Category: Central FC

Central cruise to victory over Police; Couva Sharks close in on rivals Connection for Pro League crown

​Central FC attacker and captain Darren Mitchell, left, shields the ball from Police FC forward Kareem Perry during their Digicel Pro League clash at the Larry Gomes Stadium on Jan. 18, 2017.

Wednesday 18 January 2017

Jason Marcano, Darren Mitchell and Kishun Seecharan all found the back of the net as two-time defending Digicel Pro League champions Central FC rebounded from last weekend's defeat at Ma Pau Stars to hammer Police FC 3-0 on Wednesday afternoon.

Central (35 points), who have a game in hand against Defence Force, moved within two points of leaders W Connection (37 points) with just three regular games left in the 2016-17 league campaign.

Connection took charge of the two-team title chase last weekend with a 4-1 win over Defence Force while bitter Couva rivals Central slipped following their first league defeat of the season, 2-0 against the Stars.

But the Couva Sharks were prepared to bounce back from early on and grabbed the lead at the Larry Gomes Stadium through attacker Marcano who headed past Police goalkeeper Adrian Foncette in the 10th minute.

Following a volley of first half chances on either end, coach Dale Saunders' men finally got the desired 2-0 cushion on the stroke of half-time—Mitchell completing Jem Gordon's right side move by hitting into the far bottom corner of Foncette's net.

Mitchell was denied another by Foncette on the hour mark, but Central, who strengthened their attempt for a third consecutive league this season with the signing of former MLS defender Julius James and the return of winger Winchester, were already leading 3-0.
No entry! ​Police FC defender Elijah Belgrave (#20) upends Central winger Rundell Winchester with a sliding challenge during their Digicel Pro League clash at the Larry Gomes Stadium on Jan. 18, 2017.
Foncette's barrier of blue shirts failed him again, and Seecharan completed a tap in from close up three minutes after the break off another Winchester cross from the right.

Foncette was lucky eight minutes from time when Marcano headed onto the crossbar, and a minute later substitute Johan Peltier struck wide off a well-placed Marcano cross as Central, who returns to the Malabar venue on Saturday against Point Fortin Civic, continued their dominance.

Police, meanwhile, struggling this season without injured striker Makesi Lewis, remain slumped in seventh position on 16 points.

Coach Richard Hood's pairing of attacking brothers Jameel and Kareem Perry up front failed to produce the goods for the Lawmen, who returns to the Larry Gomes Stadium on Sunday against sixth-positioned Club Sando.

Third-positioned San Juan Jabloteh (26 points), who were virtually knocked out of the race for a top-two finish by bottom-of-the-table Civic on Tuesday, will meet St. Ann's Rangers in the first game of a double-header at the Ato Boldon Stadium Stadium on Friday, followed by Ma Pau Stars against Defence Force.

Also on Friday, Morvant Caledonia United will welcome leaders Connection at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. (See full Round Two Match Day Six results and upcoming R2M7 fixtures below)

Digicel Pro League 2016-17
Full Round Two Match Day Six results
(Wednesday 18 January 2017)
Police FC 0 vs Central FC 3 (Jason Marcano 10’, Darren Mitchell 45’, Kishun Seecharan 48’) at Larry Gomes Stadium.

(Tuesday 17 January 2017)
Ma Pau Stars 2 (Jerrel Britto 78’, Nicholas Thomas 85’) vs Club Sando 2 (Akeem Humphrey 55’, Kemuel Rivers 65’ penalty) at Larry Gomes Stadium;

Point Fortin Civic 4 (Darnell Hospedales 3’, 17’, 89’, Nion Lammy 39’) vs San Juan Jabloteh 2 (Elijah Manners 50’, Nathan Lewis 68’) at Mahaica Oval; 

St. Ann’s Rangers 0 vs W Connection 1 (Dimitrie Apai 20’) at Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Defence Force 1 (Aklie Edwards 60’) vs Morvant Caledonia United 1 (Dylon King 26’) at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Upcoming Digicel Pro League fixtures
Round Two Match Day Seven
(Friday 20 January 2017)
Ato Boldon Stadium
St. Ann’s Rangers vs San Juan Jabloteh—6pm
Ma Pau Stars vs Defence Force—8pm

Hasely Crawford Stadium
Morvant Caledonia United vs W Connection—6pm

(Saturday 21 Janyary 2017)
Larry Gomes Stadium
Central FC vs Point Fortin Civic—3:30pm

(Sunday 22 January 2017)
Larry Gomes Stadium
Police FC vs Club Sando—3:30pm
Police FC defender Dexter Alleyne, right, clears the ball ahead of ​Central FC winger Kishun Seecharan during their Digicel Pro League clash at the Larry Gomes Stadium on Jan. 18, 2017.

Digicel Pro League 2016-17 standings

Rank

Team

MP

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Points

 

1

W Connection

15

12

1

2

44

13

31

37

 

2

Central FC

14

11

2

1

29

13

16

35

 

3

San Juan Jabloteh

15

8

2

5

27

21

6

26

 

4

Ma Pau Stars

15

6

4

5

29

27

2

22

 

5

Defence Force

14

6

2

6

22

23

-1

20

 

6

Club Sando

15

5

3

7

23

27

-4

18

 

7

Police FC

15

4

4

7

30

29

1

16

 

8

St. Ann’s Rangers

15

4

4

7

20

25

-5

16

 

9

Morvant Caledonia Utd.

15

2

5

8

18

26

-8

11

 

10

Point Fortin Civic

15

1

3

11

15

53

-38

6

 



Teams at the Larry Gomes Stadium on Wednesday

Police FC: 18.Adrian Foncette (GK), 3.Ryan O’Neil, 7.Kareem Perry (Yellow Card), 10.Kareem Freitas, 15.Jameel Perry (Yellow Card) (5.Anton Hutchinson 78th minute), 17.Dexter Alleyne, 19.Christon Thomas (2.Akiel Thomas 60th minute), 20.Elijah Belgrave (Yellow Card), 21.Todd Ryan (Capt.), 25.Kenaz Williams (14.Kaaron Foster 67th minute), 38.Nequan Caruth.

Unused substitutes: 13.Dillon Kirton, 22.Theon Browne (GK), 39.Joshua Leach, 42.Wendell Joseph.

Coach: Richard Hood

Central FC: 21.Jan-Michael Williams (GK) (Yellow Card), 3.Keion Goodridge, 5.Keston George, 6.Leston Paul (29.Jabari Casaquero 87th minute), 7.Jason Marcano, 11.Darren Mitchell (Capt.), 12.Kishun Seecharan (10.Keron Cummings 73rd minute)(Yellow Card), 24.Kevon Villaroel, 26.Mickaeel Jem Gordon, 33.Julius James (Yellow Card), 77.Rundell Winchester (17.Johan Peltier 79th minute).

Unused substitutes: 30.Akel Clarke (GK), 15.Kaydion Gabriel, 18.Rhondel Gibson, 45.Tyrik John.

Coach: Dale Saunders

Referee: CJ O’Brien
Assistant Referee 1: Darren Archibald
Assistant Referee 2: Gregory Lewis
Fourth Official: Keilon Bacchus