry Moe

Match Officials
Referee: Rashby Mc Phie
Assistant Referee 1: Noel Moore
Assistant Referee 2: John Barkley
Fourth Official: Dennis Changiah
Match Commissioner: Lennox “Bullet” Pilgrim
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« Reply #140 on: November 12, 2018, 02:50:57 AM »
A bunch of clowns running this league.

All requirements should have been met before the league even stared in the first place.

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Re: 2018 T&T Pro League Thread
« Reply #142 on: November 21, 2018, 01:43:37 AM »
North East Stars’ suspension lifted.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


AFTER being suspended for two round of matches, North East Stars, the defending Pro League champions, have been cleared to return to league action on Sunday when they face Police in a round two match day seven fixture. This game will take place at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Arima from 3 pm.

This will be the first time that Stars will be on the field of play, since they were temporarily suspended earlier this month for non-payment of their $130,000 registration fee.

Interim league chairman Richard Fakoory confirmed he held a fruitful meeting with North East Stars owner Ryan Nunes at the TT Olympic Committee office in Port of Spain yesterday morning.

“He gave a commitment and I appreciate that,” said Fakoory.

According to Fakoory, “It’s a verbal agreement, but they will do it. I’m confident Ryan Nunes is a man of his word and I think he will.

“He said he will pay, so it had nothing to do with last year’s (lack of prize) money. He understands the position of the league.”

In an earlier interview, Fakoory revealed the North East Stars’ management, responding to a letter issued by the league, expressed their disappointment over the non-payment of prize money for last year’s league success, even though no cash rewards were on offer.

“They’re playing in the league, they’re playing in the Pro Bowl, they resolved their issues,” said Fakoory.

The $130,000 sum, which is paid by all 10 participating Pro League clubs, will go towards the running of the league – particularly costs of referees, match commissioners and the administrative arm.

Asked about the terms agreed by North East Stars to pay the fee, Fakoory responded, “They’ve made arrangements to pay, like all the other clubs. I’m not sure if they’ll pay all one time or how it’s going to be done, but they made a commitment, they’re going to be paying the league. I’m comfortable they will.”

Michael Awai, technical director of North East Stars, was unaware of his team’s impending return to fold.

When contacted yesterday, Awai said, “We aint get any fixtures yet. (When) we get the fixtures then I’ll respond to you.”

Asked if he knew about the club resolving their issues with the league, Awai replied, “(I) don’t know. You’ll have to talk to the Pro League.”

Was it an uncomfortable feeling for the league, as it faced a major issue with the 2017 title-holders?

According to Fakoory, “I don’t know how they looked at it, but I didn’t think we looked at it that way, for any decisions to be made.

“Not because they’re the defending champions, they could get a (bligh) over any other club and be delinquent. It doesn’t work that way. I’m the acting chairman (but) if my club (St Ann's Rangers) is delinquent or short, they’ll face the penalty. If the Board decides to punish them, then so be it for my club.”

The League will resume on Friday from the two-week international break with a double-header at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

Central FC will face Terminix St Ann’s Rangers at 6 pm, followed by the clash between San Juan Jabloteh and Morvant Caledonia United.

There will also be a pair of games on Sunday, at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. Club Sando will oppose Defence Force at 4 pm, and leaders W Connection will square off against Point Fortin Civic.

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Central can pile the pressure on Connection’s Pro League title tilt
« Reply #143 on: November 22, 2018, 01:42:23 PM »
Central can pile the pressure on Connection’s Pro League title tilt
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Pro League leaders W Connection will resume their 2018 title tilt against Point Fortin Civic in the second game of a double-header at Ato Boldon Stadium on Sunday.

But second-positioned Central FC (27 points) can first pile the pressure on Couva rivals Connection (30 points) when the “Couva Sharks” take on minnows Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers from 6pm on Friday in the opening match of a double-header at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Crosstown rivals San Juan Jabloteh and Morvant Caledonia United, a side undefeated in their last seven outings, will tackle each other in the second game at the Mucurapo venue from 8pm.

