Bitter rivalry resumes: Central against Connection on common ground

AVCAP TTPL Round 2 Matchday 6 19
Tuesday’s home clash between Central FC and DIRECTV W Connection, from 8.30 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium, the venue they both call home, is more than likely to live up to the expectations.

Apart from the burning rivalry between the Couva-based clubs, and their clashes usually highly anticipated ones, both teams are hunting an important weekday win.

Tuesday’s action kicks off from 6 pm at the Marvin Lee Stadium with North East Stars against San Juan Jabloteh, and from 6. 30 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium Police FC hosts St. Ann’s Rangers in a teaser for the match that follows.

Central, coming off Friday’s hard-fought 1-1 draw against North East Stars, are hoping to snap a five-match winless streak, and improve their sixth position on the standings.

While Connection are keen on returning to winning ways and extend their lead at the top, after going under 2-0 against Point Fortin Civic in their last match, over a week ago, which also happens to be coach Stuart Charles Fevrier only defeat of the 2013/2014 Digicel Pro League campaign.

Connection, winners of this season’s Digicel Charity Shield, Toyota Classic and FA Trophy, are highly favoured to lift the league title, and leads the standings with 32 points, nine clear of second positioned Point Fortin Civic.

Connection and Central have met three times already this season. Central defeated the “Savonnetta Boys” 4-2 last October in a penalty shootout after a goalless semi-final round meet en route to lifting the First Citizens Cup. But Connection fired back with a 1-0 first round league win in December, and in the same month defeated the “Sharks” 6-5 in a penalty shootout in the Final of the FA Trophy after a 2-2 draw.

Since then, Central have boosted its roster during the mid-season transfer window with the likes of T&T internationals Ataullah Guerra and Willis Plaza, ex-T&T international Yohance Marshall, Defence Force utility player Samuel Delice and former T&T Youth World Cup players Sean de Silva and Leston Paul, adding to a lineup that already includes Marvin Oliver, Rundell Winchester, Dwight Quintero, Jason Marcano, Johan Peltier, Jan-Michael Williams, Jamal Jack, Elton John and Akeem Benjamin.

However Coach Terry Fenwick’s star-studded roster only managed five draws in as many matches since the turn of the new year.

Connection, meanwhile, welcomed the return of striker Shahdon Winchester for a brief stay until March, and also signed Surinamese Dimitrie Apai, 19, Cameroonian Kenneth Mendi Nzonteu, 19, and four St Lucians Shanoi Shawn Evans, 19, Levi Francis, 20, Eden Henderson Charles, 20, and Jamil Myron Joseph, 22, all with the view of development.

Digicel Pro League 2013/2014

Round Two Match Day Seven

Tuesday 11 February 2014

Ato Boldon Stadium

Police FC vs St. Ann’s Rangers—6.30 pm

Central FC vs W Connection—8.30 pm

 

Marvin Lee Stadium
North East Stars vs San Juan Jabloteh—6 pm