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Photo: Defence Force defender Curtis Gonzales (second from left) grabs hold of La Horquetta Rangers winger Hayden Tinto (far right) while teammates Hashim Arcia (centre) and Jerwyn Balthazar act as peacemakers during Ascension Invitational action at Phase 2 La Horquetta on 17 August 2019. ..(Copyright Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)
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San Juan Jabloteh got a goal each from Sean Bon­val and Jodel Brown to hold off Prison Ser­vice FC to move up to fifth on the Di­vi­sion One stand­ings of the As­cen­sion In­vi­ta­tion­al Football Tour­na­ment at San Juan North Sec­ondary Ground, Bourg Mu­la­tresse, San Juan on Sun­day.

Bon­val got the open­er in the third-minute be­fore Brown made it 2-0 12 min­ures lat­er, on­ly for An­to­nio Au­guste to pull a goal back for Prison Ser­vice three min­utes be­fore the half-time in­ter­val.

Both teams then failed to add to their tal­ly in the sec­ond half, and with Jabloteh pick­ing up a third win in four match­es to move to nine points, lev­el with Club San­do FC who have played two match­es more, and six be­hind Mor­vant Cale­do­nia AIA who leads the ta­ble with max­i­mum 15 points, two clear of De­fence Force, both from five match­es each.

In Sun­day's oth­er match, Dwane James scored the last-minute equalis­er to earn Cunu­pia FC a 1-1 draw with Queen's Park Crick­et Club at St Mary's Col­lege Ground, Ser­pen­tine Road, St Clair, af­ter Shomarie An­tonie's net­ted a tenth-minute open­er for the host.

In Di­vi­sion Two, Pe­tit Val­ley/Diego Mar­tin Unit­ed and Bethel Unit­ed picked up valu­able home wins on Sun­day.

At St An­tho­ny's Col­lege Ground, Morne Co­co Road, West­moor­ings, Akeil Thomas' 52nd-minute strik­er earned Pe­tit Val­ley/Diego Mar­tin Unit­ed a 2-1 tri­umph against Harlem Strik­ers while Joki­ah Lea­cock, An­del No­ray and Tee Jay Cadiz were on tar­get for Bethel Unit­ed to beat RSSR FC, 3-1.

Results

Sun­day

Di­vi­sion One

San Juan Jabloteh 2 (Sean Bon­val 3rd, Jodel Brown 15th) vs Prison Ser­vice FC 1 (An­to­nio Au­guste 42nd)

QPCC 1 (Shomarie An­toine 10th) vs Cunu­pia FC 1 Dwane James 90th)

Di­vi­sion Two

Pe­tit Val­ley/Diego Mar­tin 2 (Ishaq Ab­dul­lah 19th, Akeil Thomas 52nd) vs Harlem Strik­ers 1 (Vic­tor De Sil­va 36th)

Bethel Unit­ed 3 (Joki­ah Lea­cock 24th, An­del No­ray 25th, Tee Jay Cadiz 35th) vs RSSR FC 1 (Glen Walk­er 48th)

Sat­ur­day

Di­vi­sion One

Mor­vant Cale­do­nia AIA 1 (John­ny Nor­eiga-Brito 85th) vs Po­lice FC 0

Club San­do FC 1 (Shack­iel Hen­ry 92nd) vs Guaya Unit­ed 0

La Hor­quet­ta Rangers 0 vs De­fence Force 0

Matu­ra Re­Unit­ed vs FC San­ta Rosa, - Did Not Play due to wa­ter­logged field

Di­vi­sion Two

San Fer­nan­do Gi­ants 2 (Ky­ron Williams 22nd, Kerville Je­re­mi­ah 24th) vs Club San­do Up­ris­ing Youths 0

Moru­ga FC 5 (Keion La Bor­de 19th, Kyle Mor­gan 29th, 71st, Nigel John 37th, De­von Moli­no 90th) vs Mara­bel­la Fam­i­ly C.C 1 (Kay­lon Padil­la 70th)