A win for the Stern John-coached Central can improve the three-time former champions’ chances of a fourth league title and for a CONCACAF qualifier spot – Caribbean Club Championship – with a top-two finish domestically.

Police FC are tied on 27 points with Central with only a +1 goal-difference separating both teams and the “Lawmen” must travel to Larry Gomes Stadium from 3pm on Sunday against cellar-placed North East Stars before facing Morvant Caledonia United and Central FC in their final two matches.

Defence Force FC, Morvant Caledonia and Club Sando are all on 24 points in fourth, fifth and sixth positions respectively and within a mathematical chance of a top-two finish as the competition stretches deep down the ladder.

As for leaders Connection, a side once boasting a seven-point lead, the “Savonetta Boys” have dug themselves a hole with five straight winless outings, including their first league defeat of the campaign by way of a late 0-1 loss against Morvant Caledonia last time out.

That result saw Central join Police three points adrift of the leaders, Connection, who must now end their rot against Civic from 6pm on Sunday at the Couva venue before tackling San Juan Jabloteh and North East Stars in their final two league outings.

“The last [few] games have been difficult,” W Connection assistant coach Earl Jean conceded after his team’s loss against Morvant Caledonia. “[…] we haven’t been scoring our goals and that’s the main problem about it. [But] I think the league is still in our hands, we have three games and they are three games we have to win. If we take our chances we will win those games.”

Also on Sunday, Sando and Defence Force, two teams boasting loads of talent, will lock horns from 4pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

See the remaining Pro League 2018 match-ups and current standings below

Pro League 2018
Round Two Match Day Seven
(Friday 23 November)

Central FC vs Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers, 6pm at Hasely Crawford Stadium;
San Juan Jabloteh vs Morvant Caledonia United, 8pm at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

(Sunday 25 November)
Club Sando vs Defence Force FC, 4pm at Ato Boldon Stadium;
W Connection vs Point Fortin Civic, 6pm at Ato Boldon Stadium;
North East Stars vs Police FC, 3pm at Larry Gomes Stadium.

Round Two Match Day Eight
(Dates, venues and times to be confirmed)

Club Sando vs Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers
Morvant Caledonia United vs Police FC
San Juan Jabloteh vs W Connection
Central FC vs Defence Force FC
North East Stars vs Point Fortin Civic

Round Two Match Day Nine
W Connection vs North East Stars
Point Fortin Civic vs Defence Force FC
Morvant Caledonia United vs Club Sando
Central FC vs Police FC
San Juan Jabloteh vs Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers

Pro League 2018 standings

# Team MP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 W Connection 15 8 6 1 30 7 23 30
2 Central FC 15 8 3 4 35 22 13 27
3 Police FC 15 8 3 4 30 18 12 27
4 Defence Force FC 14 7 3 4 31 16 15 24
5 Morvant Caledonia Utd 15 6 6 3 29 18 11 24
6 Club Sando 14 7 3 4 29 21 8 24
7 San Juan Jabloteh 15 7 2 6 21 20 1 23
8 Point Fortin Civic 15 2 2 11 16 35 -19 8
9 Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers 14 2 1 11 8 50 -42 7
10 North East Stars 12 1 3 8 11 33 -22 6
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Central hold off resilient Rangers to join Connection at summit
« Reply #144 on: November 24, 2018, 01:43:49 PM »
Central hold off resilient Rangers to join Connection at summit as Pro League title race reaches boiling point
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Three-time former winners Central FC joined Couva rivals W Connection on 30 points at the top of the Pro League 2018 standings after a hard-fought 4-2 win over ninth-positioned Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers in the first game of a Super Friday double-header at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Morvant Caledonia United later jumped two spots to occupy third, intensifying the race for a CONCACAF qualifying spot – a top-two domestic finish – three points adrift of the front two, with a 3-2 win over cross-town rivals San Juan Jabloteh thanks to a hat-trick from Quincy Ballah at the Mucurapo Road venue.

But the “Eastern Stallions”, though undefeated in their last eight outings, are tied on 27 points with Police FC, a side with a chance to take their tally to 30 points on Sunday when they clash with cellar-placed North East Stars from 3pm at Larry Gomes Stadium.

