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The dom­i­nance of the De­fence Force team in the T&T Pro League con­tin­ued on Fri­day night when they edged strug­gling W Con­nec­tion 1-0 at the Hase­ly Craw­ford Sta­di­um in Mu­cu­rapo to main­tain their top po­si­tion on the stand­ings.

The goal came from a 33rd-minute strike by Je­lani Fe­lix and moved the Army Coast-Guard Com­bi­na­tion unit to 12 points, a mere two-point ad­van­tage over sec­ond-placed Po­lice FC, who were al­so vic­to­ri­ous on Fri­day af­ter thrash­ing Point Fortin Civic Cen­tre 3-1 in the open­ing match of a dou­ble­head­er at the Sta­di­um.

The Point Fortin men, who are still to record their first win of the sea­son, felt they were on their way to break­ing that jinx when Kervile Je­re­mi­ah fired them in front af­ter on­ly four min­utes.

They then held out for the next nine min­utes be­fore the Law­men broke their re­sis­tance.

Ka­reem De Fre­itas found the equal­is­ing goal in the 13th minute and af­ter a pe­ri­od of sus­tained pres­sure, the Law­men went 2-1 ahead from Keion Wil­son’s 63rd-minute item, ef­fec­tive­ly putting Po­lice in the dri­ver’s seat.

The win, how­ev­er, was sealed when De Fre­itas added his sec­ond goal of the match in the 81st minute.

At the La Hor­quet­ta Recre­ation Ground, Keron Cum­mings scored a dou­ble as home team Ter­minix La Hor­quet­ta Rangers de­mol­ished San Juan Jabloteh 6-0 to move to fourth on the chart.

Cum­mings, who has been lob­by­ing for a re­turn to the na­tion­al team, may just have caught the at­ten­tion of new na­tion­al coach Ter­ry Fen­wick with his goals in the sec­ond and 24th min­utes.

The Jabloteh men, known for hav­ing dif­fi­cul­ties when play­ing in La Hor­quet­ta, were a shad­ow of them­selves as they con­ced­ed goals at will.

Samuel Delice made it 3-0 with his goal in the 45th minute, while Ty­rone Charles (57th), Kishon Hack­shaw (60th) and Ja­mal Creighton (70th) sealed the win to take their team to six points af­ter four match­es.

And in the open­ing en­counter at the same venue, Cen­tral FC got a goal on each side of the half from Che Ben­ny (7th) and Shakiel Hen­ry (29th) to dis­pose of Tiger Tanks Club San­do 2-1.

With the win, the Cen­tral FC men se­cured the sixth po­si­tion on the stand­ings with five points.

Mean­while, in a lone en­counter at the Lar­ry Gomes Sta­di­um in Mal­abar, Ari­ma, on Sat­ur­day, Mor­vant Cale­do­nia and Cunu­pia FC played to a 1-1 draw.

The Cen­tral men opened the scor­ing in the 46th minute from Ha­keem Legall but with the game head­ing to its end, Raphael Joseph snatched the equalis­er in the 80th for a share of the points.

Scores:

CEN­TRAL FC 2 (Che Ben­ny 7th, Shakiel Hen­ry 29th) v CLUB SAN­DO 1 (Shaq­keem Joseph 43rd)

LA HOR­QUET­TA RANGERS 6 (Keron Cum­mings 2nd & 24th, Samuel Delice 45th, Ty­rone Charles 57th, Kishon Hack­shaw 60th, Ja­mal Creighton 70th) v SAN JUAN JABLOTEH 0

PO­LICE FC 3 (Ka­reem De Fre­itas 13th & 81st, Keion Wil­son 63rd) v POINT FORTIN CIVIC 1 (Kervile Je­re­mi­ah 4th)

DE­FENCE FORCE 1 (Je­lani Fe­lix 33rd) v W CON­NEC­TION 0

Cur­rent Stand­ings

Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 De­fence Force FC 4 4 0 0 7 3 4 12
2 Po­lice FC 5 3 1 1 8 4 4 10
3 Mor­vant Cale­do­nia Unit­ed 4 2 2 0 4 2 2 8
4 Ter­minix La Hor­quet­ta Rangers 4 2 0 2 15 7 8 6
5 W Con­nec­tion 4 1 2 1 5 4 1 5
6 Cen­tral FC 5 1 2 2 5 6 -1 5
7 Club San­do 5 1 2 2 4 5 -1 5
8 AC Port of Spain 4 1 1 2 6 11 -5 4
9 San Juan Jabloteh 5 1 1 3 1 8 -7 4
10 Point Fortin Civic 3 0 2 1 2 4 -2 2
11 Cunu­pia FC 3 0 1 2 3 6 -3 1