Jorsling heat up the scoring chart as D/Force stay third; Jabloteh held by Cale'

Defence Force forward Devorn Jorsling (L), pictured in this file photo with teammate Akeem Roach, scored a hat-trick against Point Fortin Civic on April 12, 2015 to take his leading Digicel Pro League scoring tally this season to 18 goals.
Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, COUVA – Scoring his fourth hat-trick of the current 2014-2015 Digicel Pro League season, Devorn Jorsling shot to the top of the TT Pro League’s all-time goalscorers list with 134 goals, three more than previous holder Kerry Baptiste.

His latest three goals helped Defence Force to shrug off Point Fortin Civic 4-2 on Sunday to maintain hold of third position with just two matches remaining.

While at the Larry Gomes Stadium, in the only other Round Three Match Day Seven contest on Sunday, sixth-placed San Juan Jabloteh (7-7-8, 28 points) were held to a 2-2 draw by eight-placed Caledonia AIA (7-5-10, 26 points).

Caledonia were ahead in the 18th minute with a goal from a Nathan Lewis before Nkosi David levelled Jabloteh in the 45th minute. Then in the 61st minute former Toyota/TT Pro League Player of the Year and holder of the most goals scored in a season, Baptiste (K), netted his ninth league goal of this season to put Jabloteh ahead. But four minutes later Purnell Schultz – the Guyana international forward taking his DPL scoring this season to 13 goals, tied with Central FC’s Ataulla Guerra – scored to make it 2-2.

Meanwhile Jorsling, coming off a double scored against second-placed defending champions DIRECTV W Connection on Tuesday, extended his lead at the top of the DPL scorers’ list with 19 goals – five ahead of Civic’s Marcus Joseph (14 goals) in second – while the Marvin Gordon-coached team improved their position with 36 points, three points ahead of Civic (33 points).

Defence Force trail leaders Central FC (15-4-3, 49 points) and Connection (13-4-4, 43 points), who have already caged the top two spots as the championship nears the end.

Jorsling, the former Toyota/TT Pro League Player of the Year and multiple-time Golden Boot winner, gave Defence Force a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute with a well-timed finish past Civic goalkeeper Akini Adams from inside the six-yard area following a perfectly placed Jerwyn Balthazar cross from the left.

But that lead wasn’t enough for the soldiers after Civic fired back on either side of the half, twice on rebounds, to take a 2-1 lead.

Only a minute had passed since Jorsling’s opening goal when Civic attacker Andre Toussaint equalised, 1-1, with only his fifth league goal this season when he pounced on a rebound to hit past Sheldon Clarke for a 1-1 score after the Defence Force goalie had initially made a low one-handed save to keep out a Joseph (M) strike.

Clarke, who had even made an earlier one-handed save to deny Joseph (M), was beaten again in the 55th minute as Civic celebrated a 2-1 lead.

Clarke had executed a brilliant save, pushing Shackiel Henry’s blast onto the crossbar, but was again left to dry by his defence and Civic midfielder Glenn Sutton capitalised on the rebound by hitting into the exposed net inside the box.

However Defence Force, undefeated in their previous three league outings, levelled the scores 2-2 on the hour mark with a cool finish by midfielder Kerry Joseph.

Joseph was slipped a pass inside the box by substitute Akeem Roach and with confidence the veteran struck the ball low to the right of Adams and into the far netting.
Defence Force's Devorn Jorsling (L) vies for the ball with W Connection midfielder Gerard Williams during his team's 4-1 on April 7, 2015.
Then it was back to the Jorsling show. The 31-year-old overlooked Trinidad and Tobago forward pushed Defence Force ahead again with a 3-2 advantage in the 66th minute by bundling over the line a Joseph (K) cross.

And in the 73rd minute Jorsling, who had a goal ruled out in the 90th minute by the offside law, completed his fourth hat-trick of the season with an marvelous left-footed 26-yard free-kick that Adams was unable to match after it entered the top corner for a 4-2 Defence Force lead.

On the opposite end in the 86th minute, Clarke preserved the soldiers’ two-goal cushion by pushing wide a close-range Sutton attempt. Then from the resulting corner, the Defence Force ‘keeper denied Weslie John.

Two minutes later Defence Force mesmerized Civic to create an excellent scoring opening following some silky passing but winger Ross Russell Jr. – son of former team coach Ross Russell – failed to capitalise. He also wasted a good scoring move in the 59th minute.