Akim Armstrong, Jamaican Ewan Grandison, Leston Paul and Duane Muckette all hit the back of the net for Central on a night Rangers had a goal each from Kerry Baptiste and Taje Commissiong, two penalty shouts, a shot off the bar among a number of created chances.

The Central win puts Connection, a side once boasting a seven-point lead, under increased pressure to end a five-game winless rot against Point Fortin Civic from 6pm on Sunday at Ato Boldon Stadium ahead of their last two games against San Juan Jabloteh and North East Stars.

Connection maintains lead by a superior +23 goal difference, eight more than Central, the Stern John-coached side that must face Defence Force FC and Police in their last two games.

Armstrong converted from the spot, hitting past the outstretched frame of Jabari St. Hillaire for his 12th league goal of the season to occupy second with Police FC’s Kareem Freitas in the race for the Golden Boot behind in-form Club Sando winger Tyrone Charles (13 goals), to put the “Couva Sharks” in front on 22 minutes after Leston Paul was bundled over in the area by Xae-Pierre Defou.

Grandison then made it 2-0 on the half hour after a strong run forward and link up with Paul to hit past Hillare.

Kerry Baptiste sliced the Rangers deficit three minutes later with a solid finish past Marvin Phillip but the veteran striker flared up an earlier injury in the process and had to be replaced soon afterwards.

It was not until the 75th minute that Paul, a two-time former Trinidad and Tobago youth World Cup captain, restored Central’s two-goal lead 3-1 following a solo effort.

But once more Rangers trimmed the lead with Taje Commissiong smashing a left footer past Phillip two minutes later to show teammate Chadley David how to find the back of the net after setting up the defender-cum-midfielder for a simple finish moments earlier. David had failed to connection to the left-back’s low feed at the back post.

Kishon Hackshaw, who was denied by the bar and Phillip in the first half, struck overbar on a wonderful chance a minute into the second half as Rangers were left to rue missed chances.

Muckette was also denied by the bar, but the Central attacker redeemed himself by rounding St. Hillaire to complete the 4-2 win a minute from time after latching onto a deep feed into the Rangers area.

Later, it took the Jerry Moe-coached Morvant Caledonia just one minute to take the lead against Jabloteh when eventual hat-trick hero Ballah turned in rebound from close up after goalkeeper Christopher Biggette kept out an attempt from Keron Cummings.

Ballah pounced again on 18 minutes, lashing in a penalty rebound to cushion Morvant Caledonia 2-0 after Biggette had matched Kerry Daniel’s effort from the spot. The diminutive attacker completed his first professional hat-trick by the 67th minute to restore the “Eastern Stallions”’ two-goal cushion after Jabloteh substitute Nickel Orr, just three minutes onto the pitch, celebrated his first top-flight goal on his first touch in the 62nd minute.

Another substitute Darren “Chucky” Mitchell struck again for Jabloteh in stoppage-time with a powerfully struck effort to beat Terrence Lewis at his first post to make it 2-3, but it wasn’t enough to avoid the “San Juan Kings” a fifth loss from their last six outings.

Club Sando and Defence Force, two sides on 24 points, could climb above Morvant Caledonia when they face each other from 4pm on Sunday in the first game of the double-header at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

Pro League 2018
Round Two Match Day Seven results
(Friday 23 November)

Central FC 4 (Akim Armstrong 22’, Ewan Grandison 30’, Leston Paul 75’, Duane Muckette 89’) vs Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers 2 (Kerry Baptiste 33’, Taje Commissiong 77’), at Hasely Crawford Stadium;

San Juan Jabloteh 2 (Nickel Orr 62’, Darren Mitchell 90’+2) vs Morvant Caledonia United 3 (Quincy Ballah 1’, 18’, 67’), at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Upcoming fixtures
Round Two Match Day Seven
(Sunday 25 November)

Club Sando vs Defence Force FC, 4pm at Ato Boldon Stadium;
W Connection vs Point Fortin Civic, 6pm at Ato Boldon Stadium;
North East Stars vs Police FC, 3pm at Larry Gomes Stadium.

