Opportunities for Caledonia
Caledonia AIA of Morvant Laventille could be the new League leaders next Friday when the take on W Connection at the Marvin Lee Stadium in Round One Match Day Ten.
Caledonia were 1-0 winners against United Petrotrin on Tuesday down at the Palo Seco Recreation Ground and are now with 19 points and a match in hand, one point less than current leaders San Juan Jabloteh.
A victory against W Connection on Super Friday will put the Morvant Laventille two points over San Juan Jabloteh who are on a bye in the next match day or even a draw will put the Jamaal Shabazz coached side ahead with the better goals difference.
Connection finished 1-1 against Ma Pau SC while Keyon Edwards’ 67th minute item secured maximum points for the Morvant Laventille based squad this week against the Oilmen.
Edwards is now with 11 goals in the League and has been Caledonia's saviour this season boosting the 2008 FA Trophy and Courts Pro Bowl winners' chances of the 2009 League title.
In other results Marcus Joseph registered a double, netting in the 42nd and 46th minutes, to hand FC SouthEnd a 2-0 victory against St Ann’s Rangers and Tobago United and Defence Force played to a goalless draw.
And at the Marvin Lee Stadium Joe Public ended San Juan Jabloteh’s unbeaten League run with a 4-0 win with former Jabloteh player Kerry Baptiste registering a double and Ma Pau SC shocked W Connection with a 1-1 draw.
Joe Public end Jabloteh’s unbeaten League run.
Kerry Baptiste registered a double on Tuesday night at the Marvin Lee Stadium in Joe Public’s 4-0 mauling League leaders San Juan Jabloteh putting a end the Earl Jean coached side unbeaten run in the Digicel Pro League.
Hayden Tinto and Tiba McKnight were the other players to get on the scoresheet in the second match of a Round One Match Day Nine double header at the Marvin Lee Stadium.
Joe Public opened the scoring in the 19th minute after Hayden Tinto dispossessed Lester Peltier before finding Kerry Baptiste inside the area and the ace finisher made no mistake slotting the ball past Cleon John for a 1-0 advantage.
And Tinto made it 2-0 three minutes later picking up on a defensive lapse to shoot through an onrushing Cleon John giving the Lions comfort.
Coach Earl Jean’s problems tripled just before the half hour mark when he had to replace injured Jason Marcano with Hector Sam.
Later on Baptiste miscued inside the Jabloteh penalty area in what should have been his second item of the match after picking up an errant header by defender Karlon Murray.
Jabloteh’s only real attempt on goal of the half ended in a weak header on goal by Marvin Oliver after a long pass forward by Elton John in the 42nd minute.
Following the break Joe Public added another goal in the 53rd minute when McKnight got onto the scoresheet with a neat finish into Cleon John’s far netting for a 3-0 comfort.
And in the 58th minute Jabloteh’s chances of a comeback were buried when referee Ishmael Mohammed awarded the Lions a penalty to the surprise of the fans after Micah Lewis went to ground under an Elton John challenge.
Kerry Baptiste took the penalty with confidence beating John and wrapped up the scoring 4-0 and his personal tally to 12 goals in the League.
Jabloteh looked dismantled with little chances to applaud.
Lester Peltier mustered up a shot on goal from distance ten minutes from time but that was comfortably gathered by Alejandro Figueroa.
And two minutes later substitute Cyrano Glen entirely missed Kevaughn Connell’s low cross at far post in what should have given Jabloteh a goal.
Joe Public were reduced to ten-men in the 89th minute when Carlyle Mitchell received his second yellow of the match after bringing down Cyrano Glen just outside his area.
Jabloteh had one last attempt to salvage a goal but were inches off when defender Sheldon Bateau unleashed a shot from distance which missed Figueroa’s crossbar.
Despite the embarrassing defeat Jabloteh remain at the top of the standings but stand to lose that position on Friday if Caledonia AIA could register a victory or even a draw against W Connection.
Caledonia are one point less than Jabloteh’s 20 points but hold a much better goals difference.
Meantime Joe Public have maintained their third position with a boosted 15 points and will face Tobago United in their next match.
Joe Public—Alejandro Figueroa, Kerry Baptiste (capt), Carlyle Mitchell (Yellow+Yellow), Keyeno Thomas, Seon Power, Marvin Manswell, Teba McKnight (Conrad Smith 70th) (Yellow), Devon Leacock (Jean-Luc Rochford 79th), Akeil Guevara, Hayden Tinto, Micah Lewis (Kareem Young 86th).
