A single item by Ryan Jordan helped Morvant Caledonia United surge to the top of the T&T Pro League following a 1-0 win over San Juan Jabloteh at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo on Friday night.
The game appeared to be heading towards a goalless stalemate when Jordan found the net in the 97th minute to secure maximum points, which sent the Morvant team to seven points overall on the standings.
Caledonia now holds a mere one-point lead over second-placed Defence Force, who defeated Cunupia FC 3-2 on Saturday.
Third-place Police FC, the recent First Citizens Cup winners, were also in winner’s row on Friday night.
In the opening match of a doubleheader at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Balmain, Couva, against Tiger Tank Club Sando, the Lawmen made their intentions known as early as the 13th minute when Keion Wilson fired them ahead.
The southerners later were able to contain their opponents until the 77th minute when Wilson got his team’s second item for a two-goal cushion. However, the Lawmen, known for having the steadiest defence in local football presently, could do nothing when Shaqkeem Joseph found the net in the 93rd minute for a 1-2 result that propelled the Lawmen into third spot on the table on six points, with an inferior goal difference to the Army.
Meanwhile, in the second game in Couva, multiple-times Pro League winners W Connection Football Club were held 1-1 by Central FC for a share of the points.
Connection, known as the Savonetta Boys by their fans, were still attempting to come to terms with the untimely passing of their influential young striker Shahdon Winchester, who was laid to rest the day before the match after his death in an accident two weeks ago.
Still, W Connection managed to take the lead in the encounter from Mickaeel ‘Jem’ Gordon in the 27th minute. They enjoyed that advantage for most of the match until Sean Bonval found the equaliser in the 79th minute for the Central Sharks to deny Connection their first win of the season.
Afterwards, Connection CEO Renee John-Williams said, “We have played two games and have drawn them both. The season is a short one and while we cannot afford to drop points on any game, I am confident that we can find ourselves back to winning ways soon. We are in a rebuilding phase and we have a relatively young team, sprinkled with experienced ones. We like to win but we are patient and confident in the capabilities of our young charges.”
In another game at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, AC Port-of-Spain sealed fifth position on the standings despite a 1-1 tie with Point Fortin Civic. The Port-of-Spain men, who were previously North East Stars, went ahead in the 21st minute via John-Paul Rochford, before Ronell Paul found the equaliser in the 56th minute for a share of the points.
Meanwhile, in a lone contest at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Arima yesterday, Defence Force moved to second by defeating Cunupia FC 3-2.
Army’s influential striker Devorn Jorsling began a see-saw affair by handing his team the lead in the 28th.
But Rafael Marstre put Cunupia back on level terms with a 35th minute item and Dwane James pushed the central men in front for the first time in the match in the 65th minute.
However, two unanswered goals in the 82nd and 87th sealed the win for the Army Coast-Guard Combination team.
AC PoS 1 (John-Paul Rochford 21st) v PT FORTIN CIVIC 1 (Ronell Paul 56th)
MORVANT CALEDONIA AIA 1 (Ryan Jordan 97th) v SAN JUAN JABLOTEH 0
POLICE FC 2 (Keion Wilson 13th, 77th) v CLUB SANDO 1 (Shaqkeem Joseph 93rd)
W CONNECTION 1 (Michael Gem Gordon 27th) v CENTRAL FC 1 (Sean Bonval 79th)
DEFENCE FORCE 3 (Devorn Jorsling 28th, Jerwyn Balthazar 82nd, Hashim Arcia 87th) v CUNUPIA FC 2 (Rafael Marstre 35th, Dwane James 65th)
4 - Keion Wilson (Police FC)
2 - Rashad Hyacenth (AC PoS), Aaron Richards (Morvant Caledonia), Kishun Seecharan (La Horquetta Rangers), John-Paul Rochford (AC PoS).
1 - Isaiah Lee (La Horquetta Rangers), Micah Lansiquot (San Juan Jabloteh), Keron Cummings (La Horquetta Rangers), Kordell Samuel (AC PoS), Jervic Mc Farlane (Morvant Caledonia)
Current T&T Pro League standings:
1. Morvant Caledonia*3*2*1*0*4*2*7
2. Defence Force FC*2*2*0*0*5*3*2*6
3. Police FC*3*2*0*1*5*3*6
4. Club Sando*3*1*1*1*3*3*4
5. AC Port-of-Spain*3*1*1*1*6*10*4
6. LH Rangers*2*1*0*1*8*4*3
7. Defence Force FC*1*1*0*0*2*1*3
8. San Juan Jabloteh*3*1*0*2*1*2*3
9. W Connection*2*0*2*0*2*2*2
10. Cunupia FC*2*0*1*1*1*3*1
11. Pt Fortin Civic*1*0*1*0*1*1*1
12. Central FC *3*0*1*2*3*5*1
SOURCE: T&T Guardian