Round Two Match Day Eight
(Dates, venues and times to be confirmed)

Club Sando vs Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers
Morvant Caledonia United vs Police FC
San Juan Jabloteh vs W Connection
Central FC vs Defence Force FC
North East Stars vs Point Fortin Civic

Round Two Match Day Nine
(Dates, venues and times to be confirmed)

W Connection vs North East Stars
Point Fortin Civic vs Defence Force FC
Morvant Caledonia United vs Club Sando
Central FC vs Police FC
San Juan Jabloteh vs Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers

Pro League 2018 standings

# Team MP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 W Connection 15 8 6 1 30 7 23 30
2 Central FC 16 9 3 4 39 24 15 30
3 Morvant Caledonia Utd 16 7 6 3 32 20 12 27
4 Police FC 15 8 3 4 30 18 12 27
5 Defence Force FC 14 7 3 4 31 16 15 24
6 Club Sando 14 7 3 4 29 21 8 24
7 San Juan Jabloteh 16 7 2 7 23 23 0 23
8 Point Fortin Civic 15 2 2 11 16 35 -19 8
9 Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers 15 2 1 12 10 54 -44 7
10 North East Stars 12 1 3 8 11 33 -22 6

Teams at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Friday
Game 1
Central FC: 1.Marvin Phillip (GK); 3.Ewan Grandison, 7.Hakim Baird, 8.Akim Armstrong, 10.Leston Paul, 12.Taryk Sampson, 13.Rhondel Gibson, 18.Densill Theobald (Capt.), 19.Jared London, 24.Duane Muckette, 29.Russel Alfred (11.Xavier Rajpaul 83rd minute).

Unused substitutes: 30.Zane Coker (GK); 5.Dwight Pope, 9.Tyrik John, 23.Andell Brown, 41.Renaldo Alexander.

Coach: Stern John

Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers: 22.Jabari St. Hillaire (GK); 52.Chadley David (55.Alexis Blackwell 73rd minute), 54.Frederick Commissiong, 56.Taje Commissiong, 66.Kerry Baptiste (Capt.) (73.Jeankeon Alexander 37th minute), 67.Anthony Charles, 69.Keyon Edwards, 70.Nicholai Orr (64.Dominic Douglas 68th minute), 71.Kishon Hackshaw, 77.Shaquille Thomas, 78.Xae-Pierre Defou.

Unused substitutes: 4.Lukman Brooks, 58.Cedric Commissiong, 59.Shaquille John, 72.Anthony Kallicharan.

Coach: Dave “Hog Head” Quamina

Match Officials
Referee: Nicholai Nyron
Assistant Referee 1: Caleb Wales
Assistant Referee 2:
Fourth Official: Keilon Bacchus
Match Commissioner: Marcia Williams

Game 2
San Juan Jabloteh: 1.Christopher Biggette (GK); 4.Nical Stephens (11.Darren Mitchell 59th minute), 5.Kevon Villaroel, 8.Jason Marcano, 10.Jomoul Francois (25.Nickel Orr 59th minute), 12.Keron Bethelmy, 17.Sean Bonval, 18.Jevon Morris, 20.Elton John (Capt.), 21.Jamal Creighton, 26.Akeem Benjamin (Josiah Baird 71st minute).

Unused substitutes: 30.Shemel Louison (GK); 15.Dillon Jagessar, 23.Jodel Brown, 24.Kareem Eastman,

Coach: Keith Jeffrey

Morvant Caledonia United: 1.Terrence Lewis (GK); 6.Keion Goodridge, 8.Ross Russell Jr., 9.Sedale Mc Lean, 11.Quincy Ballah, 14.Melvin Doxilly, 15.Malik Mieres (24.Osei Charles 84th minute), 17.Kerry Daniel, 19.Renaldo Francois (5.Joshua Sylvester 59th minute), 20.Keron Cummings, 29.Aikim Andrews (25.Joshua Martin 82nd minute).

Unused substitutes: 10.Sheldon Holder, 13.Saydrel Lewis, 21.Shem Clauzel.