San Juan Jabloteh—Cleon John, Marvin Oliver (capt), Jason Marcano (Hector Sam 28th), Sheldon Bateau, Karlon Murray, Elijah Manners (Cyrano Glen 62nd), Elton John, Robert Primus, Lester Peltier, Ataullah Guerra, Devon Jamerson (Kevaughn Connell 62nd).
Connection held by Ma Pau.
Ma Pau SC maintained their fourth position on the Digicel Pro League standings after Match Day Nine thanks to a second half penalty strike by Anthony Wolfe against W Connection.
Wolfe, a second half substitute registered the important item in the 61st minute which levelled the scores 1-1 after Hughtun Hector had Connection at a one goal advantage in the first half.
Ma Pau are with 13 points and will face Police FC in Match Day Ten on Saturday while W Connection remain sixth with 12 points.
Connection will face second positioned Caledonia AIA of Morvant Laventille in this coming Super Friday and will definitely need better finishing than against Ma Pau.
Ma Pau started aggressively with Lyndon Andrews showing leadership in midfield but were outplayed numerous times by the visiting southerners.
Goalkeeper Gefferson George showed good reflex in the 13th minute to gather Jonathon Frias’ pass inside the area which Andre Toussaint failed to connect fully—this was five minutes after George made a gather denying Hector from a freekick.
However George failed to keep out another Hughtun Hector freekick in the 17th minute from 23 yards out which clipped the crossbar before bouncing into the goal as Connection celebrated a 1-0 advantage.
W Connection stepped up the pressure and were close to doubling their advantage two minutes later when Igor Santos missed out on Toussaint’s low cross at far post.
Connection survived a shout for penalty when Kevin Molineau dribbling his way past Stuart Charles Fevrier’s defence but went down inside the area under Elijah Joseph’s challenge in the 23rd minute.
On the half hour mark Igor Santos pulled out a brilliant save by George when he blasted an effort from above the area after meeting Jonathon Frias’ pass on the right.
And three minutes later Frias spilled overbar after hooking a shot from just inside the area as Ma Pau showed more and more signs of weakness at the back with Aquil Selby and Akeem Benjamin.
In the 36th minute Andre Toussaint and Frias teamed up for a brilliant play dismantling the Ma Pau defence and goalkeeper George however Toussaint attempt to nestle the ball inside the far post was inches off, as the heavy turnout of Ma Pau supporters
George coming out of retirement this season was brilliant again in the 38th minute denying Frias when he his body behind the Dominican Republic striker’s blast from inside the area.
Three minutes from the half Ma Pau’s Selby had a decent go at goal from a 19 yard set piece in which Miguel Lloyd measured brilliantly punching it out after Lyndon Andrews was tripped outside the edge of the area by Gerrard Williams creating the ‘casino boys’ opportunity.
And seconds before the halftime whistle Lloyd was brilliant against pushing wide from another Ma Pau set piece taken by Andrews.
In the second period coach Michael Mc Comie opted for a stronger attack adding Anthony Wolfe and Shandell Samuel in attack and that restored life in the ‘casino boys’.
Ma Pau then levelled the scores 1-1 in the 61st minute through an Anthony Wolfe taken penalty after referee Rashby Mc Phie pointed to the penalty spot for what seemed to be a handball by defender Renato Pereira off Lyndon Andrews’ corner in the 59th minute.
The second half was a bit even with both Ma Pau and Connection creating spurs of chances but it was surely Connection who remained with the sad faces after missing numerous first half chances.
Connection also had the last effort of the match which Toussaint chipped just wide of George’s upright in injury time.
Ma Pau SC—Gefferson George, Lyndon Andrews (capt), Sayid Freitas, Kevin Molino, Aquil Selby (Anthony Wolfe 46th), Curtis Gonzales, Rennie Britto, Mikeil Williams, Dwaine James (Shandell Samuel 55th), Akeem Benjamin, Trevin Caesar.
W Connection—Miguel Lloyd, Elijah Joseph (capt) (Yellow), Willian Da Silva Oliveira (Yellow) (Kemuel Rivers 46th), Renato Pereria (Yellow), Kern Cupid, Jonathan Frias, Andre Toussaint, Kelvin Modeste (Yellow) (Christian Viveros 61th) (Yellow), Hughtun Hector, Igor Santos (Andrei Pacheco 72nd), Gerrard Williams.
Coach—Stuart Charles Fevrier.