DEFENCE FORCE stretched their lead atop the standings in the TT Pro League too nine points, over Terminix La Horquetta Rangers, on Tuesday.
The Army-Coast Guard combination notched a hard-fought 2-1 win over Cunupia FC, at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva. Winger Darius Ollivierra got a double for the league leaders, in the 61st and 83rd minutes, as Defence Force earned their tenth win of the season. Substitute forward Mikheil Peters pulled one back for the bottom-placed Cunupia, in second-half stoppage time. After 13 games, Defence Force have a tally of 32 points while Cunupia have amassed only eight points.
Cunupia have shown steady improvement, in terms of their discipline and tactical formation, during their debut season in the top-flight of local club football. But they show too much of a reliance on their experienced captain and striker Kevon ‘Showtime’ Woodley. Defence Force were comfortable winners on the day, even though it took a while for them to penetrate the well-organised Cunupia backline.
Ollivierra had the first chance for Defence Force, after 18 minutes, with a low left-footed shot which went wide of Keston Malchan’s goal. Reon Moore and forward Brent Sam exchanged passes, but Moore sent his right-footed effort overbar, while Adrian Welch and Moore had a give-and-go before Welch skied his right-footer.Sam could not keep down his right-footed drive, after good work by Moore, and Moore took matters into his own hands, in the 40th minute, with a shot which was denied by Malchan. Eight minutes into the second half, Ollivierra made a move from the right and drilled his shot against the crossbar.
And the constant pressure by Defence Force proved effective shortly afterwards when Ollivierra raced on to a squared pass from Moore to send his shot via Malchan’s body and into the back of the net. Woodley and Rudy James had opportunities to equalise, but they were unable to do so.Those errors were costly as Ollivierra took aim from 25 metres, and fired past Malchan, who was badly out of position.
Peters got a consolation item, when he headed home a good cross from the left by fellow reserve Donan Jervier.
The other scheduled clash at Couva on Tuesday, between Police FC and Tiger Tanks Club Sando, has been pushed back to Thursday, from 6 pm, at Couva.
In the other match W Connection, known as the 'Savonetta Boys' needed just a single goal from Briel Thomas in the 31st minute for maximum points. Despite the win, however, they remained in the fourth position on 21 points.
(Tuesday 18 February)
Reschedule Matches for Round 1 Match #7 & Round 2 Match #13
Defence Force 2 (Darius Ollivierra 63, 84) v Cunupia FC 1 (Mikheil Peters 90+2), 6:00pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.
Point Fortin Civic 0 v W Connection 1 (Briel Thomas 31), 7:00pm, Mahaica Oval. - Match Highlights
(Thursday 20 February)
Reschedule Match for Round 2 Match #14
Police FC v Club Sando, 6:00pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.
Latest Team Standings
P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Defence Force FC 13 10 2 1 24 11 +13 32
2 La Horquetta Rangers 13 7 2 4 39 18 +21 23
3 Police FC 13 6 4 3 26 13 +13 22
4 W Connection 13 6 3 4 23 19 +4 21
5 Morvant Caledonia United 13 4 6 3 14 16 -2 18
6 Point Fortin Civic 13 5 3 5 18 21 -3 18
7 San Juan Jabloteh 14 4 4 6 19 27 -8 16
8 Club Sando 13 4 3 6 19 17 +2 15
9 Central FC 14 3 4 7 15 24 -9 13
10 AC Port of Spain 14 3 4 7 17 33 -16 13
11 Cunupia FC 13 1 5 7 10 25 -15 8