Coach: Jerry Moe

Match Officials
Referee: Kwinsi Williams
Assistant Referee 1: Ainsley Rochard
Assistant Referee 2: Keron Myers
Fourth Official: CJ O’Brien
Match Commissioner: Frank Rodriguez
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Re: 2018 T&T Pro League Thread
« Reply #145 on: November 25, 2018, 01:41:07 AM »
Derelict Ojoe Road Ground hurting community.
By Andrew Gioannetti (Newsday).


MP promises relief in 2019.

THE Ojoe Road Recreation Ground has fallen into a dilapidated state, to the detriment of clubs and their supporters, as the venue remains sidelined from use by both the TT Pro League and TT Super League.

The ground has been Sangre Grande's hub for competitive sports and other activities, but in recent years became unplayable.

The situation was described by former Sports Minister Brent Sancho as "absolutely insane" and a "disgrace."

Matura ReUnited, a TT Super League member, has been hopping around venues outside Sangre Grande after being barred by the league from using the Ojoe Road venue. North East Stars of the TT Pro League abandoned the ground, opting to play home matches at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Arima instead.

Sancho, who was CEO of North East Stars, said while he was Minister of Sport, a Cabinet note for $60 million was approved for the upgrade of three venues: Ojoe Road Recreation Ground, Ato Boldon Stadium and Irwin Park.

He said when government last changed, however, the funds were used for other projects.

"Since at North East Stars, we had gotten Cabinet approval to build a facility there and from what I understood, what transpired is, with the change of government, they took the funds for Ojoe Road. They re-appropriated the money...which of course was at the detriment of teams in the Sangre Grande area," Sancho said.

The World Cup 2006 defender also described the lack of suitable facilities as "an injustice to people in the area, particularly with the types of sports persons we've produced over the years coming from that region.

"When you look at the type of footballers, cricketers, that come out of the area – track, basketball, etcetera – and coupled with...the amount of usage that Ojoe Road was getting, even when it wasn't properly put together...it is insane that between Matelot and Valencia, the only (suitable) playing facility is in Larry Gomes [Stadium]."

Sancho said when he joined the club, under the ownership of businessman Darryl Mahabir in 2008, the latter made laudable efforts using personal funds to make the venue adequate for top-tier football.

"He spend a lot of his own money trying to upgrade the field, but he was never supported by the corporation at the time. But they didn't have a proper management facility overseeing it, so every Tom, Dick and Harry was using the field. He redid the stands, he redid the field, he tried everything."

Sancho said he sought a temporary solution in 2015 with a partial upgrade of the Matura Recreation Ground, partially for the use of current Super League team Matura ReUnited.

"They got their lights, we resurfaced it a bit, but it was just a temporary hold until the Ojoe Road Sporting Facility was going to be finished, because we were going to join it with the basketball facility there."

The last major work done, he said, was in May, 2015, "where we installed lights and we resurfaced the ground. As far as I understand, since then nothing has been done."

Matura ReUnited tried to secure the use of the ground this season but was denied by the TT Super League.

President of the league Keith Look Loy,described its condition as that of a potato patch.

"Honestly, it's horrible," he said. "The problem is that it is a public ground and that it was woefully inadequate, the surface was horrible. It just wasn't suitable for a Super League venue...

"We tried to assist. We actually gave them three opportunities to have that Ojoe Road Ground inspected. They were doing work and it was never up to scratch.

"Then we got them assistance to get into Valencia High School, which has a pretty good ground on a dry day, but when it rains, it's a swamp. They played a couple matches there and they've been bouncing over the place."

GRANDE MP: OJOE GROUND READY IN 2019

MP for Sangre Grande Glenda Jennings-Smith, responding to concerns about the lack of sporting facilities for the north-eastern community, said while the facility falls under the purview of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation, she has taken a personal interest in ensuring the venue will be ready for use for Matura ReUnited for the start of the 2019 TT Super League season.

Jennings-Smith also noted that repairs to the basketball court at the nearby North East Regional Multi-purpose Facility, also located on Ojoe Road, is currently being addressed.

"I have been trying through the Sports Company to have them [look at the Ojoe Road Recreation Ground] and they have been looking at the possibility of incorporating that ground to do remedial work.

