Joshua Alexander and Jevick Mac Farlane scored late for Morvant Caledonia United to end a four-match winless streak and achieve a 2-0 victory over Terminix La Horquetta Rangers, that moved them into second spot on the 11-team T&T Pro League standing on Tuesday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.
The teams went into the encounter level on 10 points, with a chance to secure the runner-up position, but at the end of the first 45 minutes, the teams were locked at 0-0 as their defenders stood firm in the face of attacks from their opponents. However, with six minutes left in the contest, Alexander put Caledonia ahead, before Mac Farlane added the insurance item in the 92nd minute to push the club to 13 points into second, but from two matches more than leaders Defence Force (14 points) who had no match schedule, while Rangers slipped to fifth.
The win was the first for Morvant Caledonia team since their 1-0 win over San Juan Jabloteh on January 3, and will no doubt serve as a confidence booster for first-time coach and former national captain Densill "Bleeder" Theobald whose next assignment is a top-of-the clash with the "Teteron Men" (Defence Force) on Saturday at Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.
Earlier, at Mucurapo, in the opening match, San Juan Jabloteh found their scoring touch in a 5-2 come-from-behind thumping of AC Port-of-Spain.
Former national Under-20 captain Jean-Luc Rochford pushed AC Port-of-Spain ahead as early as the fourth minute, but the national youth team duo of Justin Araujo-Wilson and Micah Lansiquot hit back with strikes in the 14th and 15th minutes respectively to put Jabloteh ahead 2-1.
AC Port-of-Spain then added to their woes when La Shawn Roberts turned the ball into his net and his team was trailing 3-1 at the half-time interval.
Eight minutes into the second-half, Jabloteh put the result beyond doubt, thanks to Renaldo Francois. However, AC Port-of-Spain had other ideas and got a second goal back through Sedale Mc Lean to keep the match alive.
But their faint hopes of mounting a comeback quickly faded when Shakiyl Phillip netted a fifth item for Jabloteh, a penalty, five minutes from the final whistle to hand coach Keith Jeffreys his second win of the season from seven matches.
At the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, defending champions W Connection continued their march up the table with a 2-0 win over cellar-placed Cunupia FC with goals from Kurt Frederick in the 18th minute, and Isaiah Hudson, in the 61st minute.
In the other match, Point Fortin Civic celebrated playing their first match at their Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin home this season with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over former three-time champions Central FC.
Nippy striker Che Benny silenced the Point Fortin crowd when he put the visitors ahead in the 17th minute, but within four minutes Kervile Jeremiah drew Civic level before Shakuile Williams netted the game-winner in the 35th minute.
Caledonia, Jabloteh win to climb Pro League table.
By Sherdon Pierre (Newsday).
MORVANT/CALEDONIA United climbed to second on the standings, of the TT Pro League, after scoring two late second-half goals to defeat Terminix La Horquetta Rangers 2-0, on Tuesday, at the Hasley Crawford Stadium.
Unfortunately, there wasn't much action in the first 45 minutes of the encounter. During that time, Rangers were reduced to 10 men after Isaiah Lee was sent marching midway through the first period for dissent.
In the second half, Rangers skipper Jamal Creighton threw away the best chance of the game for his team in the 55th minute. The play started with substitute Keron Cummins who slipped a pass to their best player on the night Aikim Andrews but his shot was saved by Caledonia's goalkeeper Katibi Kolapo. Creighton then shot on the rebound but it went over bar.
Moments later, Caledonia left back, Richard Williams was on the end of a series of slick passing from his team but his shot went inches wide. But, Caledonia’s Joshua Alexander scored with five minutes to go in the game deflating the hopes of Rangers. Then, substitute Jevick McFarlane sealed the two-nil victory in injury time.
San Juan Jabloteh scored a handful of goals past Athletic Club Port of Spain to win 5-2 at the same venue. AC's Jean-Luc Rochford scored the early goal from a well-taken free kick on top the box in the fourth minute. Jabloteh replied in virtually their first attack of the game as teenager Justin Araujo Wilson scored from an acute angle, shooting it between the diving goalkeeper Javon Sample in the 14th minute. A minute later, Jabloteh took the 2-1 lead when Wilson turned provider as he slipped a ball across the goal for an easy tap in goal for Micah Lansiquot.
Jabloteh extended their lead further in the 39th when Brandon Semper shot was deflected of AC's defender La Shawn Roberts for the own goal to end the first half with a 3-1 advantage.
In minute 55, Shakiyl Phillip sped down the flank on the counter attack and his accurate pass was trapped by Renaldo Francois on his right foot. Francois buried a shot with his left foot for the 4-1 lead.
