Adan Noel fires Sando second with late winner against Defence Force

File photo: Club Sando attacker Keron Cornwall, left, tries to escape a lunging challenge from Defence Force midfielder Hashim Arcia during the 2016/17 Pro League season.

Adan Noel arrived off the bench to grab the winner as Club Sando stretched their undefeated run to six games, with their latest a 2-1 victory over Defence Force on Saturday.

The result also saw Angus Eve’s men leapfrog W Connection, for second on the Pro League 2017 standings by goal-difference as both teams are level on 14 points and two adrift of leaders North East Stars, who have two games in hand against Central FC and San Juan Jabloteh.

Connection were slowed for a third straight time on Friday nightby a 1-1 draw against Morvant Caledonia United, who will host Sando next Friday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium from 8pm.

Pro League 2017 standings

#

Team

MP

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

 

1

North East Stars

6

5

1

0

11

6

5

16

 

2

Club Sando

8

4

2

2

14

9

5

14

 

3

W Connection

8

4

2

2

13

11

2

14

 

4

San Juan Jabloteh

6

3

1

2

6

5

1

10

 

5

Central FC

6

2

3

1

10

2

8

9

 

6

Defence Force

8

2

2

4

7

10

-3

8

 

7

Morvant Caledonia

7

1

4

2

4

5

-1

7

 

8

Police FC

7

1

3

3

5

10

-5

6

 

9

Point Fortin Civic

7

1

3

3

4

10

-6

6

 

10

St. Ann’s Rangers

7

1

1

5

4

10

-6

4

 

 
Noel, a 22-year-old former Trinidad and Tobago Under-17 and Under-20 forward, grabbed the winning item – his first professional goal – with three minutes left and only seven minutes on the pitch after Defence Force forward Kellon Serrette had levelled Kevon Piper’s stunning goal at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella.

Defence Force, coming off a 4-1 win over W Connection, had kept the game scoreless before the break with defender Curtis Gonzales heading behind at the goal line to keep out a lofted Akim Armstrong try on 20 minutes, and goalkeeper Sheldon Clarke pulling off a reflex save to put behind a Nical Stephens attempt from close up.

The Tetron Boys however, had enjoyed the most possession in the opening half hour, but Trevin Latapy, Nicholas Thomas and company were solid at the back for Sando, spoiling every raid by the visitors.

A lapse in sharpness in the 78th minute, though, saw Serrette’s glancing header from inside the six-yard area beat Sando goalkeeper Kelvin Henry, levelling the scores at 1-1 off a right side Kerry Joseph cross.

Defence Force head coach had boosted his team’s attack with the introduction of veteran marksman Devorn Jorsling and winger Shaquille Bertrand after a sublime volleyed drive by Piper -- free at the back post -- off a Jarod London cross had beaten goalkeeper Clarke in the 58th minute.

However it was Eve’s changes that delivered for Sando on the other end in the 87th minute when substitute Akeem Redhead’s through-ball allowed Noel a free run behind the defence and the ex-College of Charleston and W Connection youth forward took one touch through the legs of an advancing Clarke.

It was enough to see the ball into the back of the net and Sando celebrated their fourth win in the last six outings.

Contrastingly, Point Fortin Civic registered their first win of the season thanks to a double from forward Matthew Bartholomew on Friday night, edging Rangers 2-1 to rise off the bottom, but only hurdling the St. Ann’s club for ninth on the ten-team PL table.

Pro League 2017 action will continue on Monday when Police FC take on serial champions Central FC from 6pm at the training field of the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Central will look for booster ahead of their travel to Panama where they would try to overturn a 2-1 first leg deficit against CD Árabe Unido on Thursday for a place in the Scotiabank CONCACAF League quarterfinals later this month.

Jabloteh meanwhile, will first attempt a similar feat on Tuesday when they welcome Santos de Guapiles from 8pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Tuesday, but the San Juan Kings face a mountain of a challenge against the Costa Ricans who won 6-2 in the first leg.

Trinidad and Tobago Pro League 2017
Round One Match Day Nine
(Friday 4 August 2017)
Hasely Crawford Stadium
MIC-IT St. Ann’s Rangers 1 (Anslem Jackson 13’) vs Point Fortin Civic 2 (Matthew Bartholomew 19’, 90’), at Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Morvant Caledonia United 1 (Kareem Joseph 66’) vs W Connection 1 (Marcus Joseph 56’), at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

(Saturday 5 August 2017)
Club Sando 2 (Kevon Piper 58’, Adan Noel 87’) vs Defence Force 1 (Kellon Serrette 78’), at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.

Upcoming Pro League fixtures
Round One Match Day Nine
(Monday 7 August 2017)
Hasely Crawford Stadium training field
Police FC vs Central FC—6pm

Round Two Match Day One
(Friday 11 August 2017)
Mahaica Oval
Point Fortin Civic vs North East Stars—6pm

Hasely Crawford Stadium
Police FC vs Defence Force—6pm
Morvant Caledonia United vs Club Sando—8pm

(Saturday 12 August 2017)
St. Augustine Secondary ground)
St. Ann’s Rangers vs W Connection—4pm

(Tuesday 12 August 2017)
Barataria Recreation Ground
San Juan Jabloteh vs Central FC—5pm

(Teams at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium on Saturday)

Defence Force: 25.Sheldon Clarke (GK), 3.Jamali Garcia, 4.Dave Long, 5.Jerome Mc Intyre, 10.Hashim Arcia, 16.Kellon Serrette, 17.Curtis Gonzales (Yellow Card), 18.Reon Moore (9.Devorn Jorsling 68th minute), 19.Thurlani George (Yellow Card) (15.Shaquille Bertrand 68th minute), 23.Kerry Joseph (39.Akil Morris 84th minute), 45.Dylon King.

Unused substitutes: 1.Andre Marchan (GK), 6.Rodell Elcock, 8.Christopher Durity, 20.Levi Serries.

Coach: Marvin Gordon

Club Sando: 34.Kelvin Henry (GK), 5.Nical Stephens, 6.Kemuel Rivers, 8.Kevon Piper (12.Michael Basdeo 88th minute), 10.Keron Cornwall, 11.Akim Armstrong (9.Akeem Redhead 85th minute), 13.Tyrone Charles (35.Adan Noel 80th minute), 17.Jared London (Capt.), 18.Trevin Latapy, 23.Nicholas Thomas, 27.Jay-son Joseph.

Unused substitutes: 33.Enrique Changiah (GK), 14.Rushawn Murphy, 15.Keyon Edwards, 29.Kareem Williams Blake.

Coach: Angus Eve

Officials
Referee: Marlon Peruse
Assistant Referee 1: Ainsley Rochard
Assistant Referee 2: Kyle Carabon
Fourth Official: Dave Daniel
Match Commissioner: Lennox ‘Bullet’ Pilgrim