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Revenge of the Stars: Caesar double puts Central's league title chances in the limbo

Revenge of the Stars: Caesar double puts Central's league title chances in the limbo

16-04-2014 Hits:91 North East Stars F.C

Two early goals by Trevin Caesar on Tuesday night were enough as North East Stars defeated Central 2-1 in Round Three Match Day Seven of the Digicel Pro League, exacting...

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Central could close gap on Pro League leaders W Connection

Central could close gap on Pro League leaders W Connection

14-04-2014 Hits:140 Central FC

Central FC will attempt to close-in on Digicel Pro League leaders and bitter rivals W Connection on Tuesday when the “Sharks” take on North East Stars from 8 pm at...

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Defence Force thumps Police 3-1 to stay within million dollar Pro League title

Defence Force thumps Police 3-1 to stay within million dollar Pro League title

14-04-2014 Hits:159 Defence Force

Caledonia also 3-1 winners over Jabloteh Forward Devorn Jorsling scored one and set up another to pace Defence Force to a 3-1 win over Police FC in the first of two...

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Lucozade Sport Goal Shield title to return to Couva: Bitter rivals Central and Connection into Final

Lucozade Sport Goal Shield title to return to Couva: Bitter rivals Central and Connection into Final

12-04-2014 Hits:100 Lucozade Sport Goal Shield

The Final of the 2014 Lucozade Sport Goal Shield (LSGS), which will take place at the Ato Boldon Stadium (ABS) on Friday 25 April, will serve rivalry at its finest,...

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Fenwick picks up third Blue Waters CoM award; Caesar voted Wendy’s PoM for March

Fenwick picks up third Blue Waters CoM award; Caesar voted Wendy’s PoM for March

11-04-2014 Hits:98 TT Pro League News

Soon-to-be birthday boy Trevin Caesar of North East Stars has been voted the Wendy’s Player of the Month for March (PoM), while Central FC head coach Terry Fenwick is the...

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Lucozade Sport Goal Shield: Central are the most feared says Fenwick

Lucozade Sport Goal Shield: Central are the most feared says Fenwick

10-04-2014 Hits:137 Lucozade Sport Goal Shield

But Stars, Connection and Civic begs to differ ahead of Friday’s semis “The team that no one wants to play is Central FC.” That’s the belief of Central FC head coach...

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Apai and Plaza tricks as Connection and Central registers huge wins

Apai and Plaza tricks as Connection and Central registers huge wins

09-04-2014 Hits:145 Caledonia AIA

Goals galore as million-dollar Pro League intensity rises Strikers Dimitrie Apai and Willis Plaza both grabbed hat-tricks in separate instances at the Ato Boldon Stadium (ABS) on Tuesday night as longstanding...

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YPL: Jabloteh crush Police 17-0 in U14s

YPL: Jabloteh crush Police 17-0 in U14s

07-04-2014 Hits:86 Youth League News

Without doubt the youth teams of San Juan Jabloteh felt on top of the world on Sunday 30 March, defeating Police FC 17-0, 4-1 and 2-0 at the Under 14,...

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Gay loaned to Finland’s RoPS

Gay loaned to Finland’s RoPS

07-04-2014 Hits:89 Caledonia AIA

Caledonia AIA and Trinidad and Tobago forward Jamal Gay has re-entered the European professional circuit after completing a loan move to Finnish club Rovaniemen Palloseura (RoPS).The 25-year-old Gay is the...

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Leaders W Connection confident of holding on for million dollar Pro League title

Leaders W Connection confident of holding on for million dollar Pro League title

07-04-2014 Hits:88 W Connection

Seven points ahead of its closest challenger and four games remaining, Digicel Pro League (DPL) leaders W Connection are extremely confident of lifting the million dollar 2013/2014 title.“We have more...

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Benjamin trick ruins Defence Force’s Digicel Pro League Championship celebrations

Benjamin trick ruins Defence Force’s Digicel Pro League Championship celebrations

Defence Force claimed the 2012-2013 Digicel Pro League Championship on Monday night, but did so in unsatisfactory fashion on the penultimate match day.

Defence Force, 43 points at the top of the table, were hammered 4-0 by last season’s winners DIRECTV W Connection in the first match of a Round Three Match Day Six double header at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

Eighteen year old Connection attacker Neil Benjamin registered a superb second half hat-trick and another teenager, substitute Alvin Jones, sealed the surprise win with the fourth item. At which time the Soldiers failed to celebrate the title.

But following the second match of the double header at the Couva venue, second positioned Caledonia AIA (39 points) were also defeated to the luck of Defence Force. The Morvant/Laventille club falling 2-1 against home team Central FC; relinquishing a mathematical chance of lifting the title and also handing Army the crown without a fight on Friday in the final match day.

Central striker Rundell Winchester, returning from a lengthy layoff due to injury, scored on either side of the half on instances of defensive errors by Caledonia in the 28th and 83rd minutes.

While Caledonia failed to make two excellent second half chances count, following an equalizing item by Jamal Gay in the 32nd minute.

Seconds after the interval Gay provided Nathan Lewis with a good look at goal, however the speedy winger struck wide. And after a mix-up in the Central defense in injury time, Caledonia substitute Vurlon Mills wasted wide with the goal at his mercy.

Looking ahead Defence Force will next take on bottom of the table T&TEC FC, and Caledonia against seventh positioned St. Ann’s Rangers, and whatever the results, the top two have already been declared.

