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Chris­t­ian Thomas fired in the lone goal as Po­lice FC strength­ened their claim for a spot in this year’s First Cit­i­zens Cup semi­fi­nals with a 1-0 tri­umph over record eight-time win­ners W Con­nec­tion at the Diego Mar­tin Sport­ing Com­plex, Bagatelle, Diego Mar­tin, on Fri­day night.

Thomas got the de­ci­sive item in the 39th minute to car­ry the Law­men to ten points from their five match­es in the six-club Aber­crom­bie Group, two be­hind the al­ready qual­i­fied Ter­minix La Hor­quet­ta Rangers, who faced Cen­tral FC in their fi­nal round-robin match last night at the Ato Boldon Sta­di­um in Cou­va.

To qual­i­fy for the semi­fi­nals ahead of Po­lice, the Cou­va Sharks, as Cen­tral FC are more pop­u­lar­ly known to their fans, need­ed a win by five clear goals over Rangers. With the de­feat, W Con­nec­tion end­ed with four points and are out of the ti­tle race now un­able to add to their string of ti­tles in the com­pe­ti­tion, the last of which came in 2017.

De­fence Force al­so have four points from four match­es ahead of their fi­nal match against point­less Pt Fortin Civic on Mon­day at the Hase­ly Craw­ford Sta­di­um, Mu­cu­rapo, with both teams out of con­tention as well.

In the open­ing match on Fri­day, Ko­rdell Samuel and Ri­val­do Cory­at were both on tar­get to lead AC Port-of-Spain to a come-from-be­hind 2-1 win against 1976 FC To­ba­go Phoenix in the Im­mortelle Group.

Levi Trim had giv­en To­ba­go Phoenix a fourth-minute lead on­ly for Samuel (40th) and Cory­at (82nd) to hit back as AC Port-of-Spain took all three points to go third on the ta­ble with sev­en points from their five match­es, one be­hind Cunu­pia FC and Tiger Tanks Club San­do.

Third-placed Jabloteh with five points are the on­ly team who can de­ny ei­ther Cunu­pia or Club San­do their places in the semi­fi­nal, but must beat Mor­vant Cale­do­nia AIA in their fi­nal match by a com­fort­able mar­gin and hope ei­ther Cunu­pia or Club San­do win when they face off on Mon­day in the sec­ond match at Mu­cu­rapo from 8 pm.

Scores:

Fri­day

AC PORT-OF-SPAIN 2 (Ko­rdell Samuel 40th, Ri­val­do Cory­at 82nd) v 1976 FC TO­BA­GO PHOENIX 1 (Levi Trim 4th)

PO­LICE FC 1 (Chris­t­ian Thomas 39th) v W CON­NEC­TION FC 0

Up­com­ing match­es:

(No­vem­ber 25)

Venue: Hase­ly Craw­ford Sta­di­um, Mu­cu­rapo

De­fence Force v Pt Fortin Civic, 6 pm

Cunu­pia FC v Tiger Tank Club San­do, 8 pm