The dominance of the Defence Force team in the T&T Pro League continued on Friday night when they edged struggling W Connection 1-0 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo to maintain their top position on the standings.
The goal came from a 33rd-minute strike by Jelani Felix and moved the Army Coast-Guard Combination unit to 12 points, a mere two-point advantage over second-placed Police FC, who were also victorious on Friday after thrashing Point Fortin Civic Centre 3-1 in the opening match of a doubleheader at the Stadium.
The Point Fortin men, who are still to record their first win of the season, felt they were on their way to breaking that jinx when Kervile Jeremiah fired them in front after only four minutes.
They then held out for the next nine minutes before the Lawmen broke their resistance.
Kareem De Freitas found the equalising goal in the 13th minute and after a period of sustained pressure, the Lawmen went 2-1 ahead from Keion Wilson’s 63rd-minute item, effectively putting Police in the driver’s seat.
The win, however, was sealed when De Freitas added his second goal of the match in the 81st minute.
At the La Horquetta Recreation Ground, Keron Cummings scored a double as home team Terminix La Horquetta Rangers demolished San Juan Jabloteh 6-0 to move to fourth on the chart.
Cummings, who has been lobbying for a return to the national team, may just have caught the attention of new national coach Terry Fenwick with his goals in the second and 24th minutes.
The Jabloteh men, known for having difficulties when playing in La Horquetta, were a shadow of themselves as they conceded goals at will.
Samuel Delice made it 3-0 with his goal in the 45th minute, while Tyrone Charles (57th), Kishon Hackshaw (60th) and Jamal Creighton (70th) sealed the win to take their team to six points after four matches.
And in the opening encounter at the same venue, Central FC got a goal on each side of the half from Che Benny (7th) and Shakiel Henry (29th) to dispose of Tiger Tanks Club Sando 2-1.
With the win, the Central FC men secured the sixth position on the standings with five points.
Meanwhile, in a lone encounter at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar, Arima, on Saturday, Morvant Caledonia and Cunupia FC played to a 1-1 draw.
The Central men opened the scoring in the 46th minute from Hakeem Legall but with the game heading to its end, Raphael Joseph snatched the equaliser in the 80th for a share of the points.
CENTRAL FC 2 (Che Benny 7th, Shakiel Henry 29th) v CLUB SANDO 1 (Shaqkeem Joseph 43rd)
LA HORQUETTA RANGERS 6 (Keron Cummings 2nd & 24th, Samuel Delice 45th, Tyrone Charles 57th, Kishon Hackshaw 60th, Jamal Creighton 70th) v SAN JUAN JABLOTEH 0
POLICE FC 3 (Kareem De Freitas 13th & 81st, Keion Wilson 63rd) v POINT FORTIN CIVIC 1 (Kervile Jeremiah 4th)
DEFENCE FORCE 1 (Jelani Felix 33rd) v W CONNECTION 0
Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Defence Force FC 4 4 0 0 7 3 4 12
2 Police FC 5 3 1 1 8 4 4 10
3 Morvant Caledonia United 4 2 2 0 4 2 2 8
4 Terminix La Horquetta Rangers 4 2 0 2 15 7 8 6
5 W Connection 4 1 2 1 5 4 1 5
6 Central FC 5 1 2 2 5 6 -1 5
7 Club Sando 5 1 2 2 4 5 -1 5
8 AC Port of Spain 4 1 1 2 6 11 -5 4
9 San Juan Jabloteh 5 1 1 3 1 8 -7 4
10 Point Fortin Civic 3 0 2 1 2 4 -2 2
11 Cunupia FC 3 0 1 2 3 6 -3 1