"I have been in communication with the chairman of the regional corporation, Mr (Terry) Rondon, and he appraised me of all the remedial work that was done. They did some remedial work on the stands itself and the toilet facilities... And I believe with this next fiscal [post-budget] year, there is funding for the continuation of that particular ground in Sangre Grande.

"It doesn't come under the remit of the Sports Company or the Ministry of Sport. Only if they want to engage in a particular upgrade that they will engage them. But as I said, that conversation will continue with the regional corporation."

Jennings-Smith said she is keen to see Matura ReUnited adopt Ojoe Road as their home ground.

"I am aware Matura's standing in the league and their success over the past months. Ojoe Road is being prepared for that [start of next season]. I actually brought that to the attention of the chairman and he assured me that it should be [ready] for the next season.

Jennings-Smith also addressed the issue of the North East Regional Multi-purpose Facility, which was constructed with uneven flooring. The facility was built by Shanghai Construction Limited and opened in 2016, but was quickly condemned by basketball leagues and individual clubs.

"With respect to that facility, yes I was there for the handing over and a match was played. But soon after, they discovered that the ground for the basketball court was uneven and then there was a flood where some underground water affected the ground for basketball where it's vinyl they have on the ground.

"I visited the facility myself afterwards and I was made aware of the issues," she said. "...what has happened is that the contract with the contractors came to an end. So the Ministry of Sport has now stepped in and, as a matter of fact, it is down for repairs this fiscal [year] and the place is now determined a construction site and remedial works to repair or replace that entire basketball floor is due to take place in the first quarter of this fiscal year."

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« Reply #146 on: November 26, 2018, 06:32:59 PM »
WATCH: A beaver trick from Marcus Joseph spearheaded W Connection's 8-0 hammering of Point Fortin Civic FC

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Re: 2018 T&T Pro League Thread
« Reply #147 on: November 27, 2018, 01:33:22 AM »
Joseph blasts four as Civic demolished 8-0.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


MARCUS JOSEPH continued his quest to claim the Golden Boot, as he netted four times in W Connection's 8-0 trouncing of Point Fortin Civic in the second game of a Pro League double-header at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on Sunday evening.

The result saw the league leaders end their five-game winless run. Also, Joseph reclaimed the top spot in the season's goal-scoring chart with 15 – two more than Club Sando's Tyrone Charles.

Connection sit atop the 10-team standings with 33 points, three ahead of Police who brushed aside North East Stars 5-1 at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Arima earlier on Sunday.

Joseph got things going with two early items, in the eighth and 13th minutes, and completed his treble in the 37th when he ran onto a long ball from right-back Isaiah Garcia and lobbed the advancing goalkeeper Ishmael Salaam.

Kadeem Corbin got his name on the scoresheet in the 43rd, as he collected a pass from left-back Kurt Frederick and neatly placed his shot beyond the reach of Salaam.

Point Fortin coach Reynold Carrington introduced the Garcia brothers Nathaniel and Judah at the start of the second half, but that move had little effect as Connection continued to pile on the pressure.

Two minutes after the resumption, Jomal Williams, racing at goal from the left, was taken down inside the penalty box by Salaam, leaving referee Joel Cox with no option but to point to the spot.

Defender Triston Hodge's kick was parried by Salaam and Hodge calmly slotted home the rebound.

In the 55th, Corbin notched his second when he tapped home from close range, after Williams dummied a ball from the right by Garcia.

Another ball from the right resulted in a Connection goal, as Williams met a pass from Neil Benjamin and finished from inside the six-yard box.

Two minutes later (72nd), Joseph ended the goal-scoring bombardment with a low right-footed effort past the right of an outstretched Salaam.

At Arima, North East Stars, back in the fray after missing two games due to issues regarding payment of their registration fee, took a 13th minute lead courtesy Shakqeem Joseph.

But the lawmen responded in emphatic style, with two goals apiece from the Perry brothers Kareem (18th and 35th minute penalties) and Jameel (25th and 49th). Michael Hyacenth put the icing on the cake with a strike in the 66th.