Digicel Pro League 2014-2015

Round Three Match Day Seven results

Sunday 12 April 2015

Mannie Ramjohn Stadium

Point Fortin Civic 2 (Andre Toussaint 38', Glenn Sutton 55’) vs Defence Force 4 (Devorn Jorsling 37', 66', 73' Kerry Joseph 60')

Larry Gomes Stadium

Caledonia AIA 2 (Nathan Lewis 18', Purnell Schultz 65’) vs San Juan Jabloteh 2 (Nkosi David 45'+1, Kerry Baptiste 61’)

Upcoming Digicel Pro League matches

Round Three Match Day Eight

Friday 24 April 2015

Central FC vs Point Fortin Civic

W Connection vs Caledonia AIA

North East Stars vs St. Ann’s Rangers

Defence Force vs San Juan Jabloteh

Rescheduled Round Three Match Day Seven fixtures
Tuesday 28 April 2015
Ato Boldon Stadium

W Connection vs Police FC—6 pm

Central FC vs North East Stars—8 pm

Round Three Match Day Nine

Friday 1 May 2015

Defence Force vs St. Ann’s Rangers

San Juan Jabloteh vs W Connection

Saturday 2 May 2015

North East Stars vs Caledonia AIA

Point Fortin Civic vs Police FC

Teams at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium on Sunday

Defence Force: 2.Glynn Franklyn (11.Akeem Roach 55th minute), 4.Dave Long (3.Keston Williams 72nd minute), 6.Rodell Elcock, 9.Devorn Jorsling, 12.Jemel Sebro, 17.Ross Russell Jr., 21.Aklie Edwards, 22.Jamali Garcia, 23.Kerry Joseph (26.Richard Roy 80th minute), 25.Sheldon Clarke, 99.Jerwyn Balthazar

Unused substitutes: 10.Josimar Belgrave, 16.Kellon Serette, 28.Andre Marchan (GK), 90.Jelani Felix

Coach: Marvin Gordon

Point Fortin Civic: 3.Steven Joseph, 4.Weslie John, 5.Andre Ettienne, 10.Marcus Joseph, 11.Andre Toussaint, 12.Glenn Sutton, 18.Trent Lougheed (27.Bevon Bass 71st minute), 19.Andre Pacheco, 23.Kevin Rouse, 52.Akini Adams (GK), 99.Shackiel Henry

Unused substitutes: 1.Marvin Phillip (GK), 6.Akeem Redhead, 13.Tevin Balfor, 20.Jamille Boatswain

Coach: Leroy DeLeonMannie Ramjohn Stadium, COUVA – Scoring his fourth hat-trick of the current 2014-2015 Digicel Pro League season, Devorn Jorsling shot to the top of the TT Pro League’s all-time goalscorers list with 134 goals, three more than previous holder Kerry Baptiste.

His latest three goals helped Defence Force to shrug off Point Fortin Civic 4-2 on Sunday to maintain hold of third position with just two matches remaining.

While at the Larry Gomes Stadium, in the only other Round Three Match Day Seven contest on Sunday, sixth-placed San Juan Jabloteh (7-7-8, 28 points) were held to a 2-2 draw by eight-placed Caledonia AIA (7-5-10, 26 points).

Caledonia were ahead in the 18th minute with a goal from a Nathan Lewis before Nkosi David levelled Jabloteh in the 45th minute. Then in the 61st minute former Toyota/TT Pro League Player of the Year and holder of the most goals scored in a season, Baptiste (K), netted his ninth league goal of this season to put Jabloteh ahead. But four minutes later Purnell Schultz – the Guyana international forward taking his DPL scoring this season to 13 goals, tied with Central FC’s Ataulla Guerra – scored to make it 2-2.

Meanwhile Jorsling, coming off a double scored against second-placed defending champions DIRECTV W Connection on Tuesday, extended his lead at the top of the DPL scorers’ list with 19 goals – five ahead of Civic’s Marcus Joseph (14 goals) in second – while the Marvin Gordon-coached team improved their position with 36 points, three points ahead of Civic (33 points).

Defence Force trail leaders Central FC (15-4-3, 49 points) and Connection (13-4-4, 43 points), who have already caged the top two spots as the championship nears the end.

Jorsling, the former Toyota/TT Pro League Player of the Year and multiple-time Golden Boot winner, gave Defence Force a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute with a well-timed finish past Civic goalkeeper Akini Adams from inside the six-yard area following a perfectly placed Jerwyn Balthazar cross from the left.

But that lead wasn’t enough for the soldiers after Civic fired back on either side of the half, twice on rebounds, to take a 2-1 lead.

