Glen salvages point for Stars as Police fail to ‘lock up’; Central's Byers bags beaver-trick against T&TEC

Glen salvages point for Stars as Police fail to ‘lock up’; Central's Byers bags beaver-trick against T&TECIn form North East Stars forward Cornell Glen notched his 15th Digicel Pro League item on Saturday night to rescue the Sangre Grande club to a 2-2 draw against Police FC in the first match of a Round Three Match Day Three double header at the Marvin Lee Stadium.

And in the second contest, Antigua and Barbuda international Peter Byers bagged four goals in a 5-0 Central FC win over cellar positioned T&TEC FC.

Byers opened the scoring four minutes before the break after picking up a Jason Marcano pass and skipping past two defenders before slipping a low strike past goalkeeper Akini Adams for the 1-0 advantage.

And the bulky forward completed his beaver-trick with three items in the second period following a 55th minute penalty strike by teammate Marvin Oliver after Marcano was tripped inside the area by defender Antuan John.

Marcano, contributed in yet another item, when he fed Byers for a quick turn and finish past Adams in the 60th minute, and twenty minutes later (80th minute) the Antiguan knocked in a right side Darren Mitchell cross for his team's fourth.

Glen salvages point for Stars as Police fail to ‘lock up’; Central's Byers bags beaver-trick against T&TECByers later wrapped up his scoring in the 86th minute when his attempt to send a low cross towards substitute Hector Sam was cut out by a T&TEC defender and back on his feet for an easy tap in from close range.

The result improved Central to 26 points, however the “Sharks” remained fifth on the standings.

Stars too, failed to climb the ladder remaining fourth with 28 points, and were lucky to even walk away with a point against a commendable Police performance.

The “Lawmen” dominated for most parts and took a come-from-behind lead with a pair of late goals by Todd Ryan, netting in the 80th and 82nd minutes.

But in the fourth and final minute of injury time, re-called Trinidad and Tobago international won a penalty blow out of referee Joel Davidson after going down on a challenge by Noel Williams.

Glen, who replaced Kerry Baptiste following the break, then slammed the penalty strike into the roof of the net beating goalkeeper Adisa Alleyne to level the scores 2-2.

Much earlier, Ryan was actually denied by defender Elton John three minutes inside the second period, and following a scuffle for the rebound, Kareem Perry blasted wide from inside the six yard area.

However the deadlock was broken by North East Stars in the 61st minute when a communication lapse between goalkeeper Alleyne and defender Karlon Murray, saw the later muff at a clearance and Marcus Gomez took full advantage blasting into the net.

Nine minutes later Ryan with a cracker from distance was denied by the finger tips of Stars’ goalie Cleon John who preserved the Sangre Grande club’s one-goal advantage.

Only as far as the 80th minute when Ryan converted from the spot in a controversial call by referee Davidson, for what looked like dangerous play on the part of defender Elton John.

And two minutes later Ryan curled a strike out of goalkeeper John's reach and into the far netting after a clearance by defender John fell to his feet above the area.

The "Lawmen" continued to enjoy ball possession as a victory seemed imminent, until that final minute of injury time when Glen had the Stars level.

North East Stars 2—2 Police FC
Marcus Gomez 61’, Cornell Glen 90’+(pen)  ;  Todd Ryan 80’(pen), 82’

North East Stars—Cleon John(gk)(capt.), Elton John(Yellow Card), Kareem Moses(Yellow Card), Kennedy Hinkson, Keryn Navarro, Akeil Guevara(Keithy Simpson 46th minute), Jeromie Williams, Marcus Gomez, Elijah Manners, Kerry Baptiste(Cornell Glen 46th minute), Jayson Joseph(Kaashif Thomas 75th minute)

Coach—Angus Eve

Police FC—Adisa Alleyne(gk), Todd Ryan, Elijah Belgrave, Karlon Murray, Jasimar Ashers, Jameel Perry(Yellow Card)(Makesi Lewis 55th minute), Kenaz Williams, Noel Williams, Kareem Perry(Yellow Card)(Christon Thomas 64th minute), Akiba Peters(Dexter Alleyne 46th minute), Trent Noel

Coach—Richard Hood

Central FC 5—0 T&TEC FC
Peter Byers 41’, 60’, 80’, 86’, Marvin Oliver 55’(pen)

Central FC—Marvin Phillip(gk)(capt.), Keion Goodridge, Hayden Tinto(Hector Sam 79th minute), Anthony Wolfe(Rennie Britto 75th minute), Marvin Oliver(Yellow Card)(Sayid Frietas 69th minute), Peter Byers, Carey Harris, Adrian Noel, Jason Marcano, Weslie John, Darren Mitchell

Coach—Terry Fenwick

T&TEC FC—Akini Adams(gk), Cebastian Bailey, Eustace Darius, Daniel Garcia(Keeron Benito 61st minute), Tigana Sparks, Bevon Bass(Husani Thomas 76th minute), Simeon Augustus(Sylvester Teesdale 61st minute), Brent Garcia, Givon John, Nathaniel Garcia, Antuan John(Yellow Card)

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