In the first of back-to-back games in Couva, Club Sando defeated Defence Force 1-0 with Nicholas Thomas finding the back of the net in the 58th.

On Friday, in a double-header at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo, Central FC whipped Terminix St Ann’s Rangers 4-2 and Morvant Caledonia United edged San Juan Jabloteh 3-2.

Round two match day eight fixtures:

Today – North East Stars vs Point Fortin Civic, Larry Gomes Stadium, 3.30 pm.

Tomorrow – Morvant Caledonia United vs Police; San Juan Jabloteh vs W Connection, Hasely Crawford Stadium; Club Sando vs St Ann's Rangers; Central FC vs Defence Force, Ato Boldon Stadium, 6 pm & 8 pm.

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Joseph fires W Connection with beaver-trick.
By Nigel Simon (Guardian).


T&T in­ter­na­tion­al Mar­cus Joseph fired in a beaver-trick as T&T Pro League lead­ers W Con­nec­tion end­ed a five-match win­less streak in style, drub­bing Pt Fortin Civic 8-0 at the Ato Boldon Sta­di­um, Cou­va on Sun­day night.

With its once healthy sev­en points lead at the top of the ten-team trimmed to a goal-dif­fer­ence ad­van­tage over three-time for­mer cham­pi­ons Cen­tral FC on Fri­day, the pres­sure was on the ‘Savonet­ta Boys”, five-time cham­pi­ons but not since the 2013-2014 sea­son to pick up max­i­mum points against Civic with on­ly two rounds of match­es left to com­plete the sea­son.

Joseph, who has been plagued by in­juries in re­cent weeks, wast­ed lit­tle time in giv­ing his team a much need­ed ear­ly cush­ion when he scored in the eighth and 13th min­utes to put Civic un­der ear­ly pres­sure.

Eight min­utes be­fore the in­ter­val, Joseph com­plet­ed his hat-trick while ex-na­tion­al Un­der-20 star strik­er Kadeem Corbin made cer­tain Civic had no way back in the match with a 43rd-minute goal for a 4-0 lead at the half-time whis­tle.

Two min­utes in­to the sec­ond-half an­oth­er T&T in­ter­na­tion­al, Tris­tan Hodge ex­tend­ed the lead to 5-0 be­fore Corbin grabbed a sec­ond in the 56th, fol­lowed by an item from na­tion­al mid­field­er Jo­mal

Williams in the 70th, be­fore Joseph com­plet­ed his beaver-trick in the 72nd minute with his league-best 15th goal of the sea­son to the de­light of his coach­ing staff and team-mates

The win puts W Con­nec­tion, on 33 points from 16 match­es, three ahead of Po­lice FC and Cen­tral FC while Mor­vant Cale­do­nia Unit­ed and Club San­do, are fourth and fifth re­spec­tive­ly with 27 points and are the two oth­er teams still in the hunt for the league crown as well as a top-two fin­ish to qual­i­fy for the Con­ca­caf Cham­pi­ons League.

In the ear­ly match at Ato Boldon Sta­di­um on Sun­day, Nicholas Thomas scored in the 58th minute to earn Club San­do a 1-0 win over De­fence Force, leav­ing the lat­ter on 24 points and a dan­ger of miss­ing out on a top two spot.

Up at the Lar­ry Gomes Sta­di­um, Mal­abar, strik­ers Ka­reem Fre­itas and Jameel Per­ry scored two goals each in Po­lice FC’s 5-1 spank­ing of North East Stars.

NE Stars ac­tu­al­ly went ahead in the con­test in the 13th minute via Shakqueem Joseph, but the Law­men then pressed on the gas with Fre­itas scor­ing in the 18th minute from the penal­ty-spot while Per­ry net­ted in the 25th to put his team 2-1 ahead.

Fre­itas made it 3-1 in the 35th with an­oth­er penal­ty for his 14th item of the cam­paign, while Per­ry got his sec­ond in the 49th, and Michael Hy­acinth the oth­er in the 66th.