The Port of Spain club pulled a goal back twenty minutes before time through a Sedale Mclean shot that came off the inside of the post and sneaked in to cut the lead to 4-2. Jabloteh restored their three-goal cushion when Jair Edwards' weaving run earned his team a penalty. Phillip, who was deserving of a goal, stepped up and sent goalie Sample the other way for the 5-2 lead. AC had a perfect chance to trim the lead but Jabloteh's goalie Christopher Bigette made a great save low to his left to deny Rashas Hyacenth a goal from the penalty spot. The 5-2 victory has propelled Jabloteh to eight points.
W Connection picked up their third victory in the campaign to move into third spot after a two-nil victory over nine-men Cunupia FC, at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva. Connection got goals from St. Lucian left back Kurt Fredericks in the 18th and Isaiah Hudson in the 61st minute.
(Teams- by Wired868)
San Juan Jabloteh (4-2-3-1): 30.Christopher Bigette (GK); 13.Keshawn Hutchinson, 20.Shakiyl Phillip, 12.Sévère Verilus, 16.Brandon Semper; 4.Nical Stephens (captain), 11.Micah Lansiquot; 23.Tyrese Bailey, 10.Renaldo Francois, 17.Nickell Orr (18.Jair Edwards 50); 25.Justin Araujo-Wilson (27.Jaheim Faustin 68).
Unused substitutes: 35.Jesse Peters (GK), 2.Kerdell Sween, 8.Dellon Jaggasar, 15.Kadeem Hutchinson, 22.Jercole Pierre.
Coach: Keith Jeffrey
AC Port of Spain (4-4-2): 26.Javon Sample (GK); 2.La Shawn Roberts, 4.Brendon Creed, 17.Kyle Sylvester, 24.Rakim Cabie; 13.Shem Clauzel (27.Dominic Douglas 46), 12.Jean-Luc Rochford, 28.Sowande Prieto (19.Rivaldo Coryat 46), 7.Sedale McLean; 9.Rashad Hyacenth, 18.Kordell Samuel.
Unused substitutes: 31.Kwame Farrell (GK), 3.Osei Charles, 11.Kyle Bartholomew, 14.Andel Noray, 22.Darian Parks.
Coach: Walt Noriega
Referee: Nikolai Nyron
Wired868 Man of the Match: Shakiyl Phillip (San Juan Jabloteh)
(Tuesday 21 January)
San Juan Jabloteh 5 (Justin Araujo-Wilson 14, Micah Lansiquot 15, Renaldo Francois 53, Shakiyl Phillip 85-Pen, La Shawn Roberts 39 Own-Goal) v AC Port of Spain 2 (Jean-Luc Rochford 4, Sedale Mc Lean 71), 6pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium;
Morvant Caledonia United 2 (Joshua Alexander 84, Jevick MacFarlane 90+2) v La Horquetta Rangers 0, 8pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium;
Cunupia FC 0 v W Connection 2 (Kurt Frederick 18, Isaiah Hudson 61), 7pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
Point Fortin Civic 2 (Kerville Jeremiah 22, Shakuile Williams 35) v Central FC 1 (Ché Benny 17), 7pm, Mahaica Oval.
Teams P W D L GF GA GD Points
1 Defence Force FC 6 4 2 0 8 4 4 14
2 Morvant Caledonia United 8 3 4 1 9 6 +3 13
3 W Connection 6 3 2 1 11 4 +7 11
4 Police FC 7 3 2 2 9 6 +3 11
5 Terminix La Horquetta Rangers 7 3 1 3 18 11 +7 10
6 Point Fortin Civic 6 2 3 1 8 6 +2 9
7 Central FC 8 2 3 3 8 9 -1 9
8 San Juan Jabloteh 7 2 2 3 7 11 -4 8
9 AC Port of Spain 7 2 1 4 9 20 -11 7
10 Tiger Tanks Club Sando 7 1 3 3 5 9 -4 6
11 Cunupia FC 7 0 3 4 4 10 -6 3
6 - Keion Wilson (Police FC);
5 - Kervile Jeremiah (Pt Fortin Civic);
4 - Keron Cummings (La Horquetta Rangers), Rashad Hyacenth (AC PoS);
3 - Shaqkeem Joseph (Club Sando), Sean Bonval (Central FC), Aaron Richards (Morvant Caledonia), Jamal Creighton (La Horquetta Rangers).
(Wednesday 22 January)
Club Sando v Defence Force, 7pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.
Police FC - Bye
(Friday 24 January)
W Connection v San Juan Jabloteh, 6pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
Police FC v AC Port of Spain, 6pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium;
Point Fortin Civic v Cunupia FC, 7pm, Machica Oval;
(Saturday 25 January)
Central FC v La Horquetta Rangers, 3:30pm, Larry Gomes Stadium;
Defence Force v Morvant Caledonia United, 4pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.
Club Sando - Bye