Turncoats Keyon Edwards and Tyrone Charles star as Jabloteh edge Morvant Caledonia

Flashback: Keyon Edwards (left) representing Morvant Caledonia United under the club's former name Caledonia AIA in 2014.

Sunday 27 September 2015

Even with a new name, a revamped squad, and the return of marquee player Densill Theobald, Morvant Caledonia United (MCU) kicked off their 2015-2016 campaign with a loss, while neighbouring rivals Play Whe San Juan Jabloteh joined defending Digicel Pro League champions Central FC and North East Stars in winners’ row on the weekend.

Jabloteh edged MCU 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Hasely Crawford Stadium courtesy goals from former Cale’ players Keyon Edwards and Tyrone Charles.

Both players were among six former MCU players in coach Keith Jeffrey’s starting Jabloteh line-up in the Round One Match Day One fixture of the Digicel Pro League.

While MCU, with Theobald, the 33-year-old Trinidad and Tobago 2006 World Cup player returning home following a stint in India with Royal Wahingdoh last season, was still short of inspiration against the class-act of Edwards.

The 31-year-old Edwards, who represented MCU last season, put the hurt on his former employers in the 27th minute when he volleyed past goalkeeper Marvin Phillip from a left side cross swung in by wingback and captain Damien Williams of Jamaica.

That first half lead, however, was short-lived.

Only two minutes later MCU veteran Kareem Joseph, occupying left-midfield instead of his usual right-back, weaved his way past three defenders to find Sheldon Holder in the box and the Guyana international made no mistake in hitting past former Cale’ club-mate and Grenada national team goalie, Shemel Louison to tie the scores 1-1.

But Louison was part of the happier side at the final whistle thanks to an 80th minute headed goal by 26-year-old Charles for a 2-1 Jabloteh win.

Charles, who had represented MCU in 2013-2014, capitalised on poor defending at the back-post. The former Central FC, St. Ann’s Rangers and North East Stars player met a deep Kennedy Hinkson free-kick to head past Phillip, who joined MCU in pre-season from Point Fortin Civic.

Jabloteh, winners of last season’s Toyota Classic and sixth-placed DPL finishers, had more looks on goal than their opponents but forward Jamal Gay, another former MCU signing, failed to trouble Phillip on three separate occasions and an earlier Charles’ free-kick flew just overbar.

Other former MCU players clad in the Jabloteh green were Nathan Lewis and Aquil Selby. They are among newcomers Ramone Mc Gregor, Ricardo Harriott, Hinkson and unused substitute Jordan Devonish.

While some new additions at MCU includes Canadian-born brothers Daniel and Anthony Whyte, the latter in goalkeeping, Ronaldo Bailey (Barbados), Ordell Flemming (St. Kitts & Nevis), Otev Lawrence (St Lucia), Eugine Kirwan (Antigua & Barbuda), Jamaal Harvey (Guyana), Gregory President (St. Lucia), former Rangers midfielder Kennedy Isles (St. Kitts & Nevis) and former Defence Force winger Akeem Roach.

On Friday night at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Rangers held Defence Force to a 1-1 draw; the same result last season’s runners-up W Connection were held on Saturday by Police at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.

Also on Saturday, North East Stars defeated DPL newcomers, Club Sando, 2-0 at the Larry Gomes Stadium and Central overcame a physical contest 3-0 at Point Fortin Civic.

Now all ten Pro League clubs will turn their focus on the 2015 First Citizens Cup which will be launched on Monday 28 September to reveal the qualifier match-ups and quarterfinal round.

Central are two-time defending First Citizens Cup champions. The title was one of four major trophies — seven overall — captured by the "Couva Sharks" last season.

Digicel Pro League 2015-2016
Round One Match Day One results
Friday
Hasely Crawford Stadium
Defence Force 1 (Jerwyn Balthazar 45’+2) vs St. Ann’s Rangers 1 (Miguel Romeo 45’)

Saturday
Mannie Ramjohn Stadium
W Connection 1 (Andre Toussaint 83’) vs Police FC 1 (Makesi Lewis 84’)

Larry Gomes Stadium
North East Stars 2 (Alanzo Adlan 17’, Adrian Noel 59’) vs Club Sando 0

Mahaica Oval
Point Fortin Civic 0 vs Central FC 3 (Willis Plaza 28’, Sean de Silva 63’, 70’)

Sunday
Hasely Crawford Stadium
Morvant Caledonia United 1 (Sheldon Holder 29’) vs San Juan Jabloteh 2 (Keyon Edwards 27’, Tyrone Charles 80’)

Digicel Pro League 2015-2016

Current standings after Round One Match Day One

Rank

Team

MP

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Points

 

1

Central FC

1

1

0

0

3

0

3

3

 

2

North East Stars

1

1

0

0

2

0

2

3

 

3

San Juan Jabloteh

1

1

0

0

2

1

1

3

 

4

Defence Force

1

0

1

0

1

1

0

1

 

5

W Connection

1

0

1

0

1

1

0

1

 

6

Police FC

1

0

1

0

1

1

0

1

 

7

St. Ann’s Rangers

1

0

1

0

1

1

0

1

 

8

Morvant Caledonia United

1

0

0

1

1

2

-1

0

 

9

Club Sando

1

0

0

1

0

2

-2

0

 

10

Point Fortin Civic

1

0

0

1

0

3

-3

0

Teams at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Sunday

Morvant Caledonia United: 1.Marvin Phillip (GK), 18.Akeem Roach, 21.Densill Theobald, 24.Gregory President (20.Jamaal Harvey 52nd minute), 22.Jameel Neptune, 12.Kareem Joseph (Capt.), 8.Kareem Knights (28.Purnell Schultz 84th minute), 16.Ordell Flemming, 15.Otev Lawrence, 3.Ronaldo Bailey, 10.Sheldon Holder (14.Kennedy Isles 65th minute)

Unused substitutes: 30.Anthony Whyte (GK), 5.Daniel Whyte, 23.Shaquille Edwards, 2.Shomari Antoine

Technical Director: Jamaal Shabazz; Coach: Jerry Moe

San Juan Jabloteh: 10.Tyrone Charles, 8.Keyon Edwards (6.Ramone Mc Gregor 84th minute), 7.Jamal Gay (13.Fabian Reid minute), 23.Kennedy Hinkson, 27.Nathan Lewis, 30.Shemel Louison (GK), 15.Jerome Isaiah Mc Intyre, 18.Jevon Morris, 24.Adrian Reid, 21.Aquil Selby, 11.Damian Williams (Capt.) (5.Ricardo Harriott 82nd minute)

Unused substitutes: 36.Raheem Belgrave (GK), 12.Jordan Devonish, 22.Caleb Sturge, 16.Kaashif Thomas

Coach: Keith Jeffrey