Baptiste goal lifts Jabloteh over Rangers; Point Fortin and North East Stars in goalless Mahaica Oval draw

San Juan Jabloteh forward Kerry Baptiste

Kerry Baptiste notched his 8th 2013/2014 Digicel Pro League goal on Saturday to give San Juan Jabloteh a 1-0 win over bottom of the table St. Ann’s Rangers at the Larry Gomes Stadium.

While down at the Mahaica Oval, home side Point Fortin Civic and Sangre Grande club North East Stars played to a 0-0 draw to wrap up Round Two Match Day One.

The Stars moved up a spot into second on the standings with 14 points, 9 points behind undefeated leaders DIRECTV W Connection (23 points).

Behind them are Caledonia AIA, Police FC, Central FC and Defence Force in third, fourth, fifth and sixth positions respectively, all with 13 points each.

Jabloteh meantime, with 10 points, moved up a spot into seventh on Saturday, only ahead of now eight positioned Point Fortin by goal difference, while the defeated Rangers, suffering its eight league defeat, remain slumped at the bottom with 3 points.

Jabloteh attacker Rennie Britto had a great opportunity to fire the San Juan club ahead in the 30th minute, when neat through-ball by Baptiste set him free against goalkeeper Akel Clarke, but lost his footing getting a slight advantage ahead of the Rangers goalie.

But Britto made up six minutes inside the second period with a well placed cross from the right, and Baptiste towered inside the area for a textbook header to beat a hapless Clarke for the 1-0 score.

Rangers’ Jelani Peters had a good opportunity to level the scores in the 55th minute, but to the disappointment of the technical area, the team captain fired wide.

The St. Ann’s club was close again in the 82nd minute, but Jabloteh goalkeeper Kevin Dodds was brilliant, gloving behind a curling effort by Kennedy Isles from above the area.

On Friday night, Connection held off Police FC 2-1 in the second match of a double header hosted at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

And in the second match, Caledonia AIA and Central played to a 1-1 draw.

Digicel Pro League 2013/2014
Round Two Match Day One
Friday’s results
Police FC 1—2 W Connection

Elijah Belgrave 14'  ;  Neil Benjamin Jr. 31', Gerard Williams 70' (PEN)

Caledonia AIA 1—1 Central FC

Jason Marcano 42'  ;  Densil Theobald 56' (PEN)

Saturday’s results
St. Ann’s Rangers 0—1 San Juan Jabloteh
Kerry Baptiste 51’

Point Fortin Civic 0—0 North East Stars

Team line-ups
St. Ann’s Rangers
—1. Akel Clarke (GK), 4. Jelani Peters (C), 6. Kareem Davidson, 14. Michael Yaw Darko (5. Duran Dilworth 69th minute), 16. Kennedy Isles, 18. Jemel Berot (36. Hakeem Legall 60th minute), 21. Jair Edwards (40. Mackesi Quashie 85th minute), 26. Josh Toussaint, 31. Jameel Antoine, 33. Isaiah Mc Intyre, 41. Kevin Carter

Unused substitutes—22. Christopher Biggette (GK), 30. Rickyl Morris, 32. Joshua Sylvester, 38. Jamil Young

Coach—Gilbert Bateau

San Juan Jabloteh—1. Kevin Dodds (GK), 10. Kerry Baptiste (C), 25. Alfie James, 26. Keino Goodridge, 6. Dario Holmes (22. Shane Hospidales 46th minute), 12. Jamal Spencer, 16. Nyron Jones, 20. Dwane James (19. Dillon Kirton 80th minute), 18. Jevon Morris, 21. Neil Mitchell (14. Shaquille Bertrand 67th minute), 7. Rennie Britto

Unused substitutes—3. Lekion Elie, 11. Akel James, 13. Savion Kirton, 9. Jelani Felix

Coach—Keith Jeffrey