Central unbeaten in nine after eking out 1-0 league win over Sando

Central FC forward Nicholas Dillon (right) during action against MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy on September 23, 2015 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Trinidad for their second-leg group stage match of the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League.Central FC forward Nicholas Dillon (right) during action against MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy on September 23, 2015 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Trinidad for their second-leg group stage match of the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League.

Wednesday 27 October 2015

Teenaged forward Nicholas Dillon grabbed his first goal of the season with a second half strike last night (Tuesday) at the Mahaica Oval to earn defending champions Central FC a marginal 1-0 win over Club Sando in Round One Match Day Three Digicel Pro League (DPL) 2015-16.

The 18-year-old Dillon, who recently returned to Trinidad following a three-week trial at U.S. club Portland Timbers, scored in the 65th minute to give Central the match-winning item over the side they defeated five days ago, 4-0 in the semi-final round of the First Citizens Cup (FCC) 2015.

Despite the slim margin, it also meant a nine-game undefeated streak – in all competitions – for coach Ross Russell’s players ahead of Friday’s FCC final clash against Couva-rivals W Connection from 8 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

Connection, last season’s DPL runners-up, were also in action at the Mahaica Oval last night but had to settle for a goalless draw against home side Point Fortin Civic in the second match of the venue’s double header.

Connection (3 points) are unbeaten in their last five games, in all competitions, but occupy sixth position on the league table after three draws in as many matches, while Civic (4 points) are fifth.

Central leads the table but only ahead of North East Stars (7 points) on a slim goal-difference, while Police FC and Defence Force, both with 5 points, are third and fourth respectively, following wins last night.

In the lone match contested at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Jomoul Francois scored a late winner to give North East Stars a 2-1 win over visiting St. Ann’s Rangers to take temporary lead.

Rangers, coached this season by former Stars’ coach Angus Eve, had equalised in the 75th minute through Kadeem Hutchinson after Neveal Hackshaw put the home side ahead in the 39th minute.

But Francois’ strike in the 86th minute snatched victory for North East Stars and their new coach this season, Roland Clarke.

In the day’s other games, hosted at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Police FC defeated Morvant Caledonia United 2-1 before Defence Force edged San Juan Jabloteh 1-0.

Police took the lead through Kareem Freitas, the forward netting his third league goal this season in the 16th minute.

However seconds before the stroke of half-time, MCU’s Guyanese international Sheldon Holder rifled the ball into the roof of goalkeeper Adrian Foncette’s net to tie the scores 1-1.

Police, who were denied numerous times by MCU goalkeeper Marvin Phillip, finally had the ball in the back of the Trinidad and Tobago shot-stopper’s net again in the 76th minute for the 2-1 win.

Forward Keon Wilson, who five minutes earlier replaced Jameel Perry, had picked MCU captain and wingback Kareem Joseph on the left before sending a perfect strike into Phillip’s far netting.

The Lawmen were unlucky not to score again five minutes from time when an effort from Christon Thomas rattled the crossbar.

And in keenly contested clash between Defence Force and Jabloteh, a 31st minute goal by Ross Russell Jr. gave Army their first league win this season after two opening draws.

Russell Jr. was at the right place at the right time to direct an Aklie Edwards effort into goalkeeper Raheem Belgrave’s net following a low corner into the area by Kerry Joseph.

Jabloteh had themselves to blame after wasting on two excellent scoring opportunities before the interval.

Nathan Lewis had goalkeeper Sheldon Clarke at his mercy in the 36th minute but the talented midfielder opted to square a pass in search of an oncoming Kennedy Hinkson, who failed to connect.

Lewis later won his side a penalty in the 45th minute after he was brought down by Clarke, however the Defence Force goalie redeemed himself with a superb diving save on his left to deny midfielder Keyon Edwards from the penalty spot.

Defence Force thought they too had won a penalty in the 64th minute when substitute Richard Roy was brought down at the edge of the six yard area in a one-on-one with goalkeeper Belgrave, however referee Crystal Sobers wasn’t convinced.

Instead, Defence Force had to settle for the three points by way of the slim 1-0 win in the end.

Digicel Pro League 2015-16
Round One Match Day Three results
Tuesday 27 October 2015
North East Stars 2 (Neveal Hackshaw 39’, Jomoul Francois 86’) vs St. Ann’s Rangers 1 (Kadeem Hutchinson 75’); at Larry Gomes Stadium

Club Sando 0 vs Central FC 1 (Nicholas Dillon 65’); at Mahaica Oval
Point Fortin Civic 0 vs W Connection 0

Morvant Caledonia United 1 (Sheldon Holder 45’) vs Police FC 2 (Kareem Freitas 16’, Keon Wilson 76’); at Ato Boldon Stadium

Defence Force 1 (Ross Russell Jr. 31’) vs San Juan Jabloteh 0 (); at Ato Boldon Stadium

Teams at the Ato Boldon Stadium
Morvant Caledonia United: 1.Marvin Phillip (GK), 3.Ranaldo Bailey, 4.Ordell Flemming, 9.Eugine Kirwan (Yellow Card), 10.Sheldon Holder, 12.Kareem Joseph, 13.Kyle Bartholomew (24.Gregory President 82nd minute), 14.Kennedy Isles (18.Akeem Roach 69th minute), 21.Densill Theobald, 23.Shaquille Edwards, 29.Kareem Knights (22.Jameel Neptune 46th minute)

Unused substitutes: 2.Shomari Antoine, 5.Daniel Whyte, 11.Abdallah Phillips, 30.Anthony Whyte (GK)

Coach: Jerry Moe

Police FC: 2.Jasimar Ashers, 5.Anton Hutchinson, 6.Jibri Mc David, 10.Kareem Freitas, 14.Kaaaron Foster (9.Makesi Lewis 55th minute), 15.Jameel Perry (16.Keon Wilson 72nd minute), 22.Adrian Foncette (GK), 19.Christon Thomas, 20.Elijah Belgrave, 21.Todd Ryan (Capt), 4.Kadeem Boyce (11.Shaquille Nesbitt 68th minute)

Unused substitutes: 1.Akeemo Williams (GK), 8.Kurdell Brathwaite, 12.Kevin Lewis, 18.Dylon King

Coach: Richard Hood

Referee: Rodphin Harris

Defence Force: 8.Curtis Gonzales, 12.Jemel Sebro (7.Jelani Felix 60th minute), 13.Marvin Jones, 16.Kellon Serette (26.Richard Roy 58th minute), 17.Ross Russell Jr., 21.Aklie Edwards, 23.Kerry Joseph (9.Devorn Jorsling 76th minute), 25.Sheldon Clarke (GK), 30.Kishun Seecharan, 52.Stephan Campbell, 99.Jerwyn Balthazar (Capt.)

Unused substitutes: 4.Dave Long, 18.Sean Narcis, 80.Aaron Enill (GK)

Coach: Marvin Gordon

San Juan Jabloteh: 36.Raheem Belgrave (GK), 8.Keyon Edwards (10.Tyrone Charles 46th minute), 5.Rickcardo Harriott, 23.Kennedy Hinkson (7.Jamal Gay 80th minute), 27.Nathan Lewis, 24.Adrian Reid, 13.Fabian Reid, 21.Aquil Selby, 4.Garth Thomas (15.Jerome Mc Intrye 80th minute), 16.Kaashif Thomas, 11.Damian Williams (Capt.)

Unused substitutes: 14.Sean Bonval, 35.Andrew Durant, 6.Ramone Mc Gregor

Coach: Keith Jeffrey

Match Referee: Crystal Sobers