Only a minute had passed since Jorsling’s opening goal when Civic attacker Andre Toussaint equalised, 1-1, with only his fifth league goal this season when he pounced on a rebound to hit past Sheldon Clarke for a 1-1 score after the Defence Force goalie had initially made a low one-handed save to keep out a Joseph (M) strike.

Clarke, who had even made an earlier one-handed save to deny Joseph (M), was beaten again in the 55th minute as Civic celebrated a 2-1 lead.

Clarke had executed a brilliant save, pushing Shackiel Henry’s blast onto the crossbar, but was again left to dry by his defence and Civic midfielder Glenn Sutton capitalised on the rebound by hitting into the exposed net inside the box.

However Defence Force, undefeated in their previous three league outings, levelled the scores 2-2 on the hour mark with a cool finish by midfielder Kerry Joseph.

Joseph was slipped a pass inside the box by substitute Akeem Roach and with confidence the veteran struck the ball low to the right of Adams and into the far netting.

Then it was back to the Jorsling show. The 31-year-old overlooked Trinidad and Tobago forward pushed Defence Force ahead again with a 3-2 advantage in the 66th minute by bundling over the line a Joseph (K) cross.

And in the 73rd minute Jorsling, who had a goal ruled out in the 90th minute by the offside law, completed his fourth hat-trick of the season with an marvelous left-footed 26-yard free-kick that Adams was unable to match after it entered the top corner for a 4-2 Defence Force lead.

On the opposite end in the 86th minute, Clarke preserved the soldiers’ two-goal cushion by pushing wide a close-range Sutton attempt. Then from the resulting corner, the Defence Force ‘keeper denied Weslie John.

Two minutes later Defence Force mesmerized Civic to create an excellent scoring opening following some silky passing but winger Ross Russell Jr. – son of former team coach Ross Russell – failed to capitalise. He also wasted a good scoring move in the 59th minute.

Digicel Pro League 2014-2015

Round Three Match Day Seven results

Sunday 12 April 2015

Mannie Ramjohn Stadium

Point Fortin Civic 2 (Andre Toussaint 38', Glenn Sutton 55’) vs Defence Force 4 (Devorn Jorsling 37', 66', 73' Kerry Joseph 60')


Larry Gomes Stadium

Caledonia AIA 2 (Nathan Lewis 18', Purnell Schultz 65’) vs San Juan Jabloteh 2 (Nkosi David 45'+1, Kerry Baptiste 61’)


Upcoming Digicel Pro League matches

Round Three Match Day Eight

Friday 24 April 2015

Central FC vs Point Fortin Civic

W Connection vs Caledonia AIA

North East Stars vs St. Ann’s Rangers

Defence Force vs San Juan Jabloteh


Rescheduled Round Three Match Day Seven fixtures
Tuesday 28 April 2015
Ato Boldon Stadium

W Connection vs Police FC—6 pm

Central FC vs North East Stars—8 pm

Round Three Match Day Nine

Friday 1 May 2015

Defence Force vs St. Ann’s Rangers

San Juan Jabloteh vs W Connection

 

Saturday 2 May 2015

North East Stars vs Caledonia AIA

Point Fortin Civic vs Police FC

Teams at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium on Sunday

Defence Force: 2.Glynn Franklyn (11.Akeem Roach 55th minute), 4.Dave Long (3.Keston Williams 72nd minute), 6.Rodell Elcock, 9.Devorn Jorsling, 12.Jemel Sebro, 17.Ross Russell Jr., 21.Aklie Edwards, 22.Jamali Garcia, 23.Kerry Joseph (26.Richard Roy 80th minute), 25.Sheldon Clarke, 99.Jerwyn Balthazar

Unused substitutes: 10.Josimar Belgrave, 16.Kellon Serette, 28.Andre Marchan (GK), 90.Jelani Felix

Coach: Marvin Gordon

Point Fortin Civic: 3.Steven Joseph, 4.Weslie John, 5.Andre Ettienne, 10.Marcus Joseph, 11.Andre Toussaint, 12.Glenn Sutton, 18.Trent Lougheed (27.Bevon Bass 71st minute), 19.Andre Pacheco, 23.Kevin Rouse, 52.Akini Adams (GK), 99.Shackiel Henry

Unused substitutes: 1.Marvin Phillip (GK), 6.Akeem Redhead, 13.Tevin Balfor, 20.Jamille Boatswain

Coach: Leroy DeLeon