Category: Central FC

Central still in charge despite Sando hiccup

Berkley holds off Central

There was a slight tremor at the top of the standings when mid-table Club Sando held high-flying leaders Central F.C to a draw in the first game on Match Day Two of the second round in the Digicel Pro League. The 1-1 draw on Friday represented only the second time the defending champions failed to grab a win this season but it was not for lack of trying.

Sean DeSilva

It looked ominous early on for Club Sando when Sean De Silva opened the scoring in the 6th minute with a “scissors-like volley” which was worthy of a national team player. The midfielder could have treated himself to another as his team bombarded the Sando goal but he along with his national team colleague Nathanial Garcia and others failed to capitalized on the numerous chances created as a third member of Central’s national team contingent, Jan Michael Williams looked on in agony from his area in goal. As suggested, Club Sando’s custodian Stefan Berkley was a busy man putting in a ‘man of the match’ performance to keep his team in the contest with a gritty display which continued into the second half. His efforts seem to inspire the men from the southland, with the industrious Akeem Roach leading the charge and it was his hard work which lead to a well taken 67th minute equalizer from Keithy Simpson. The Jamaican burying a bullet in the bottom left hand corner of Jan Michael’s goal to set up an exciting finish at the Ato Boldon Stadium. The match remained tight with the best chance falling to Shaquille Holder in add-on time when he was sent through with a pass from deep but the Central goalkeeper flung himself in the path of the resulting rocket with cannoned off his chest and into safety to keep the ‘Sharks’ unbeaten run intact.

Keithy Simpson grabs a point for Club Sando

Second placed W Connection immediately and confidently capitalized on the Central F.C slip-up. The Savonetta Boys dispatching a strong Police F.C squad 3-1 in a match where ‘W’ chose to rest its national players, which meant teenager Isaiah Garcia got a chance in a starting line-up where every player, except captain Gerard Williams, was bone after 1990. Dimitri Apai is Connection’s best player up front in recent times and the young Surinamese opened the scoring in the 53rd minute for Stuart Charles- Fevrier’s team. The score was doubled in the 60th courtesy an audacious chip from Jabari Mitchell much to the chagrin of the other national goalkeeper on show, Adrian Foncette as his Police team mates intensified their protest for an alleged non-call in midfield. Six minutes later it was Shackiel Henry powering in a third for W Connection as they fully took control of the matter. A 66th minute item from Kareem Freitas did give Richard Hood’s team some hope of a salvage effort but the W Connection defence issued a lock-down to ensure they move within four points of the leaders.

Hashim Arcia and Devorn Jorsling do it again

Some interesting results featured on Sunday as Match Day Two concluded. Morvant/Caledonia United came out on top 2-0 versus fellow strugglers St. Ann’s Rangers at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium with Kareem Joseph (10th minute) and Sheldon Holder (50th) getting the goals for the team second from bottom. While the Defence Force continues a steady climb up the table with a big win over third place residents Play Whe San Juan Jabloteh. The military’s main weapons up front once again did the job with Devorn Jorsling scoring in the 20th and Hashim Arcia in the 40th to give them all three points. Damian Williams got a consolation three minutes into add-on time to make the final score 2-1.

 

Teams

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Points

1

Central FC

11

9

2

0

24

11

13

29

2

Direct TV W Connection

11

8

1

2

32

11

21

25

3

Play Whe San Juan Jabloteh

11

6

1

4

20

15

5

19

4

Ma Pau Stars

11

5

2

4

21

19

2

17

5

Defence Force

11

5

1

5

18

18

0

16

6

Club Sando

11

4

2

5

19

20

-1

14

7

Police FC

11

3

3

5

23

22

1

12

8

St. Ann's Rangers

11

3

2

6

13

19

-6

11

9

Morvant/Caledonia United

11

2

4

5

17

21

-4

10

Jabloteh managed to hold on to third spot despite the loss and a win for 4th place Ma Pau Stars. The team for Sangre Grande faced Point Fortin Civic F. C at the Ato Boldon and came away with a ‘come from behind’ 3-1 win. Once again Jamille Boatswain was a shining light for Point but once again in a losing effort. His goal on the half hour was cancelled out by Kerry Baptiste five minutes after the break, then they were quickly undone by an own-goal in the 60th minute and a Jason Scotland strike from the penalty mark a minute later.

Ma Pau are now just two points adrift of Jabloteh and these teams meet on Match Day Three of Round Two in the feature clash at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Tuesday. You can be assured they will be closely watching the opening clash between Defence Force and Club Sando from 6:00pm.

W Connection, Central and Police face potentially easier encounters at Mahaica Oval and Ato Boldon respectively (see fixtures) but you never know, it’s football.