Ancil George made a last-minute break-away to secure Tobago United’s first point in the 2005 T&T Professional Football League’s Senior Division.
The Tobagonians battled to a 3-3 draw with National Quarries North East Stars at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago, on Saturday night.
NE Stars, the defending champions, seemed set for a huge win after taking a 3-0 lead, but the Tobagonians struck back with three goals, the last coming in the final minute, to get their first point from eight matches.
Anton Wolfe opened the scoring for Stars in the 23rd minute off a free-kick while Carey Harris made it 2-0, two minutes before half-time.
Three minutes into the second-half, the match seemed all but over when Harris fired in his second goal of the match—the team’s third.
But the Tobago United players were not to be denied and started their recovery in the 58th minute through Ashford Leggerton.
Noel Williams, the top scorer in the Under-20 last year, rattled the nerves of the Stars when he banged in the Tobagonians’ second goal in the 76th minute.
With the final seconds ticking away, George found himself on a break-away and with only Stars goalkeeper Trevor Nottingham to beat, he coolly slotted the ball into the net to salvage the 3-3 draw for his club.
Earlier on Saturday, CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh got a 69th-minute winner from Josh Johnson to beat previously-unbeaten VIBE CT 105 W Connection 1-0 at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar, Arima. The Jabloteh team now has 14 points from eight matches—the same number as Defence Force—while W Connection, winners of their previous seven league matches, remain with 21 points.
At the Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella, Kevon Carter scored with one minute left to give Defence Force an entertaining 3-2 win over United Petrotrin.
The match started one hour and half late, but it did not seem to bother Defence Force who took a second-minute lead through Anton Joseph.
Ronald Boyce doubled the lead before Kevlin Hernandez pulled a goal back for the “Oilmen” in the 31st minute.
Brent Garcia drew Petrotrin level in the 77th minute, but with only one minute remaining, Carter, a former national youth team player, fired home the winner to the delight of his team-mates who were coming off a 7-0 drubbing by CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh in the previous round.