Led by an Ataulla Guerra hat-trick, Caledonia AIA knocked the lights out of 10-man T&TEC FC on Saturday night at the Ato Boldon Stadium with a 6-0 win.
The result pushed Caledonia four spots up the ladder into the top with 7 points and ahead of now second positioned Defence Force (7 points) by a much better goals difference.
Conrod Smith, who was denied by goalkeeper Akini Adams in the 12th minute, opened the scoring in the 25th minute.
The experienced striker made a simple turn inside the area and fired past Adams for a 1-0 advantage.
It turned from bad to worse for the Jefferson George coached-T&TEC suffering a blow in the 38th minute when right winger Glen Sutton picked up a direct red card from referee Rodphin Harris for violent conduct against Aubrey David.
Guerra then added his first on the night for a 2-0 cushion three minutes before the break. The skillful midfielder made easy from outside the area placing the ball inside the bottom corner to leave Adams beaten.
Guerra doubled his tally on the hour mark by guiding in a Cornelius Stewart cross past Adams for a 3-0 Caledonia score.
Then Adams who collided with Caledonia substitute Jamal Gay around the 51st minute later complained of head pain and had to be replaced by coach/player George in the 68th minute.
George lasted three minutes before conceding in the 71st minute by a well-placed Keyon Edwards strike from the top of the area for a 4-0 score-line.
Edwards had replaced striker Gay who failed to continue after collision with Adams.
Caledonia continued to show no mercy against some slack defending and were 5-0 up by the 80th minute.
Guerra completed his hat-trick with a cool finish by directing Stephan David's right side cross past George.
And in the 83rd minute Caledonia won a penalty when defender Marc Hunte handled Nathan Lewis cross inside the area. Caledonia left-back Kareem Joseph showed why he is the go-to man for penalty kicks with a well placed finished inside the bottom corner for the 6-0 finish.
The defeat saw T&TEC(3 points) slip one spot into bottom following the Round One Match Day Four slate of matches. North East Stars(6 points) sits third behind Caledonia and Defence Force while Central(6 points) occupy fourth and defending champions W Connection(5 points) are fifth. Police FC(4 points) follows in sixth and St. Ann's Rangers(3 points) in seventh.
Next Tuesday (November 6) could see a new leader as Connection hosts Central in a rescheduled Round One Match Day One fixture from 6pm at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.
T&TEC FC 0-6 Caledonia AIA
Conrod Smith 25', Ataulla Guerra 42', 60', 80', Keyon Edwards 71', Kareem Joseph 85'
T&TEC FC--Akini Adams(gk)(Jefferson George 68th minute), Keeron Benito(capt.), Anthony Noriega, Cebastian Bailey(Kevon Neaves 46th minute)(Yellow Card), Javed Mohammed(Yellow Card), Eustace Darius(Yellow Card)(Angus John 46th minute), Desta Francis, Tigana Sparks, Kern Peters, Marc Hunte, Glen Sutton(Red Card)
Caledonia AIA--Glenroy Samuel(gk), Stephan David(capt), Conrod Smith(Jamal Gay 46th minute)(Keyon Edwards 54th minute), Aubrey David, Nuru Abdullah Muhammad, Cornelius Stewart, Kareem Joseph, Nathan Lewis(Trayon Bobb), Densil Theobald, Kemron Purcell, Ataulla Guerra
Coach--Jamaal Shabazz/Jerry Moe