Darren Mitchell: Only Central FC can beat Central FC in Pro League title chase

​Photo: Central FC players Kaydion Gabriel, left, and Darren Mitchell, right, celebrates with goal-scorer Jason Marcano during their 2-1 win over Defence Force at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Jan. 24, 2017. Marcano scored the winner from the penalty spot.

Thursday 26 January 2017

Central FC captain Darren Mitchell says a third straight Digicel Pro League crown is in sight for the Couva Sharks with two games left and one point ahead of rivals W Connection.

“W Connection won’t have a chance unless we decide to give up with bad results,” Mitchell said. “It’s all in our hands and the only team that can beat Central FC, are Central FC.”

Central recorded their thirteenth league win of the truncated season with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Defence Force on Tuesday after losing winger Rundell Winchester to a direct red card, and Mitchell admitted the Couva Sharks needed to dig deep against the Army/Coast Guard combination.

​Photo: Central FC midfielder Sean De Silva clears a Defence Force attempt at the line during the Couva Sharks 2-1 win over Defence Force at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Jan. 24, 2017.

“We knew we needed to win,” said the Couva Sharks’ Tobago-born midfielder. “(…) because of the trouble we were in [based on points]. It was all about fighting for the victory and we got the three points. It was a bit tough playing with a man less but we dug deep as a team.”

“It’s now about concentration,” added the Central captain, whose side will clash with St. Ann’s Rangers from 3:30pm on Saturday at the Larry Gomes Stadium before meeting San Juan Jabloteh a week later their final league game.

“We can’t give it up now,” continued Mitchell. “We are one point ahead with two games left.”

​Photo: W Connection forward Jamal Charles, right, tries to win the ball from Morvant Caledonia United defender Otev Lawrence during their Digicel Pro League clash at the Hasely Craawford Stadium training ground on Jan. 20, 2017.

Connection meanwhile, will return to action on Friday against third-positioned Jabloteh from 8pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium and will look to pile the pressure on Central before facing Ma Pau Stars a week later in their final league game.

Connection are currently on a six-game winning streak and according to head coach Stuart Charles Fevrier, his side won’t give up the chase.

“We always try to win every competition; it’s the norm with us,” said the Connection coach during an interview earlier this month. “Our objective is to be competitive and try to win games and competitions. [At this stage] we only have control over our games (…) so we must remain focused.”

Digicel Pro League 2016-17
Round Two Match Day Eight
(Friday 27 January 2017)
Ato Boldon Stadium
Club Sando vs Point Fortin Civic—6pm
W Connection vs San Juan Jabloteh—8pm

(Saturday 28 January 2017)
Larry Gomes Stadium
St. Ann's Rangers vs Central FC—3:30pm
Mannie Ramjohn Stadium
Police FC vs Defence Force—3:30pm

(Sunday 29 January 2017)
Larry Gomes Stadium
Morvant Caledonia United vs Ma Pau Stars—3:30pm

Round Two Match Day Nine (final slate of matches)
(Weekend of February 3-5, 2017)
Point Fortin Civic vs Defence Force
Ma Pau Stars vs W Connection
Police FC vs Morvant Caledonia United
St. Ann’s Rangers vs Club Sando
San Juan Jabloteh vs Central FC