Army, Connection chase lead in Digicel Pro League
Defence Force and defending champions DIRECTV W Connection are in contention for the Digicel Pro League top spot this weekend as the championship resumes following a month long break.
Current leaders Caledonia AIA(10 points) are sitting out the weekend after having their request to postpone Saturday's Round One Match Day Six fixture against St. Ann's Rangers granted.
The Morvant-Laventille club used its right to request postponement of a match if a club stands without three (3) or more players on international duty.
Currently five (5) of Caledonia players; Densill Theobald, Ataulla Guerra, Keyon Edwards, Aubrey David and Jamal Gay are in Antigua with the Trinidad and Tobago Men's Senior Team preparing for Friday's Caribbean Cup semi-final clash against Martinique from 5pm at the Antigua Recreation Ground, St. Johns.
Meantime Defence Force with four (4) players--Curtis Gonzales, Richard Roy, Devorn Jorsling and Kevon Carter--and W Connection with two (2) players--goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams and Joevin Jones--within the T&T squad in Antigua, opted to play their League fixtures on the weekend.
Connection, 8 points in third, will take on seventh positioned Police FC from 6pm at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium on Friday followed by fifth positioned Central FC against fourth positioned North East Stars in a mid-table tie from 8pm at the same Marabella venue.
Its the first meeting for both clubs with Central, controlled by former Stars' player and Managing Director Brent Sancho and assisted by Kevin Jeffrey and Kevin Harrison who are also very familiar with their former employers.
But while Central is trying to find footing on debut in the Pro League, North East Stars currently coached by Angus Eve only last Friday lifted the Toyota Classic title and stands unbeaten in the League after five matches.
Eve also steered the Stars to a 2-1 opening round FA Trophy win over Connection last week, and last Wednesday slammed a 5-0 win over Westside Superstarz in the FA Round of 32.
On Saturday the League action shifts to the Hasely Crawford Stadium as Defence Force, 10 points but second behind Caledonia because of a lesser goal difference, takes on bottom of the table T&TEC FC from 5pm.
The Soldiers are coming off a superb 8-0 win over QPCC on Wednesday in the FA Round of 32 at the national stadium with goals by Michael Edwards (59th, 83rd & 90th), Josimar Belgrave (20th & 26th), Jerwyn Balthazar (61st), Jemel Sebro (67th) and Kerry Joseph (88th).However one week ago at the very stadium, Defence Force surrendered a 2-1 advantage in the final minute of play against North East Stars in the Final of the Toyota Classic to later lose on penalty kicks 4-2.
Meantime T&TEC will be brandishing its most successful coach, Dexter Cyrus, only in his third match since being re-installed after nearly eight months away.
Under Cyrus' charge in his first match back, T&TEC put up a valiant effort despite going under 6-2 against Stars in the quarter-final round of the Toyota Classic last month, but were 3-0 victors against Edingborough 500 last Wednesday in the FA Round of 32.
Friday 14 December 2012
Round One Match Day Six
Mannie Ramjohn Stadium
W Connection vs Police FC--6pm
Central FC vs North East Stars--8pm
Saturday 15 December 2012
Hasely Crawford Stadium
Defence Force vs T&TEC FC--5pm