Elton John has been named as the inaugural Central FC Man of the Match for the game versus Defence Force.
John, the Sharks Supporters Player of the Year for 2013/14, collected the award after helping Central FC to a 1 - 1 draw against the Army Men.
On a rainy afternoon at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, the Sharks stole the lead in the 14th minute with Sean De Silva finishing a one on one chance into the bottom corner. It didn't take long for Defence Force to respond however, with Akeem Roach pouncing on a defensive mistake to score at the near post in the 19th minute.
The game swung from end to end on a slick surface. Central FC started the brighter of the two teams but Defence Force grew in confidence with their equalizer and dominated the midfield for the remainder of the first half. The second half saw the Sharks muster some excellent scoring opportunities to find the lead, but Sheldon Clarke in the Army goal was immense. He produced a string of right handed saves to deny Carr and then Guerra from a free-kick.
It was a hard fought match with many players having inconsistent showings. Elton John, though, never shirked his responsibilities. Playing in a defensive midfield position, he snuffed out many of the Defence Force attacks while starting our counter attacks with his trademark accurate long passes. There were spells when Defence Force seemed almost destined to score, but John ensured that he was in the right place at the right time.
"It's a lot tougher than when the seasoned started. The pressure is on us because everyone wants to beat Central FC.....We just have to stay mentally tough and physically fit" said John in his post match comments.
The pressure is certainly on the team as we enter what is referred to as the business end of the season. Central FC now sit three points clear on top of the Digicel TT Pro League table, with three games remaining and will hope for a return to winning ways after the international break.
The Central FC Man of the Match awards will be presented at each match for the remainder of the season. These awards are sponsored by Toppers Restaurant & Bar and Anthony P Scott & Co Ltd and the recipient will be selected by a panel after the match. The panel includes the Central FC Communications Officer, a member of the Central FC coaching staff, a Central FC supporter and a member of the general media.