‘Couva Sharks’ hunt three points but wary Rangers

Marvin Oliver, second from left, is congratulated after completing his double during Central FC's 7-0 win over St. Ann's Rangers in Round One last September.
Issued on Thursday 15 January 2015

Central FC head coach Zoran Vranes says he expects every team to come hard at the “Couva Sharks” and cellar-positioned St. Rangers aren’t the exception.

Central, winners of the Digicel Pro League inaugural Round One – Rawle Fletcher Trophy by edging rivals and defending champions DIRECTV W Connection for the title, will face Rangers from 6 pm on Friday before Caledonia AIA take on Point Fortin Civic from 8 pm as Round Two Match Day One kicks off with a double header at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

On Saturday the action continues with a double header at the Marvin Lee Stadium when Defence Force meet third-positioned North East Stars from 5 pm and Play Whe San Juan Jabloteh against Police FC from 7 pm.

While Connection, who are locked at 5 wins-2 draws-1 loss, 17 points, and equal Goal Difference as leaders Central at the end of the round but one spot behind due to lesser Goals Scored, sits out on the bye.

When both sides met last September in Round One, Central mauled Rangers 7-0 with veteran Marvin Oliver scoring twice while Dwight Quintero, Jason Marcano, Nathaniel Garcia, Sean de Silva and Kaydion Gabriel were also on the score sheet.

“It was first game and we played very well,” Vranes explained. “But I don’t expect an easy game from Rangers on Friday. They are developing nicely but of course they have some weakness which I will try to use in our favour.”

Vranes said his main focus is to simply win on Friday, adding, “Firstly we have to win and after that whatever the result, big or small. They (Rangers) are not so bad and their last couple games in the league were close.”

Caledonia meanwhile are hoping to rebound against Civic following Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat against North East Stars, who leapfrogged the Morvant/Laventille side for third position at the end of Round One.

Civic were 2-0 winners over Police in their last match with the “Lawmen” taking away a bigger casualty than the score-line after losing defender Christon Thomas to a broken cheekbone around the 70th minute.

Thomas is expected to undergo surgery at the Port of Spain General Hospital on Friday and will out for a minimum of six weeks. Thomas now joins the injury-listed Kaaron Foster (ankle) and Trent Noel (foot).

Police head coach Richard Hood, who acquired the attacking players Shaquille Nesbit and Makesi Lewis during the transfer window, is hoping to have his team’s scoring problems rectified, beginning with Saturday’s match against Jabloteh.

Digicel Pro League 2014-2015
Round Two Match Day One
Friday 16 January 2015
Ato Boldon Stadium
Central FC vs St. Ann’s Rangers—6 pm
Caledonia AIA vs Point Fortin Civic—8 pm

Saturday 17 January 2015
Marvin Lee Stadium
Defence Force vs North East Stars—5 pm
San Juan Jabloteh vs Police FC—7 pm

W Connection (bye)