Caledonia’s boldness could put Defence Force under siege

Caledonia’s boldness could put Defence Force under siegeCaledonia AIA could make a bold statement over the next few days, as to the level of desire in which the Morvant-Laventille club wants to lift the Digicel Pro League Championship for the first time in the league’s 12-season history.

On Wednesday the second positioned Caledonia (32 points) will tackle fourth positioned North East Stars (24 points) from 6pm in a rescheduled Round Three Match Day One double header at the Ato Boldon Stadium. Defending champions DIRECTV W Connection will face neighbours Central FC from 8pm in the second contest.

Maximum points for the Jerry Moe-coached Caledonia will push the club within one point of leaders Defence Force (36 points) who it tackles on the weekend in Round Three Match Day Three.

Back-to-back wins this week for Caledonia will see the club jump to the top of the standings and enjoy a two point advantage over the Soldiers which suffered a 1-0 defeat against Stars last weekend.

Caledonia coming off a 1-0 win against defending champions DIRECTV W Connection at the Ato Boldon Stadium should still be wary of the Stars (24 points) which defeated them 3-1 in Round One, although pulling off a 1-0 win in Round Two. The Stars too, are coming off a big 1-0 win against Defence Force last Friday.

“It’s not unrealistic (for us to get back to back wins),” said Moe this week. “…that’s why we work hard. We have a big squad and there are players who have been playing and some who haven’t. But once we get the right balance it’s possible to achieve it.”

The Caledonia coach added, “North East Stars is a good team. They have a good coach in Angus Eve and we know that they are going to try and squeeze us all over the park. But we have been training hard and preparing as well, so it all comes down to the better team on the day.”

As for Defence Force, Caledonia defeated the soldiers 4-2 in Round One and successfully defended the First Citizens Cup title this season with a 2-1 win over the ‘Tetron Boys’ in the Final, but suffered a 5-1 whipping in Round Two.

“We can’t really look ahead to Defence Force right now,” continued Moe. “After North East Stars on Wednesday, only then we are going to think about the match against Defence Force. But we know it’s going to be a tough match from what we know about them and what they know about us over the past few years.”

Caledonia still stands without talented midfielder Sherron Joseph and goalkeeper Glenroy Samuel, both nursing minor injuries, while North East Stars and Central will be without suspended defenders Glenton Wolfe and Omar Charles respectively on Wednesday.  

Meantime Connection sitting in third on the standings with 25 points, will attempt to extend its winning record against the fifth positioned Central (22 points) and keep its mathematical chance of a top two finish alive. Connection defeated Central 3-0 in Round One and 1-0 in Round Two but with a 4-2 win over Police FC last Friday, the ‘Central Sharks’ are definitely hungry.

Digicel Pro League 2012-2013
Rescheduled Round Three Match Day One fixtures
Wednesday 13 March 2013
Ato Boldon Stadium
Caledonia AIA vs North East Stars—6pm
W Connection vs Central FC—8pm

Round Three Match Day Three
Friday 15 March 2013
Marvin Lee Stadium
St. Ann’s Rangers vs W Connection—6pm
Caledonia AIA vs Defence Force—8pm
Saturday 16 March 2013
Marvin Lee Stadium
North East Stars vs Police FC—6pm
Central FC vs T&TEC FC—8pm