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Defence Force Brent Sam, left, hits a shot at goal during the TT Pro League match between Defence Force and Police FC at Ato Boldon Stadium in Balmain, Couva on Sunday. Sam scored two goals to see Defence Force FC get passed Police FC 4-1.  Daniel Prentice/CA-images

For­mer na­tion­al youth play­er Brent Sam scored ear­ly in each half as De­fence Force whipped Po­lice FC 4-1 to close in on a record 19th na­tion­al league ti­tle when the 2019/2020 T&T Pro League con­tin­ued on Sun­day night.

Play­ing in the sec­ond match of a dou­ble-head­er on a very hot and hu­mid evening at the Ato Boldon Sta­di­um, Cou­va, the Army/Coast Guard com­bi­na­tion, which last won the Pro League crown in the 2012/2013 sea­son their third in the com­pe­ti­tion's 20-year his­to­ry went ahead as ear­ly as the third minute via Aaron Lester.

The Law­men who have al­ready claimed the First Cit­i­zens Cup so far this sea­son hard­ly had time to try and re­cov­er from the ear­ly set­back when Sam, the youngest broth­er of ex-Eng­land-based T&T strik­er Hec­tor Sam made it 2-0 in the fourth minute.

Nine min­utes be­fore the half-time the ram­pant De­fence Force line-up boast­ing their next gen­er­a­tion of strik­ers as vet­er­an De­vorn Jorsling, the league's all-time lead­ing scor­er with 155-plus goals edges to­wards the end of his ca­reer, vir­tu­al­ly put the match to rest when Dwight Quin­tero made it 3-0.

On the re­sump­tion, Po­lice FC need­ed to score the next goal in the match if they har­boured any hopes of mount­ing a come-back and Eli­jah Bel­grave pro­vid­ed that hope by scor­ing in the 56th minute.

But, that joy was short-lived as with­in three min­utes when Sam fired in his sec­ond on the night and De­fence Force's fourth.

With the com­fort­able lead, De­fence Force then coast­ed the rest of the half to push their points tal­ly to 41 from 16 match­es, nine more than sec­ond-placed Ter­minix La Hor­quet­ta Rangers who have to 32 points from 16 match­es.

This af­ter na­tion­al winger Ross Rus­sell Jr net­ted the 82nd-minute item to earn Rangers a 1-0 win over Tiger Tanks Club San­do at the Lar­ry Gomes Sta­di­um, Mal­abar.

With four match­es left each for the top two clubs, De­fence Force needs on­ly to win two of their match­es to add to their ti­tle tri­umphs or for Rangers to fal­ter in two match­es as well.

In Sun­day's first match at Cou­va, for­mer St An­tho­ny's Col­lege Sec­ondary Schools Foot­ball League stand-outs, Cen­tral FC's Che Paul Ben­ny (40th) and Cunu­pia FC's Xavier Ra­j­paul (54th), both scored from their penal­ty-spot in their team's 1-1 draw.

Full Results

Saturday March 7

Point Fortin Civic 1 (Tyrel Emmanuel 41) v Morvant Caledonia United 0, 6pm, Mahaica Oval

Sunday March 8

Club Sando 0 v La Horquetta Rangers 1 (Ross Russell Jr, 82), 3:30pm, Larry Gomes Stadium

Central FC 1 (Ché Raul Benny 40-Pen) v Cunupia FC 1 (Xavier Rajpaul 54-Pen), 4pm, Ato Boldon Sta­di­um

Defence Force 4 (Aaron Lester 3, Brent Sam 4, 59, Dwight Quintero 36) v Police FC 1 (Elijah Belgrave 56), 6pm, Ato Boldon Sta­di­um

Lat­est Team Stand­ings

P  W  D  L  F  A  GD  Pts
1  Defence Force FC 16 13 2 1 31 13 +18 41
2  La Horquetta Rangers 16 10 2 4 44 18 +26 32
3  Point Fortin Civic 16 7 4 5 21 22 -1 25
4  W Connection 15 7 3 5 25 20 +5 24
5  Morvant Caledonia United 16 6 6 4 20 19 +1 24
6  Police FC 17 6 5 6 29 22 +7 23
7  Club Sando 17 5 5 7 24 21 +3 20
8  San Juan Jabloteh 16 4 4 8 20 31 -11 16
9  Central FC 17 3 5 9 17 30 -13 14
10  AC Port of Spain 16 3 4 9 18 37 -19 13
11  Cunupia FC 16 2 6 8 14 30 -16 12

Upcoming Matches.

Tuesday March 10

AC Port of Spain v San Juan Jabloteh, 6pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium

Wednesday March 11

Central FC v Point Fortin Civic, 6pm, La Horquetta Recreational Ground

La Horquetta Rangers v Morvant Caledonia United, 8pm, La Horquetta Recreational Ground

W Connection v Cunupia FC, 6pm, Ato Boldon Sta­di­um

Defence Force v Club Sando, 6pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium