Central, Connection aim to rebound following Tuesday's defeats

Central FC forward Willis Plaza.
Thursday 5 February 2015

Digicel Pro League leaders Central FC and defending champions DIRECTV W Connection are hoping to bounce back following Tuesday’s upset defeats against Defence Force and Point Fortin Civic.

Central, coming off a 1-0 loss to the army-coastguard combination, which snapped the “Sharks”’ eight-match undefeated streak, but still leads the 2014-2015 table with 29 points, will face Play Whe San Juan Jabloteh, who are coming off the bye, from 8 p.m. at the Marvin Lee Stadium on Friday 6 February in Round Two Match Day Six following a 6 p.m. clash between Police FC and Caledonia AIA.

“We were unlucky against Defence Force but that’s football,” said Central FC head coach Zoran Vranes. “We had a few chances to score and didn’t. They had one chance and scored. But I blame us for losing a player [to a red card]. I think it was a rash decision but that’s how he (the official) saw it. But congratulations to Defence Force, they won the match.”

Central FC midfielder and joint leading DPL scorer this season, Ataulla Guerra, was sent off in the 58th minute to a direct red card for striking the face of Defence Force midfielder Dave Long.

Central conceded again in stoppage time when Defence Force late substitute Devorn Jorsling broke the deadlock in stoppage time to give coach Marvin Gordon a 1-0 win.

“Now we have to rebound,” added Vranes. “We have to play to win because we must continue progressing. It’s not going to be easy but if we are serious about the game we should do well enough to get the win. But football is unpredictable and we are aware of that. I respect Jabloteh very much, firstly because of their tradition, and at present their current team and coach have been doing a good job.”

Also on Friday, Civic, coming off Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Connection at the Mahaica Oval, will welcome cellar-placed St. Ann’s Rangers from 4 p.m. at the Point Fortin venue.

While Connection, second on the standings with 23 points and tied with Defence Force and North East Stars on points, will host the “Tetron Boys” from 4 p.m. at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium on Saturday.

Connection head coach, Stuart Charles-Fevrier, said that although preparations to play in Point Fortin can be a little more difficult than the usual, it was his team’s poor finishing in front of goal that cost the “Savonetta Boys” three points on Tuesday.

“We missed too many chances,” said the multiple-time Pro League winning coach. “I thought we should have done better considering the amount of chances we had. We were too poor in front of goal and we paid for it.”

Fevrier added the League championship is at a very interesting point, with four teams very close at the top, and he looks forward to increased competition beginning with Saturday’s fixture against Defence Force.

“Defence Force have always been a difficult opponent,” continued Fevrier. “They have won the Pro league a few times and have always been a contender for the title. Also they have always been a tough challenge for us but we are ready for it.

“Our intension is always to win, just like all the teams wanting to win. We have gone past the Point Fortin game because the challenge is always the game in front of us. What’s important for us now, is that we learn from our mistakes and try to get back our winning ways.”

The weekday result placed Civic, led by interim head coach Leroy De Leon, in sixth place and tied with Caledonia and Police, in descending order, with 14 points. Caledonia’s 4-1 weekday win over Rangers snapped a five-match losing streak previously transported by the Morvant/Laventille club, while Police were defeated 3-1 by North East Stars, chasing a top-two finish this season.

Upcoming matches
Digicel Pro League 2014-2015
Round Two Match Day Six
Friday 6 February 2015
Marvin Lee Stadium
Police FC vs Caledonia AIA—6 pm
Central FC vs San Juan Jabloteh—8 pm

Mahaica Oval
Point Fortin Civic vs St. Ann’s Rangers—4 pm

Saturday 7 February 2015
Mannie Ramjohn Stadium
W Connection vs Defence Force—4 pm

Round Two Match Day Seven
Friday 20 February 2015
Marvin Lee Stadium
Police FC vs W Connection—6 pm
North East Stars vs Central FC—8 pm

Ato Boldon Stadium
San Juan Jabloteh vs Caledonia AIA—7 pm

Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin
Point Fortin Civic vs Defence Force—4 pm

Round Two Match Day Eight
Tuesday 24 February 2015
Marvin Lee Stadium
St. Ann’s Rangers vs North East Stars—6 pm
San Juan Jabloteh vs Defence Force—8 pm

Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin
Point Fortin Civic vs Central FC—4 pm

Ato Boldon Stadium
Caledonia AIA vs W Connection—6 pm