Former national striker, Devorn Jorsling and Jerome Mc Intyre were both on target to lead Defence Force to a 2-0 defeat of Cunupia FC in their opening match of the $2.3 million Ascension Invitational Football League Division One on Sunday.
Jorsling, the all-time leading scorer of the now-defunct T&T Pro League with more than 150 goals to his name, opened the scoring in the 31st minute for a 1-0 half-time advantage at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, before Mc Intyre sealed all three points for the visitors in the 73rd.
With the win, Defence Force joined Guaya United, Morvant Caledonia AIA United and Club Sando FC at the top of the table with three points each.
In Division Two, RSSR FC trounced hosts Marabella Family Crisis centre 3-0 at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Training Field, Marabella on Sunday led by a first-half brace from Jovon Vincent.
Vincent fired in the go-ahead item as early as the third minute and got his second in the 38th after former national youth player Micah Lansiquot made it 2-0 in the 30th.
There were two other Division Two matches, with Bethel United being held to a 2-2 draw by visiting Club Sando Uprising at Mt Gomery Recreation Ground, while San Fernando Giants and Erin FC drew goalless at Union Hall Ground, Marabella. Matches will be resume on Friday.
Guaya United 2 (Keston Frontin 10th, Shaquelle Ferrier 65th) vs Police FC 1 (Christian Thomas 21st)
FC Santa Rosa 0 vs QPCC 0
Morvant Caledonia AIA 4 (Renaldo Francois 10th, 40th, Shem Clazel 34th, Johnny Britto 65th) vs Prison Service 2 (Akeem Biddy-Bailey 57th, Ricardo Alleyne 88th)
Club Sando 6 (Trevin Caesar 37th, 49th, 74th, Keron Cornwall 50th, Akinola Gregory 65th, Neon Lammy 71st) vs Matura ReUnited FC 0
Defence Force 2 (Devorn Jorsling 31st, Jerome Mc Intyre 73rd) vs Cunupia FC 0
Deportivo P.F 7 (Marcus Joseph 4th, 38th, 41st, Hughtun Hector 18th, Andrei Pacheco 48th, Kevin Moodie 88th, 93rd) vs Harlem Strikers 0
UTT 4 (Theon James 16th, Dillon Bartholomew 83rd, 87th, Kishun Seecharan 85th) vs Moruga FC 2 (Nigel John 39th, Aaron Rodney 71st)
Police FC 2 (Donavon Derrick 40th, Jamal Burke 42nd) vs Petit Valley/Diego Martin United 1 (Akeil Thomas 53rd)
RSSR FC 3 (Jovon Vincet 3rd, 38th, Micah Lansiquot 30th) vs Marabella Family Crisis Centre 0
Bethel United 2 (Shaquille Cox 49th, Kerri Mc Donald 53rd) vs Club Sando Uprising Youths 2 (Kyle Celestine 38th, Jabari Mitchell 42nd)
San Fernando Giants 0 vs Erin FC 0
FC Santa Rosa vs Cunupia FC, Arima Municipal Stadium, Arima, 8pm
Defence Force vs Prison Service FC, Defence Force Headquarters, Chaguaramas, 3.30pm
Morvant Caledonia AIA vs Club Sando FC, Venue TBC
Matura ReUnited vs Guaya United, Matura Rec. Grd, 4pm
San Juan Jabloteh vs Police FC, San Juan North Secondary, Bourg Mulatresse, San Juan, 4pm.
Moruga FC vs Bethel United, Grand Chemin Rce. Grd, Moruga, 4pm
Club Sando Uprising Youths vs RSSR FC, Guapo Rec. Grd, 6.30pm
Harlem Strikers vs Erin FC, Frederick Settlemen Grd, Caroni, 5.30pm
Marabella Family C.Ce vs Deportivo P.F, Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Training Field, Marabella, 4pm
San Fernando Giants vs Police FC, Union Hall Ground, Marabella, 4pm
Petit Valley/Diego Martin United vs UTT, St Anthony's College Grd, Westmoorings, 4pm
Jorsling, McIntyre goals give Defence Force winning start
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).
DEFENCE FORCE made a winning start to the 2019 Ascension Invitational Tournament, on Sunday, with a 2-0 win over Cunupia FC, in a Division One fixture, at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Arima.
Evergreen striker Devorn Jorsling and Jerome McIntyre scored in either half as the Army-Coast Guard combination thwarted the challenge of their combative opponents.
Jorsling, who looked heavier than he has been throughout his distinguished local playing career, showed that he has lost little of his scoring touch when he found the back of the net in the 31st minute.
Winger Jelani Felix made a run down the left and sent a low cross which was missed by captain Jerwyn Balthazar. But Jorsling was on hand to slot home the loose ball, from a few metres out.
