Caledonia beat Rangers to Pro Bowl spot; Police whip Civic despite early Phillip heroics in final DPL match

Police FC utility player Clevon Mc Fee pictured in this file photo against Caledonia AIA earlier this season. Mc Fee was used as a late substitute in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Point Fortin Civic in the final match of the 2014-2015 Digicel Pro League championship
Tuesday 5 May 2015

Ato Boldon Stadium, COUVA – Former winners Caledonia AIA are into the quarterfinal round of the 2015 Digicel Pro Bowl after defeating St. Ann's Rangers 2-1 in the lone qualifier on a Tuesday night that also saw Police FC whip Point Fortin Civic 3-0 in the final match of the already decided Digicel Pro League (DPL) championship.

Police, who like Civic, automatically qualified for the Pro Bowl quarterfinal round which is scheduled for Friday, completed the DPL 2014-2015 season in seventh place with 30 points but three points behind the fifth placed Point Fortin side even after Tuesday’s win. While Caledonia, who finished with 27 points, dropped into eight, one spot ahead of rock bottom Rangers (5 points).

Civic had a gift of an opportunity to open the scoring against Police in the 5th minute but midfielder Kelvin Modeste flopped with goalkeeper Adrian Foncette’s net at his mercy.

Civic had another great opening in the 34th minute but Foncette did well to deny Andre Toussaint from close up before beating the midfielder to the rebound. But Foncette heroics was nothing compared to his opposite number Marvin Phillip in the opening moments.

Phillip was brilliant, pulling off four superb saves as Police led by veteran captain Todd Ryan were a notch above the side that defeated then 2-0 and 3-1 in their previous DPL meetings this season.

But a slip up by the Civic defence, without the likes of Andre Ettienne and Weslie John, allowed Police to find the opening goal in the 37th minute.

It was from a low Shaquille Nesbitt left side cross that rolled past every Civic shirt in the box that left Phillip to dry, and Christon Thomas made no mistake in putting his strike out of the goalkeeper's reach for a 1-0 lead.

Then on the 44th minute Makesi Lewis drilled a right footer past Phillip from inside the right of the box after meeting a feed by Freitas for a 2-0 cushion before the break.

Ryan made it 3-0, beating Phillip from the penalty spot in the 58th minute, after referee Rodphin Harris pointed to the spot following a handball by defender Rondell Paul.

In the earlier contest, Caledonia, Pro Bowl winners in 2008 and runners-up in 2009 and 2012, guaranteed their place in domestic season-ending competition with early goals from Under-21 player Israel Honore and Guyana international Purnell Schultz before Rangers pegged one back in the final minute of regulation time with a goal from substitute Josh Toussaint.

Honore gave Caledonia a 1-0 lead within the 1st minute of play, celebrating his first top flight goal in early fashion, before regular goal scorer Purnell Schultz made it 2-0 by beating goalkeeper Christopher Biggette in the 18th minute.

Caledonia, who finished the DPL with 27 points and one spot ahead of cellar positioned Rangers (5 points), were in control and Biggette was lucky not to concede another in the first half after a 35-yard free-kick from veteran Conrod Smith cannoned off the crossbar.

Rangers however, were able to pull a goal back on the 90th minute, reducing the deficit 1-2 but in the end failed to avoid a premature end to their season, while Caledonia advances to contest the quarterfinal round of the season curtain-closing Pro Bowl.

It was from a brilliant run down the left and into the box by Rangers substitute Kadeem Corbin before squaring a pass to Toussaint, who had the simple task of slapping into goalkeeper Shemel Louison’s goal.

Tuesday 5 May 2015
Ato Boldon Stadium
Digicel Pro Bowl qualifier result
Caledonia AIA 2
(Israel Honore 1', Purnell Schultz 18') vs St. Ann’s Rangers 1 (Josh Toussaint 90')

Digicel Pro League
Round Three Match Day Nine result

Point Fortin Civic 0
vs Police FC 3 (Christon Thomas 37', Makesi Lewis 44', Todd Ryan 58' penalty)

Caledonia AIA: 1.Shemel Louison (GK), 4.Conrod Smith (2.Tacoma Sadlow 68th minute), 9.Keyon Edwards, 12.Kareem Moses, 16.Pierre Hitner, 22.Jameel Neptune, 26.Nicholas Mercano, 27.Nathan Lewis, 28.Purnell Schultz (30.Domini Garnett 46th minute), 29.Mickaeel Jem Gordon (18.Trayon Bobb 55th minute), 35.Israel Honore

Unused substitutes: 34.D'Eandre Villaroel, 24.Kyle Mack

St. Ann's Rangers: 3.Al Davidson, 6.Shaquille Moses, 7.Sayid Freitas, 8.Sedale Mc Lean, 9.Keron Cornwall, 15.Seon Thomas (4.Jelani Peters 56th minute), 16.David Williams 33.Kadeem Corbin 39th minute), 22.Christopher Biggette (GK), 13.Jameel Antoine, 33.Devon Modeste (11.Josh Toussaint 39th minute), 35.Ryan O'Neil

Unused substitutes: 31.Joshua Sylvester

Coach: Ron La Forest

Match Referee: Nicholas Gloudon

Point Fortin Civic: 1.Marvin Phillip (GK), 3.Steven Joseph, 6.Akeem Redhead, 7.Kelvin Modeste, 8.Nickcolson Thomas, 10.Marcus Joseph (9.Matthew Bartholomew 79th minute), 11.Andre Toussaint, 12.Glenn Sutton, 15.Rondell Paul (25.Kemo Hodge 86th minute), 23.Kevin Rouse, 99.Shackiel Henry

Unused substitutes: 18.Trent Lougheed, 25.Kemo Hodge, 26.Wrenn Hector, 27.Bevon Bass, 52.Akini Adams (GK)

Coach: Leroy De Leon

Police FC: 1.Kareem Freitas, 2.Jasimar Ashers, 6.Kenaz Williams, 7.Makesi Lewis, 17.Dexter Alleyne, 18.Adrian Foncette (GK), 19.Christon Thomas (29.Clevon Mc Fee 76th minute), 20.Elijah Belgrave, 21.Todd Ryan (5.Anton Hutchinson 69th minute), 23.Shaquille Nesbitt (39.Kevin Lewis 83rd minute), 24.Jibri Mc David

Unused substitutes: 8.Kurdell Braithwaite, 10.Trevin Latapy, 40.Sharkeel Donatien, 22.Isaiah Farrel

Coach: Richard Hood

Match Referee: Rodphin Harris