Defence Force got a goal on both sides of the half from Devorn Jorsling and Jelani Felix to propel them to the top of the Division 1 standings in the Ascension Invitational Football League on Sunday.
At the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar, Arima, the Army Coast-Guard combination unit found themselves in a battle for the top position against a plucky team that quickly earned the name Green Army following their achievements in the T&T Super League.
However, the Defence Force drew first blood when instrumental striker Jorsling found the net a minute before the half-time interval.
And despite ongoing efforts for an equaliser by the Guayaguayare men, it was the Defence Force who sealed the win in the 81st minute through Felix.
The result assured them an unblemished record after three matches, sitting on nine points.
Morvant Caledonia United are also unbeaten in the tournament, a record that was confirmed by a 2-1 win away to San Juan Jabloteh at the San Juan Secondary North Grounds on Sunday.
Johnny Noreiga-Britto and Quincy Ballah pushed the Morvant-based team comfortably in front 2-0 after goals in 35th and 55th minutes respectively. And they secured the win at the end, despite the 81st-minute strike by Shaquille John.
In other games, Matura Re-United were held to a 2-2 tie by Queen's Park CC and FC Santa Rosa received their first win of the League by virtue of edging Prison Service 2-1.
In another game, Cunupia FC shut-out Club Sando 2-0.
In Division Two, sixth-placed Bethel United FC got a goal each from Makan Hislop 58th and Shaquille Cox 85th to turn back Marabella Family Crisis Centre 2-1.
Defence Force FC 2 (Devorn Jorsling 44th, Jelani Felix 81st) v Guaya United FC 0
Morvant Caledonia AIA 2 (Johnny Noreiga-Brito 35th, Quincy Ballah 55th) v San Juan Jabloteh 1 (Shaquille John 89th)
QPCC 2 (Ricardo John 1st & 3rd) v Matura ReUnited FC 2 (Carlon Hughes 23rd, Maurice Dick 42nd)
Cunupia FC 2 (Kevon Woodley 13th & 23rd) v Club Sando FC 0
FC Santa Rosa 2 (John-Paul Rochford 84th, Noel Williams 88th) v Prison Service FC 1 (Nathan Julien 52nd)
RESULTS DIV 2
Bethel United FC 2 (Makan Hislop 58th, Shaquille Cox 85th) v Marabella Family Crisis Centre 1 (Rayon Alleyne 47th)
San Fernando Giants 1 (Kerville Jeremiah 79th) v Petit Valley/Diego Martin United 0
RSSR FC 0 v Harlem Strikers 0
1.Defence Force FC*3*3*0*0*7*0*7*9
2.Morvant Caledonia AIA*3*3*0*0*7*3*4*9
4.Guaya United F.C*3*2*0*1*3*3*0*6
5.FC Santa Rosa*3*1*1*1*4*6*-2*4
6.Club Sando F.C*3*1*0*2*6*3*3*3
7.San Juan Jabloteh*2*1*0*1*4*3*1*3
9.Matura ReUnited F.C*3*0*1*2*2*9*-7*1
10.La Horquetta Rangers FC*0*0*0*0*0*0*0*0
12.Prison Service FC*3*0*0*3*3*9*-6*0
Defence Force, Deportivo Point Fortin stay top
By Narissa Fraser (Newsday).
DEFENCE Force and Deportivo Point Fortin continued their winning streaks over the weekend to maintain the top spots in the 2019 Ascension Invitational Football Tournament.
Defence Force are at the top of Division One, with Morvant Caledonia AIA just below with a three-goal difference, while Deportivo Point Fortin lead Division Two.
Defence Force defeated Guaya United 2-0 at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar on Sunday, with a goal from Dervon Josling in the 44th minute and another from Jelani Felix in the 81st. Guaya dropped to fourth in Division One.
On Saturday, Deportivo Point Fortin demolished Erin FC 7-2 in their Division Two match at the Mahaica Oval in Point Fortin. Deportivo's Andrei Pacheco, the second top goal-scorer of the division, started it off with a goal in the fourth minute, with teammate Judah Garcia adding his name to the scoresheet in the 12th minute.
Erin FC's Jason Gross responded to make it 2-1, but was silenced by yet another goal by Deportivo Point Fortin as Garcia found the back of the net once more.
Garcia copped a third, earning a hat-trick, while Pacheco was just one short with his final goal in the 42nd minute. Erin FC managed to get one more goal thanks to Israel Williams.
League action continues this weekend.
DIVISION ONE -
DEFENCE FORCE FC 2 vs GUAYA UNITED FC 0
SAN JUAN JABLOTEH 1 vs MORVANT CALEDONIA AIA 2
QUEEN'S PARK 2 vs MATURA RE-UNITED 2
CLUB SANDO FC 0 vs CUNUPIA FC 2
PRISON SERVICE FC 1 vs FC SANTA ROSA 2
DIVISION TWO -
POLICE FC 1 vs MORUGA FC 0
UTT 2 vs CLUB SANDO - 2
DEPORTIVO POINT FORTIN 7 vs ERIN FC 2
BETHEL UNITED 2 vs MARABELLA FAMILY CRISIS CENTRE 1
PETIT VALLEY/DIEGO MARTIN UNITED 0 vs SAN FERNANDO GIANTS 1
RSSR FC 0, HARLEM STRIKERS 0