Six minutes later, Cunupia had a good chance to equalise, as Hakeem Legall intercepted a poor pass from Jules Lee and his shot went wide of the mark. Jorsling could have doubled his account in the 59th, with a trademark left-footed freekick which crashed off the crossbar with goalkeeper Cleon John beaten.
Right-back McIntyre, who required medical attention after a pair of head injuries, redeemed himself to net Defence Force’s second goal, in the 73rd.
Felix sent in a corner from the right which was headed onto the crossbar by Balthazar, but McIntyre headed the rebound into the open net.Defence Force’s goalie Aaron Enill produced a pair of saves to deny skipper Kevon “Showtime” Woodley and Mikheil Peters, following a Legall freekick, in the 75th.
And Enill came up trumps again, in the 81st, as he dived to his right to save a penalty from Woodley, after the TT Beach Soccer striker was bundled over in the box by defender Justin Garcia. This game was one of four which took place on Sunday.
The match between Erin FC and the San Fernando Giants ended in a goalless draw at the Union Hall Ground in Marabella.
Match three was one crisis that Marabella Family Crisis Centre couldn’t prevent, losing 3-0 to RSSR FC. Jovon Vincent was just one short of his hat-trick, with teammate Micah Lansiquot netting the third.
The final match ended in a 2-2 draw between Bethel United and Club Sando Uprising Youths. Kyle Celestine and Jabari Mitchell secured goals for Uprising, and Shaquille Cox and Kerri Mc Donald for United.
Five matches were held on Saturday. Playing in Division One were Caledonia AIA who secured a 4-2 win over Prison Service FC at the YTC grounds in Arouca. Caledonia got two goals from Renaldo Francois, and teammates Shem Clauzel and Johnny Brito scoring one each.
The evening ended in disappointment for Matura Re-United who failed to find the back of the net on their home ground as Club Sando earned a lopsided 6-0 victory. National forward Trevin Caesar, who played for Kosovan club SC Gjilani last season, scored a hat-trick while Keron Cornwall, Akinola Gregory, Neon Lammy also added their name to the scoresheet at the Matura Recreational Ground.
Police FC (Super League) faced Petit Valley/Diego Martin United at Police Academy, St James, and prevailed 2-1 with first half goals from Donavon Derrick and Jamal Burke. United tried to make a comeback as Akeil Thomas copped a goal in the 53rd minute but Police held firm till the final whistle.
Meanwhile, at the UTT grounds in O’Meara, Arima, UTT defeated Moruga FC 4-2. UTT’s Theon James started it off with a goal in the 16th minute. Nigel John and Aaron Rodney netted for Moruga FC in the second half but UTT responded with a second from James and strikes from Dillon Bartholomew and Kishun Seecharan.
Deportivo Point Fortin (PF) crushed Harlem Strikers 7-0 at the Mahaica Oval in Point Fortin, with a treble from TT forward Marcus “Lobo” Joseph, two from Kevon Moodie and one apiece from Hughtun Hector and Andrei Pacheco.
On Friday, Guaya United edged Police (Pro League) 2-1 at the Guayaguayare Recreation Ground while FC Santa Rosa were held to a goalless draw by Queen’s Park at the Arima Velodrome. The tournament will continue this weekend.
Deportivo PF demolish Harlem Strikers 7-0
By Narissa Fraser (Newsday).
CARONI’S Harlem Strikers suffered a humiliating 7-0 defeat against Deportivo Point Fortin (PF),on Saturday evening, at the Mahaica Oval, in Point Fortin.
Both teams are in division two of the 2019 Ascension Invitational tournament, which began on Friday.
Deportivo PF wasted no time as forward Marcus “Lobo” Joseph, who now plays for Indian club Gokulam Kerala FC, secured a goal in the 4th minute. Captain Hughton Hector also added his name to the scoresheet soon after in the 11th minute.
The Strikers defenders continued to struggle with clearing the ball as Joseph cruised past them to secure a hat trick in the first half with goals in the 38th and 41st minutes and Andrei Pacheco netting another just after.
Strikers fans were visibly frustrated as they looked on during the second half, hoping their team could secure a goal before the final minute. But Deportivo PF continued their streak with two strikes from Rehad Moodie, with the match ending in disappointment for the Strikers.
Speaking with Newsday, goal scorer Marcus Joseph said he believes the downfall of the Strikers was that they did not play as a unit, adding that he was elated to secure a hat trick for his team.
“The game was a pretty good game, it was very nice for our first game. It’s always great to get goals and we played as a team,” Joseph said.
Strikers captain Ita Charles, who was unable to play due to injury, told Newsday, “We could have improvised to the situation because everything was against us. The other team was better, they came out firing, close to the ball. What we need to do is regroup and move forward.”