Po­lice FC 2 (Dwayne Gon­za­les 6th, Daniel Warn­er 50th) vs Erin FC 0

UTT 2 (Che Ben­ny 6th, Stevon Stoute 57th) vs De­porti­vo P.F 2 (An­drei Pacheco 27th, Justin Sadoo 36th)

Lat­est As­cen­sion Di­vi­sion Stand­ings

Di­vi­sion One

Teams*P*W*D*L*F*A*Pts
1. Mor­vant Cale­do­nia*5*5*0*0*12*5*15
2. De­fence Force*5*4*1*0*12*1*13
3. Cunu­pia FC*6*3*1*2*11*8*10
4. Club San­do*6*3*0*3*11*8*9
5. San Juan Jabloteh*4*3*0*1*8*5*9
6. San­ta Rosa*5*2*1*2*9*11*7
7. Po­lice FC*5*2*0*3*12*7*6
8. Guaya Unit­ed*5*2*0*3*4*6*6
9. La Horquetta Rangers*2*1*1*0*10*2*4
10. QPCC*5*0*3*2*6*12*3
11. Matu­ra Re­Unit­ed*5*0*1*4*4*25*1
12. Prison Ser­vice*5*0*0*5*5*14*0

Di­vi­sion Two

Teams*P*W*D*L*F*A*Pts
1. De­porti­vo*6*5*1*0*32*4*16
2. San F'do Gi­ants*6*5*1*0*18*1*16
3. UTT*6*3*3*0*16*8*12
4. Po­lice FC*6*4*0*2*8*8*12
5. Moru­ga FC*6*3*1*2*11*6*10
6. Bethel Unit­ed*6*2*2*2*7*8*8
7. RSSR FC*6*2*1*3*5*5*7
8. P.V/D.M*6*2*1*3*6*9*7
9. Up­ris­ing Youths*6*1*2*3*8*14*5
10. Erin FC*6*1*1*4*7*17*4
11. Harlem Strik­ers*6*1*1*4*5*19*4
12. Mara­bel­la*6*0*0*6*4*26*0

Up­com­ing Match­es - Resched­uled

(To­mor­row)

Di­vi­sion One

De­fence Force vs San Juan Jabloteh, Lar­ry Gomes Sta­di­um, Mal­abar, 4 pm

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Morvant Caledonia jump ahead of pack in Ascension.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


MORVANT CALEDONIA AIA jumped ahead of the pack in Division One of the Ascension Invitational Football Tournament on Saturday. Caledonia got an 85th minute winner from Venezuelan attacker Johnny Noreiga-Brito (who moved to the top of the scoring chart with six) to defeat Police (Pro League) 1-0 at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Arima.

Defence Force, the overnight leaders, dropped their first points of the season as they were held to a goalless draw by Terminix La Horquetta Rangers at the La Horquetta Recreation Ground, Arima.

Caledonia now sit top with a perfect 15 points from five games, with Defence Force next with 13 points from five matches.

Shackiel Henry found the back of the net, in the second minute of second half stoppage-time, as Club Sando FC edged Guaya United 1-0 at the Guayaguayare Recreation Ground while the match between struggling Matura ReUnited and FC Santa Rosa was abandoned due to a waterlogged outfield at the Matura Recreation Ground.

Deportivo Point Fortin remained in first place, in Division Two, despite a 2-2 draw against the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) at the UTT O’Meara campus, Arima.

Che Benny put UTT in front after six minutes of play but veteran utility player Andrei Pacheco replied in the 27th with a deflected left-footed freekick, which went past the left of a flat-footed UTT goalkeeper Maenie Denoon.

Another midfielder, Justin Sadoo, netted Point Fortin’s second goal in the 36th minute.

T&T midfielder Judah Garcia whipped in a ball from the right flank towards his captain and team striker Hughtun Hector. The ex-T&T midfielder was unable to control the ball but Sadoo pounced on the loose ball and finished from close range.

