Category: Defence Force

Defence Force and Police to renew oldest rivalry in Trinidad and Tobago football on Friday

​Defence Force and Trinidad and Tobago defender Curtis Gonzales, left, holds off Police FC double-scorer Jameel Perry in a 3-1 Pro League win for the Lawmen on Jan. 28, 2017. (Photo credit: ttproleague.com)

“We are after nothing less than another full three points against Police,” said Defence Force head coach Marvin Gordon ahead of Friday’s Trinidad and Tobago Pro League clash against Police FC from 6pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Both sides are desperate for points with Defence Force (8 points) and Police FC (6 points) currently occupy sixth and eight positions respectively on the 2017 standings and separated by Morvant Caledonia (7 points), who face second-placed Club Sando in one of four north-vs-south clashes over a five-day period.

Gordon’s side edged Police 1-0 on June 12 when both sides last met at the start of the current season to lead the head-to-head dating back to December 2015 with four wins, while Police have three wins—none of the seven clashes ending in a draw.

“This is a rivalry that goes way back,” continued Gordon. “(…) and has always been in football. So we are just continuing in the tradition. We take games against Police very personal because the tradition is that we don’t want to lose against Police, and likewise, Police don’t want to lose against us.”

“A rivalry will always exist between Police and Defence Force,” echoed Police head coach Richard Hood. “It’s a tradition I try to maintain, although I’d say it’s a friendly rivalry. Army nor Police wants to lose to each other.

“I am unaware of the [recent] statistics and it don’t matter too much. But most definitely we want to win the game (on Friday). We have been dropping too many points in games we were supposed to win this season, and dropping points in games were good enough to draw.”

Defence Force remains Trinidad and Tobago’s most successful club with 20 national league titles—three of them as Pro League champions (1999, 2010/11 & 2012/13)—and a combined 35 major titles including the 2001 Caribbean Club Championship crown and two times (1978 & 1985) champions of the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup—the former name of the current CONCACAF Champions League.

Meanwhile Police, the Army’s perennial rivals, have six major trophies, which includes winning the national league and FA Trophy double in 1994, but have not won a major trophy since.

Police have just one win this season from seven games, edging W Connection—the most successful club in the Pro League era—1-0 on June 30, but have only one point to show from their last three outings.

Hood’s side is still without 2015/16 Pro League top scorer Makesi Lewis, who missed last season due to a broken leg, while speedy winger Micah Lewis is expected out for six weeks with a hairline foot fracture.

“Our problem has been in the scoring [department] as well as the overall commitment of his players,” said the former Trinidad and Tobago Women’s coach. “But we are in a much better place at the moment and have been improving a lot on the training pitch. It’s now for us to transfer that into the games.”

Gordon also sees improvement in his Defence Force side saying, “We are at full strength and have been improving in our last four games, including the 4-1 win over W Connection (on July 29). It’s just that we were unfortunate against Sando in our last game (losing 2-1) in which we deserved to have come away with a draw at least.

“Our new young players are becoming better and better in the team and the entire squad have the desire to work hard. So we are looking forward to improved results going forward.”

Can Police level the head-to-head of three seasons? Or will Defence Force go two wins ahead? The place to be on Friday from 6pm is at the Hasely Crawford Stadium for the continuation of the longest running rivalry of Trinidad and Tobago football.

Trinidad and Tobago Pro League 2017
Round Two Match Day One

(Friday 11 August 2017)

Hasely Crawford Stadium

Police FC vs Defence Force FC—6pm

Morvant Caledonia United vs Club Sando—8pm

Mahaica Oval

Point Fortin Civic vs North East Stars—6pm

(Saturday 12 August 2017)

St. Augustine Secondary Ground

St. Ann's Rangers vs W Connection—4:30pm

(Tuesday 15 August 2017)

Barataria Oval

San Juan Jabloteh vs Central FC—6pm

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