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Photo: Defence Force attacker Adrian Welch (centre) is mobbed by teammates after his decisive goal in a 1-0 win over W Connection at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 1 March 2020. (Copyright Daniel Prentice/Wired868)
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Adri­an Welch got the lone goal as three-time T&T Pro League cham­pi­ons De­fence Force re­mained on course for a first league crown since 2012-2013 af­ter edg­ing W Con­nec­tion 1-0 in the open­ing match of a dou­ble-head­er at the Ato Boldon Sta­di­um, Cou­va on Sun­day.

Fol­low­ing a goal­less first-half, Welch net­ted the game's lone item in the 59th to se­cure all three points for the Army/Coast-Guard com­bi­na­tion to move to 35 points from 14 match­es, nine clear of Ter­minix La Hor­quet­ta Rangers with both teams hav­ing six match­es each left to play.

Third-placed Po­lice FC has 23 points from 15 match­es, two more than the trio of six-time league cham­pi­ons W Con­nec­tion, Mor­vant Cale­do­nia Unit­ed and Pt Fortin Civic, who have all played 14 match­es as well.

In the night's sec­ond match-up, Tiger Tanks Club San­do got a goal each from Shaq­keem Joseph and for­mer US-based na­tion­al strik­er, Trevin Cae­sar to blank three-time league win­ners Cen­tral FC 2-0.

Joseph got the open­ing item in the 32nd minute and 20 min­utes from full-time Cae­sar, who last played in Al­ba­nia with SC Gji­lani fired in the in­sur­ance item.

Tonight, (Tues­day, March 3), La Hor­quet­ta Rangers will have a chance to trim De­fence Force back to six points when they en­ter­tain third-placed Po­lice FC from 7 pm at the La Hor­quet­ta Recre­ation Ground, Phase II, La Hor­quet­ta while Cunu­pia FC and AC Port-of-Spain, the two bot­tom-placed clubs meet at Cou­va from 7 pm as well.

And to­mor­row (Wednes­day, March 4), De­fence Force plays Jabloteh at Cou­va from 6 pm fol­lowed by Mor­vant Cale­do­nia and Cen­tral FC at the same venue two hours lat­er, while Point Fortin Civic hosts Club San­do at Ma­haica Oval.

Full Results

Sunday March 1st

W Connection 0 v Defence Force 1 (Arian Welch 59), 4pm, Ato Boldon Stadium

Club Sando 2 (Shaqkeem Joseph 32, Trevin Caesar 70) v Central FC 0, 6pm, Ato Boldon Stadium

Lat­est Team Stand­ings

P  W  D  L  F  A  GD  Pts
1  Defence Force FC  14  11  2  1  25  11  +14  35
2  La Horquetta Rangers  14  8  2  4  41  18  +23  26
3  Police FC  15  6  5  4  28  16  +12  23
4  W Connection  14  6  3  5  23  20  +3  21
5  Morvant Caledonia United  14  5  6  3  17  17  0  21
6  Point Fortin Civic  14  6  3  5  19  21  -2  21
7  Club Sando  15  5  4  6  23  19  +4  19
8  San Juan Jabloteh  15  4  4  7  19  29  -10  16
9  Central FC  15  3  4  9  15  26  -11  13
10  AC Port of Spain  14  3  4  7  17  33  -16  13
11  Cunupia FC  14  1  5  8  11  28  -17  8

Upcoming Matches.

To­day's Match­es

Cunu­pia FC vs AC Port-of-Spain, Ato Boldon Sta­di­um, Cou­va, 7 pm

La Hor­quet­ta Rangers vs Po­lice FC, La Hor­quet­ta Rec. Grd, 7 pm

To­mor­row

San Juan Jabloteh vs De­fence Force, Ato Boldon Sta­di­um, Cou­va, 6 pm

Mor­vant Cale­do­nia Unit­ed vs Cen­tral FC, Ato Boldon Sta­di­um, Cou­va, 8 pm

Point Fortin Civic vs Club San­do, Ma­haica Oval, Point Fortin 7 pm