Connection drop points again; leaders held by Caledonia

W Connection midfielders Joevin Jones (left) and Gerard Williams (right) puts Caledonia midfielder Akim Armstrong in check during Tuesday's 0-0 draw at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

W Connection extended its winless run to three matches on Thursday night with a goalless draw against Caledonia AIA at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

 

But despite dropping points in succession, the Digicel Pro League leaders are 8 points ahead of the pack with 34 points.

 

Meanwhile Caledonia, coming off last Saturday's 2-1 loss against Point Fortin Civic, moved up a spot into fifth with 22 points and only ahead of Police by goal-difference.

 

Police were scheduled to meet North East Stars on Saturday in their Round Two Match Day Nine fixture, but that contest has been postponed to March 11. as the lawmen are expected to perform policing duties from this weekend and throughout the Carnival period.

 

Instead, the fourth positioned North East Stars will next face the defending league champions, Defence Force, from 6 pm at the Marvin Lee Stadium on Tuesday 25 February in a rescheduled Round Two Match Day Three fixture.

 

The soldiers however, with five games in hand and in seventh, will first join three other teams in a double header at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Friday 21 February.

 

Bottom of the table St. Ann's Rangers are against third positioned Central FC from 6 pmand from 8 pm Defence Force will tackle eight positioned San Juan Jabloteh, all hoping for more than the single point achieved by Caledonia and Connection.

 

Connection, coming off a hard-fought 2-2 draw against bitter rivals Central, and before that a 2-1 loss to Point Fortin, were less than a shadow of themselves, while Caledonia's poor offence this season, showed up again on Tuesday night.

 

An unmarked Noel Williams was denied a goal in the 22nd minute, heading a Tyrone Charles cross towards the upper corner, but Connection goalie Julani Archibald measured the effort to keep it out.

 

Caledonia had another great opening in the 29th minute but Keyon Edwards scoffed inside the area after meeting Stephan David's ball over the top, and in the follow-up, Akim Armstrong's strike was charged down by defender Daneil Cyrus.

 

Connection midfielder Joevin Jones had a look at goal seconds before the halftime blow of referee Larry Lalchan's whistle, but dragged a low right-footed strike wide of the far post.

 

And twenty minutes inside the second period the midfielder had another crack, this time off his favoured left boot, and was just short of finding the inside of the far netting.

 Caledonia goalkeeper Shemel Louison pulls off a late superb save to deny Connection captain Gerard Williams.

The leaders’ best chance of breaking the deadlock came six minutes from time however goalkeeper Shemel Louison pulled off a magnificent one-handed diving save, pushing behind a low blast from Gerard Williams. And from the resulting corner, the Caledonia goalie was well positioned to gather Stefano Rijssel's acrobatic effort off the near upright.

 

Digicel Pro League 2013/2014

Round Two Match Day Nine

Thursday's result at the Ato Boldon Stadium

Caledonia AIA 0—0 W Connection

 

Upcoming Matches

Friday 21 February

Ato Boldon Stadium

St. Ann's Rangers vs Central FC6 pm

Defence Force vs San Juan Jabloteh8 pm

 

Rescheduled Round Two Match Day Three fixture

Tuesday 25 February

Marvin Lee Stadium

North East Stars vs Defence Force6 pm

 

Teams

Caledonia AIA—1. Shemel Louison (GK), 7. Stephan David (C) (Yellow Card), 3. Nuru Abdullah Muhammad, 2. Aubrey David, 12. Kareem Joseph, 20. Noel Williams (10. Ralph Lundy 76th minute), 21. Densil Theobald (Yellow Card), 9. Keyon Edwards (18. Denron Frederick 76th minute), 5. Akeem Thomas, 17. Akim Armstrong, 16. Tyrone Charles (19. Nical Stephens 80th minute)

 

Unused substitutes—34. Kevin Graham (GK), 4. Raymond Alleyne, 6. Marcus Ambrose, 8. Keron Bethelmy

 

Coach—Jamaal Shabazz

 

W Connection—18. Julani Archibald (GK), 3. Gerard Williams (C), 4. Daneil Cyrus, 7. Silvio Spann (11. Tremain Shayn Paul 10th minute), 10. Joevin Jones, 12. Jerrel Britto (65. Neil Benjamin Jr. 75th minute), 13. Devaughn Elliot (32. Demitrie Apai 64th minute), 14. Hashim Arcia, 15. Mekeil Williams (Yellow Card), 20. Stefano Rijssel, 39. Alvin Jones

 

Unused substitutes—19. Leslie Joel Russell, 22. Aquelius Sylvester (GK), 25. Christian Viveros, 40. Jomol Williams, 16. Shahdon Winchester

 

Coach—Stuart Charles Fevrier