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.
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.
North East 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.
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)