Kishun Seecharan and skipper Kevaughn Connell missed glorious opportunities to tie the scores, but substitute Stevon Stoute duly obliged in the 67th – two minutes after replacing Benny.

Stoute was picked out by a delightful diagonal ball from left-back Jesus Perez and he placed his right-footed effort beyond the reach of the advancing keeper Denzil Smith.

UTT muffed a chance to take all three points in the 90th minute when substitute Reinaldo Atwell, was tripped in the penalty box by Ronell Paul saw his penalty saved by Smith.

San Fernando Giants moved level with Point Fortin with 16 points (but with an inferior goal difference) after a 2-0 victory over Club Sando Uprising Youths at the Guapo Recreation Ground, Point Fortin. Kyron Williams (22nd) and Kerville Jeremiah (24th) got their names on the scoresheet for the visitors.

Police (Super League) registered a similar 2-0 victory, over Erin FC, at the Larry Gomes Stadium, courtesy strikes from Dwayne Gonzales (20th) and Daniel Warner (50th).Moruga FC cruised to 5-1 triumph over the lowly Marabella Family Crisis Centre at the Grand Chemin Recreation Ground.

Kyle Morgan (29th and 71st), Keion La Rode (19th), Nigel John (37th) and Devon Molino (90th) were on target for Moruga, with Kaylon Padilla (70th) getting the consolation for Marabella.

Clubs call for Ascension extension.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


Ferguson says organisers ready as…

THERE IS a strong possibility that there will be a second round of matches in the Ascension Invitational Football Tournament, if the proposed T-League (combination of Pro League and Super League) does not materialise.

During an extraordinary general meeting of the TT Super League, clubs called for an extension of the Ascension Tournament, which is set to end at the end of September.

In a letter sent by TT Super League general secretary Peter Thomas to TT Football Association general secretary Camara David, “Based on the lack of information received from the TTFA regarding funding and the start date of the proposed T-League, clubs support the playing of a second round of the Ascension Invitational Tournament 2019.”

Richard Ferguson, a director at Terminix La Horquetta Rangers and the brainchild behind the $2.3 million Ascension tournament, is supportive of the call to continue the competition.

“We had a meeting with the clubs,” said Ferguson yesterday. “About 16-17 clubs agreed to play a second round because, whilst there are promises, the fact is that nothing has been happening. Lots of dates are being thrown out but nothing concrete.

“I want to make it clear that the Ascension League will not play unless it’s governed or sanctioned by the TTFA,” Ferguson continued. “(Also) we will only play if there is no other league. If there is some other football playing or the T League, we will step aside and let them play. If there is no other league, then we will try and fill the void.” Ferguson pointed out, “We are ready and prepared. We have fixtures and so on. We just need the sanction from the TTFA. We’re ready to go.”

T League commission member Brent Sancho bemoaned the lack of financial support, from both the FIFA Forward Programme and Government, towards the proposed unified local football league.

“We are still awaiting the monies from both the FIFA Forward Programme and the (government) subvention,” said Sancho. “Nothing has changed, and nothing will change unless that position (concerning the funding) changes. I don’t know what is expected to be done but that is the current position.” Asked if the T-League has sought corporate sponsorship, Sancho replied, “You can’t write to any corporate entity. We’ve had preliminary discussions but what are you going to write and tell them? We need these two sets of monies to start the League.

“If we have not had any sort of consultation of those monies, nothing could start,” he added. “You need the monies, not only for the clubs, but more importantly the administrative side, the referees, officials, all those other things that you’ll need to run a football league.”

Concerning the call for the Ascension to be continued, Sancho said, “The Pro League has a board meeting on Wednesday and I’m sure all these things would be discussed. I can’t say anything as it relates to the extension. All I’ll say is that I congratulate Mr Ferguson and Ascension for making sure that there was football being played.”

Ferguson is also pleased with the quality of the tournament thus far.

“It’s quite successful,” he said. “The level of football is very high. The public has been engaging (the players) in the community grounds.”