Defence Force remaining four points ahead of Caledonia with just three points to play for on Friday.

However the Soldiers were no longer in a partying mood, and didn’t even request the League trophy by the time of Caledonia’s loss.

In-form Connection, fresh from its Lucozade Sport Goal Shield crowning on Friday and qualification into the 2013-2014 CONCACAF Champions’ League earlier in the week were the ones celebrating though.

It was a huge win for the Stuart Charles Fevrier coached side having suffered 5-1 and 2-1 league defeats this season against the Soldiers.

Benjamin had Connection in front 1-0 by the 59th minute with a classy chip defeating an advanced goalkeeper Kevin Graham after connecting to a forward by another teenager Tremain Shayn Paul.

Benjamin was brilliant again in the 66th minute to hand his side a 2-0 cushion. The teenager was clearly motivated after his first, and hungry for a second. His athletic presence in the area in chase of a Stefano Rijssel pass forced a tangle by defender Russ Russell Jr. and Graham and Benjamin picking up on the free ball to hit into an open net.

And it got worse for the Soldiers by the 75th minute when team captain and right back Corey Rivers was shown a direct red card by referee Neil Brizan after a malicious foul on Rijssel.

Then in the 77th minute Rijssel raced down the left, turning his marker into a spectator and guiding a low cross into the six yard area for the arrival of Benjamin behind Army substitute defender Aklie Edwards to complete his hat-trick.

Rijssel then tried his luck from distance in the 79th minute and forced a good save out of Graham with a stinger from above the area.

But from another Rijssel cross in the 84th minute, Alvin Jones, who only entered the pitch around three minutes earlier, had the simple task of tapping in his first Connection goal and his team’s fourth on the night.

The result kept Connection at pace with North East Stars, which defeated T&TEC 5-0 with all goals coming in the last 12 minutes of play in the first match of a double header at the Marvin Lee Stadium. Connection and Stars are with 35 points each in third and fourth respectively, and separated by goal difference.

Elijah Manners (79th minute) opened the late scoring for the Angus Eve-coached Stars before goals by Jean-Luc Rochford (82nd minute), Marcus Gomez (87th minute), Micah Lewis (88th minute) and Kareem Moses (90th minute) rained in.

And in the second match at the Macoya venue, St. Ann’s Rangers came from behind with a Ryan O’Neil (71st minute) goal to draw 1-1 with Police FC after Todd Ryan (62nd minute) had the Lawmen in front.

Police will next take on Connection on Friday and North East Stars against Central on Friday.

As Defence Force, League winners in 2010-2011, picks up its second League title in the last three seasons and W Connection looks to hold on for third ahead of Stars; Caledonia, winners of the First Citizens Cup and FA Trophy this season, were once again one step behind the elusive League title.

W Connection 4—0 Defence Force
Neil Benjamin 59’, 66’, 77’, Alvin Jones 84’

W Connection—Alejandro Figueroa(gk), Clyde Leon(capt.), Daneil Cyrus, Hashim Arcia(Joevin Jones 66th minute), Leslie Joel Russell, Christian Viveros(Alvin Jones 81st minute), Stefano Rijssel, Jomal Williams(Silvio Spann 71st minute), Kurt Frederick(Yellow Card), Tremain Shayn Paul, Neil Benjamin

Unused substitutes—Aquelius Sylvester(gk), Jelani Grovsenor, Eligah Joseph, Andrei Pacheco

Technical Director/Head Coach—Stuart Charles Fevrier

Defence Force—Kevin Graham(gk), Corey Rivers(capt.)(Red Card), Devin Jordan(Yellow Card), Devorn Jorsling, Kevon Carter, Jerwyn Balthazar, Ross Russell Jr., Sean Narcis(Richard Roy 60th minute), Dexter Pacheco(Josimar Belgrave 52nd minute), Rodell Elcock, Jemel Sebro(Aklie Edwards 67th minute)

Unused substitutes—Sheldon Clarke(gk), Glynn Franklyn, Kerry Joseph, Dwight Scott

Technical Director/Head Coach—Ross Russell

Central FC 2—1 Caledonia AIA
Rundell Winchester 28’, 83’, Jamal Gay 32’

Central FC—Quesi Weston(gk), Carey Harris(capt.), Omar Charles, Hayden Tinto(Sayid Frietas 74th minute), Anthony Wolfe, Adrian Noel, Darren Mitchell(Yellow Card), Rundell Winchester, Jason Marcano, Dario Holmes(Yellow Card)(Peter Byers 82nd minute), Johan Peltier(Marc Leslie 74th minute)

Unused substitutes—Shane Mattis(gk), Cyrano Glen, Darryl Trim, Hector Sam, Rennie Britto  

Tenhnical Director/Head Coach—Terry Fenwick

Caledonia AIA—Glenroy Samuel(gk), Stephan David(capt.), Aubrey David(Akeem Thomas 62nd minute)(Yellow Card), Nuru Abdullah Muhammad(Yellow Card), Colin Nelson, Kareem Joseph(Vurlon Mills 81st minute), Akim Armstrong, Sherron Joseph(Keyon Edwards 77th minute), Densill Theobald, Jamal Gay, Nathan Lewis

Unused substitutes—Shemel Louision(gk), Odelle Armstong, Nical Stephens, Miguel Alejandro Romeo

Technical Director—Jamaal Shabazz
Coach—Jerry Moe

TT PRO League 2013

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