De Silva brace leads Central to victory over D/Force; Stars go level on top as Connection suffer own-goal defeat

​File Photo: Central FC midfielder Sean De Silva.

Sean De Silva grabbed his second and third goals of the 2017 Pro League season last night to steer three-time defending champions, Central FC, to a comfortable 4-0 win over Defence Force.

De Silva, the Couva Sharks captain of this season and one of the few surviving players of last season’s historic three-peat champions, scored an uninterrupted second-half double, netting in the 64th and 73rd minutes.

Johan Peltier and Nathaniel Garcia completed the comfortable Central win with goals in the 79th and 84th minutes respectively in the second game of a double-header at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

The result moved coach Dale Saunders’ men—attempting to rewrite history with a fourth consecutive league crown this term—up a spot into third, where they trail rivals W Connection and North East Stars by two points and are tied on seven points with San Juan Jabloteh, who are against MIC-IT St. Ann’s Rangers from 4pm today (Saturday) at the Larry Gomes Stadium.

Pro League 2017 standings

#

Team

MP

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

 

1

W Connection

4

3

0

1

6

3

3

9

 

2

North East Stars

3

3

0

0

4

1

3

9

 

3

Central FC

3

2

1

0

9

0

9

7

 

4

San Juan Jabloteh

3

2

1

0

2

0

2

7

 

5

Police FC

4

1

2

1

3

3

0

5

 

6

Morvant Caledonia

4

1

1

2

3

4

-1

4

 

7

Defence Force

4

1

0

3

2

7

-5

3

 

8

St. Ann’s Rangers

2

0

1

1

1

2

-1

1

 

9

Club Sando

3

0

1

2

3

6

-3

1

 

10

Point Fortin Civic

4

0

1

3

2

9

-7

1

 


Simultaneously, North East Stars were celebrating a third straight win courtesy a narrow 1-0 victory over visitors Morvant Caledonia United at the Arima Velodrome to go level on 9 points with leaders Connection.
​File Photo: Rundell Winchester celebrates scoring for Central FC during the 2016/17 Pro League season.
Former Central FC star forward Rundell Winchester netted his second consecutive winner for North East Stars three minutes before the break.

The 23-year-old lightening-paced Tobagonian forward beat Morvant Caledonia goalkeeper Glenroy Samuel to a ball in the box before heading into an open net.

Derek King’s side remained unchanged from Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Defence Force in Couva and provided the Arima fans -- who turned up in the hundreds again -- another three points.

Morvant Caledonia (4 points), despite being an improved side this season, were again let down by another mistake and slipped a spot into sixth, one point behind Police FC, who climbed two spots with their first ever league win over W Connection under coach Richard Hood.

Elsewhere Point Fortin Civic picked up their first point this season after four attempts, holding visitors Club Sando to a 1-1 draw at Mahaica Oval.

Kevon Piper had put Sando ahead on 33 minutes but two minutes later Kevin Rouse levelled Civic, who must next travel to Ato Boldon Stadium against Defence Force on 11 July. (See upcoming fixtures below.)

Trinidad and Tobago Pro League 2017
Round One Match Day Four
Friday (30 June 2017) results
Police FC 1 (Gerard Williams Own Goal 55') vs W Connection 0, at Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Defence Force 0 vs Central FC 4 (Sean De Silva 64', 73', Johan Peltier 79', Nathaniel Garcia 84'), at Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Point Fortin Civic 1 (Kevin Rouse 35') vs Club Sando 1 (Kevon Piper 33'), at Mahaica Oval;

North East Stars 1 (Rundell Winchester 42') vs Morvant Caledonia United 0, at Arima Velodrome.

Upcoming fixtures

Round One Match Day Four
(Saturday 01 July 2017)

Larry Gomes Stadium
San Juan Jabloteh vs St. Ann’s Rangers—6pm

Rescheduled Round One Match Day Two
(Tuesday 04 July 2017)
Ato Boldon Stadium
Club Sando vs MIC-IT St. Ann’s Rangers—6pm

Round One Match Day Five
(Friday 07 July 2017)
Ato Boldon Stadium
Club Sando vs Police FC—6pm
W Connection vs San Juan Jabloteh—8pm

(Saturday 08 July 2017)
St. Augustine Secondary School Ground
MIC-IT St. Ann’s Rangers vs North East Stars—4pm

Larry Gomes Stadium
Morvant Caledonia United vs Central FC—4pm

(Tuesday 11 July 2017)
Ato Boldon Stadium
Defence Force vs Point Fortin Civic—6pm

Teams at the Arima Velodrome on Friday night


North East Stars: 30.Akel Clarke (GK), 3.Kevon Villaroel, 6.Leston Paul, 7.Kishun Seecharan (23.Akeem Garcia 46th minute) (Yellow Card), 11.Rundell Winchester (Yellow Card), 12.Elton John (Capt.), 14.Jomoul Francois (4.Kerry Baptiste 61st minute), 15.Seon Thomas (Yellow Card), 17.Kordell Samuel (8.Adrian Noel 90th + 3 minute), 20.Yohance Marshall, 22.Jameel Neptune.

Unused substitutes: 1.Jabari Bryce (GK), 16.Giovanni Abraham, 19.Jelani Felix, 24.Jabari Brathwaite.

Coach: Derek King

Morvant Caledonia United: 1.Glenroy Samuel (GK), 2.Murilo Barbosa, 6.Taje Commissiong, 8.Anthony Charles, 12.Kareem Joseph (Capt.), 17.Kerry Daniel(Yellow Card), 18.Maestro Mensah, 20.Kareem Baptiste, 22.Joshua Alexander (11.Quincy Ballah 67th minute), 28.Renaldo Francis, 29.Kelsey Benjamin (5.Joshua Sylvester 77th minute).

Unused substitutes: 31.DeJourn Charles (GK), 14.Simeon Bailey, 16.Malik Mieres, 19.Yahaya Amuzu, 27.Alexis Blackwell.

Coach: Jamaal Shabazz

Officials
Referee: Gyasi Mc Donald
Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Lewis
Assistant Referee 2: Nicholas Augustus
Fourth Official: Nicholai Nyron
Match Commissioner: Lisia Lewis