Fri­day Re­sults

Cen­tral FC 4 (Akim Arm­strong 22’, Ewan Gran­di­son 30’, Le­ston Paul 75’, Du­ane Muck­ette 89’) vs Ter­minix St. Ann’s Rangers 2 (Ker­ry Bap­tiste 33’, Taje Com­mis­siong 77’)

San Juan Jabloteh 2 (Nick­el Orr 62’, Dar­ren Mitchell 90’+2) vs Mor­vant Cale­do­nia Unit­ed 3 (Quin­cy Bal­lah 1’, 18’, 67’)

Po­lice FC 5 (Ka­reem Fre­itas 18th pen, 35th pen, Jameel Per­ry 25th, 49th, Michael Hy­acinth 66th) vs North East Stars 1 (Shakqueem Joseph 13th)

Club San­do 1 (Nicholas Thomas 58th) vs De­fence Force 0

W Con­nec­tion 8 (Mar­cus Joseph 8th, 13th, 37th, 72nd, Kadeem Corbin 43rd, 56th, Tris­tan Hodge 47th, Jo­mal Williams 70th)

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« Reply #148 on: November 28, 2018, 12:24:52 PM »
Police FC look for Pro League ‘miracle’
By Ryan Hamilton-Davis (T&T Newsday)


DESPITE being just three points away from the top of the TT Pro League standings, Police FC coach Richard Hood said it would take a “miracle” to win the league with two games left.

“For us to win the league, W Connection would either have to lose their last two games or come out with at least a draw and a loss – and I don’t see that happening,” Hood said on Monday.

Police FC are second in the league standings with 30 points, while W Connection lead the table with 33. Hood said that although the deficit between first and second is just one win away from being erased, their fate is not in their hands and he does not see the stars aligning for them to clinch their first ever league title.

W Connection are set to play mid-table San Juan Jabloteh today and Hood said he is expecting a good performance from Jabloteh – a performance that may even lead the team to victory. But he noted that the league leaders should have no problem against the struggling St Ann’s Rangers in their final fixture. The Rangers are second to last on the league table with 12 losses from their 15 games this season and a mere seven points.

“If that game (against Jabloteh) goes our way (and W Connection lose), we will be very happy. The next game (vs Rangers) will be a problem, because even if they lose that (Jabloteh) game (and beat Rangers) and we win our next two games that would leave us with the same points and they have a superior goal difference.”

According to the league standings, W Connection have scored 38 goals, and were scored on seven times, while Police FC have scored 35 goals this season, and conceded 19 goals.

Hood said rather than hoping for a result they have no control over, he and Police FC are now looking to have a strong finish to the league, and end the year in one of the top two positions on the table which guarantees a spot in the CFU Club Championships.

“Our focus is on trying to finish in that second place position,” Hood said. “That means we have to do it ourselves. We cannot rely on anyone else. We are going to go into those next two games with the intentions of gaining victories.”

Police FC are expected to face Morvant Caledonia on Wednesday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, and after they will clash with Central FC.

Hood told Newsday that they played Caledonia twice this year. In one occasion they lost against Caledonia as they competed for the First Citizens’ Cup, and in another they drew 1-1 during their match-up in the Pro League. Hood said although they face stiff competition, he believes they have what it takes to come out victorious.

“The game depends on us being able to execute our offensive and defensive plans. They (Caledonia) are a solid team with a lot of strengths but there are weaknesses that can be exploited and hopefully we can exploit them.” Hood said.

STANDINGS

Teams*P*W*D*L*F*A*Pts
W Connection*16*9*6*1*38*7*33
Police*16*9*3*4*35*19*30
Central FC*16*9*3*4*39*24*30
Morvant Caledonia*16*7*6*3*32*20*27
Club Sando*15*8*3*4*30*21*27
Defence Force*15*7*3*5*31*17*24
San Juan Jabloteh*16*7*2*7*23*23*23
Point Fortin Civic*16*2*2*12*16*43*8
St Ann’s Rangers*15*2*1*12*10*54*7
North East Stars*13*1*3*9*12*38*6
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WATCH: A 3-1 defeat at the hands of Point Fortin Civic FC keeps North East Stars rooted to the bottom of the T&T Pro League table

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