‘Lethal’ Lundy lifts Caledonia second; chaos as Central and N/E Stars draw

Caledonia double goalscorer Ralph Lundy (#10) congratulated by teammate Noel Williams
Ralph Lundy III scored twice and set up another—all in the first half—as Caledonia AIA comfortably defeated cellar positioned St. Ann’s Rangers 3-0 on Friday night to jump second on the Digicel Pro League standings.

However it referee Neil Brizan that stood in focus following the second match of the Round Two Match Day Six double header at the Hasely Crawford Stadium which ended 1-1 between bitter rivals Central FC and North East Stars.

The Stars, coached by Angus Eve – a former assistant to Fenwick during his time in charge of San Juan Jabloteh, led the match 1-0 courtesy a classy flick by Jamaican midfielder Keithy Simpson a minute before the break, and held onto the score for the rest of regulation time.

But in the first of four stoppage-time minutes, a questionable foul went Central’s way at the sound of Brizan’s whistle after substitute Rundell Winchester and Stars’ defender Aquil Selby collided inside the area.
North East Stars' goalkeeper Stephan Berkeley a spectator during Marvin Oliver (#10) equalizing penalty strike
Marvin Oliver then struck a composed kick into the right corner from the spot to beat Stars’ second choice goalie Stephan Barkeley and level the score 1-1.

Soon after, Brizan evicted an enraged Eve from the technical area, and followed up by also pointing an uncontrollable Stars’ equipment manager Selwyn Gabriel to the stands.
FIFA referee Neil Brizan (fourth from left) surrounded by colleagues during one of his post game confrontations
Brizan, who was accosted by players, staff and even Stars’ owner Darryl Mahabir at the centre of the pitch following the final whistle, was even forced to serve goal-scorer Simpson a direct red card.

Simpson, whose flick, off a well-place Kennedy Hinkson free-kick, looped over Central goalie Jan-Michael Williams, will miss Tuesday’s clash against San Juan Jabloteh from 6 pm at the Marvin Lee Stadium.

Jabloteh, positioned eight on the standings, will first tackle home-team Point Fortin Civic, who are unbeaten in their last five matches, from 3.30 pm at the Mahaica Oval in Point Fortin on Saturday.

Civic, who ended the lengthy unbeaten spell of leaders W Connection last weekend with a 2-0 score, slipped a spot into third following Friday night’s matches with Caledonia, tied with 20 points, ahead by goal difference.

Lundy, a mid-season Caledonia signing, opened his account in the 9th minute when he picked up a poor clearance by Rangers goalie Akel Clarke, had a stare, then spanked a low left footed strike into the back of the net from 24 yards out.

The 23-year-old American midfielder had a bite at goal again in the 17th minute, but Clarke did enough to tame the low effort before gathering it at the goal-line.

But when Lundy, who pledged to excite the league, popped up again in the 20th minute with a looped pass into the area, powerful Grenadian striker Denron Frederick outmuscled his marker to hit past Clarke for a 2-0 Caledonia cushion.

Lundy’s lethal left boot wrapped up his double and the 3-0 score in the 34th minute, pouncing on Frederick’s rebound off a Nathan Lewis cross.

Caledonia, now 12 points behind leaders Connection, failed to improve on the score-line in the second period but surely enjoys the improved position in second from fifth.

Connection, on the bye this weekend, will return to action on Tuesday against town-rivals Central from 8 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

Central, still sixth, are currently unbeaten in their last six outings, but have only managed draws in the last five, and Friday’s 1-1 result against the Stars could stand as the most difficult of them all. The “Sharks” best effort on goal prior to the equalizing penalty, came from a header by substitute Dwight Quintero on the hour mark, but that effort was kept out superbly at the goalmouth by goalkeeper Berkeley.
CRUNCHING TACKLE - Central midfield general Marvin Oliver upended by Stars' hardman Jeromie Williams
Friday’s contest lived up to expectations—a slugfest—and ended in the same 1-1 result as their Round One clash, while Central will remember its 2-1 win over Sangre Grande club in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 First Citizens Cup, which Fenwick’s side went on to win.

Caledonia AIA 3—0 St. Ann’s Rangers
Ralph Lundy 9’, 34’, Denron Frederick 20’

North East Stars 1—1 Central FC
Keithy Simpson 44’  ;  Marvin Oliver 90’+2 (PEN)

Caledonia AIA—34. Kevin Graham (GK), 3. Nuru Abdullah Muhammad (C), 4. Raymond Alleyne, 6. Marcus Ambrose, 8. Keron Bethelmy, 9. Keyon Edwards, 10. Ralph Lundy (16. Tyrone Charles 72nd minute), 12. Kareem Joseph, 18. Denron Frederick (17. Akim Armstrong 72nd minute), 20. Noel Williams, 27. Nathan Lewis (22. Jameel Neptune 87thminute)

Unused substitutes—33. Jesse Peters (GK), 13. Julian Wade, 19. Nical Stephens, 30. Akil Stafford

Coach—Jamaal Shabazz

St. Ann’s Rangers—1. Akel Clarke (GK), 4. Jelani Peters (C), 10. Kennedy Isles, 14. Michael Yaw Darko, 18. Jemel Berot, 28. Kadeem Corbin (30. Rickyl Morris 89thminute), 31. Jameel Antoine, 33. Isaiah Mc Intyre, 36. Hakeem Legall (5. Keon Peters 82nd minute), 41. Kevin Carter, 49.  Chad Clinton (16. Keron Alexander 60th minute)

Unused substitutes—25. Terrence Lewis (GK), 26. Josh Toussaint, 32. Joshua Sylvester, 43. Shomarie Antoine

Coach—Gilbert Bateau

Central FC—21. Jan Michael Williams (GK), 10. Marvin Oliver (C) (Yellow Card), 27. Samuel Delice, 24. Akeem Benjamin (Yellow Card) (13. Johan Peltier 46th minute), 50. Yohance Marshall, 12. Jamal Jack (Yellow Card), 9. Dwight Quintero, 6. Leston Paul, 1. Willis Plaza (22. Keon Trim 65th minute), 9. Dwight Quintero (17. Rundell Winchester 65thminute), 2. Elton John

Unused substitutes—25. Javon Sample, 18. Kevon Goddard, 5. Sean de Silva, 11. Darren Mitchell

Coach—Terry Fenwick

North East Stars—1. Stephan Berkeley (GK), 19. Glenton Wolfe (C), 7. Elijah Manners, 8. Keron Cummings, 5. Aquil Selby, 4. Keithy Simpson, 48. Jesus Perez (Yellow Card), 12. Jay-son Joseph, 6. Jeromie Williams, 20. Trevin Caesar (41. Neveal Hackshaw 84thminute), 23. Kennedy Hinkson (11. Lemuel Lyons 82nd minute)

Unused substitutes—22. Cleon John (GK), 16. Franz Husbands, 9. Akiel Guevara, 18. Kaashif Thomas, 15. Chike Sullivan

Coach—Angus Eve

Upcoming Matches
Digicel Pro League 2013/2014
Round Two Match Day Six
Saturday 8 February 2014
Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin
Point Fortin Civic vs San Juan Jabloteh—3.30 pm

Round Two Match Day Seven
Tuesday 11 February 2014
Ato Boldon Stadium
Police FC vs St. Ann’s Rangers—6 pm
Central FC vs W Connection—8 pm

Marvin Lee Stadium
North East Stars vs San Juan Jabloteh—6 pm