Category: Defence Force

Sando and Rangers stun armed forces D/Force and Police, respectively, in Couva

​Photo: St. Ann’s Rangers head coach Anthony Streete.

Saturday, October 21, 2016

Dylon King and Marvin Lee both struck as St. Ann’s Rangers—the usual minnows now temporarily occupy second—continued their surprise start to the 2016/17 Digicel Pro League season with a 2-0 win over Police FC on Friday night at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

Rangers weren’t the only ones celebrating an upset on the night, after Club Sando, in the first game of the Couva double-header, had a goal each from Keithy Simpson, Akeem Roach and Akeem Humphrey in the second half to overturn a two-goal deficit and defeat Defence Force 3-2.

Defence Force were 2-0 ahead at the break after Hashim Arcia and Sean Narcis found the back of goalkeeper Kelvin Henry’s net in the 25th minute and stoppage-time of the first half, respectively, off right side crosses from winger Jemel Sebro.

Sebro (knee) failed to continue beyond the hour mark, at which time Sando had already trimmed the deficit 1-2 three minutes earlier through Jamaican midfielder Keithy Simpson, hitting past army goalkeeper Andre Marchan, following a move involving Roach and Humphrey.

Humphrey, the regular Sando captain who entered play following the break, and Roach, a 20-year-old former Defence Force player with a point to prove, were the real troublemakers against the Army/Coast Guard combination, and eventually the Angus Eve-coached Sando were celebrating their first win of the season after four attempts.

Roach levelled Sando 2-2 when he hit home from close up in the 78th minute after the army defence and ‘keeper Marchan were sent into disarray following an attempt by Simpson and a follow-up by another orange shirt.

Marchan, who was lucky not to concede four minutes from the half after defender Devin Jordan cleared off the line to deny Keron Cornwall, was forced into two later saves ten minutes from time as a rejuvenated Sando searched for the winner.

That goal, though, would come in the 85th minute through Humphrey. The attacking midfielder rounded Marchan and last ditch attempt from a defender following a pass from Roach before hitting into the net for a 3-2 score as Sando celebrated their first win of the season following narrow defeats against San Juan Jabloteh, Central FC and W Connection.

Rangers, meanwhile, are now with two wins (Defence Force and Police FC), one draw (Morvant Caledonia United) and one loss (Ma Pau Stars) under return coach Anthony Streete this season.

Friday’s win hurdled Rangers (7 points) five spots up into second on the DPL standings—two points behind leaders Central FC and one point above both San Juan Jabloteh and Ma Pau Stars, who face each other from 5pm at the Barataria Recreation Ground on Sunday.

King punished his former team-mates, Police, to put Rangers ahead on 32 minutes from a well-orchestrated set piece above the area that sent goalkeeper Adrian Foncette the wrong way.

Police, unable to shake off last Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Point Fortin Civic, mounting numerous raids—many of which were quelled by Rangers goalkeeper Cleon John—but were unable to find a way back.

Rangers were the quicker of the two teams on the night and looked more dangerous on the counterattack, including a play that saw King rattle the crossbar a minute from time.

But Police’s flashing blue lights were finally out in stoppage-time when a wonder goal by substitute Lee made it 2-0. Lee, set alight by a King pass, made a darting move into the area and minced a couple challenges by Kenaz Williams before hitting low past Foncette to find the bottom right corner.

Digicel Pro League 2016/17
Round One Match Day Four

Friday’s (Oct. 21, 2016) results
Club Sando 3 (Keithy Simpson 53’, Akeem Roach 78’, Akeem Humphrey 85’) vs Defence Force 2 (Hashim Arcia 25’, Sean Narcis 45’+), at the Ato Boldon Stadium;
St. Ann’s Rangers 2 (Dylon King 32’, Marvin Lee 90’+) vs Police FC 0, at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

Upcoming fixtures
Round One Match Day Four
Sunday Oct. 23, 2016
Barataria Recreation Ground
San Juan Jabloteh vs Ma Pau Stars—5pm

Tuesday Oct. 25, 2016
Ato Boldon Stadium
W Connection vs Point Fortin Civic—6pm
Central FC vs Morvant Caledonia United—8pm

Digicel Pro League 2016/17 standings

Rank

Team

MP

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Points

1

Central FC

3

3

0

0

8

3

5

9

2

St. Ann’s Rangers

4

2

1

1

5

4

1

7

3

San Juan Jabloteh

3

2

0

1

6

4

2

6

4

Ma Pau Stars

3

2

0

1

6

5

1

6

5

Police FC

4

1

2

1

9

7

2

5

6

Morvant Caledonia Utd.

3

1

1

1

6

6

0

4

7

W Connection

3

1

1

1

5

5

0

4

8

Club Sando

4

1

0

3

5

7

-2

3

9

Defence Force

4

1

0

3

5

10

-5

3

10

Point Fortin Civic

3

0

1

2

3

7

-4

1


Teams at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Friday
Game 1
Club Sando: 34.Kelvin Henry (GK), 5.Nical Stephens, 6.Kemuel Rivers, 9.Keron Cornwall (15.Kaashif Thomas 67th minute), 11.Joel Kevin Lewis (8.Kevon Piper 46th minute), 13.Akeem Roach, 14.Anthony Guppy (7.Akeem Humphrey 46th minute), 18.Trevin Latapy (Yellow Card), 19.Leslie Joel Russell (Capt.), 27.Jayson Joseph, 29.Keithy Simpson.

Unused substitutes: 1.Stefan Berkeley (GK), 16.Anderson Toussaint, 17.Jared London, 21.Sharkeel Donatien.

Coach: Angus Eve

Defence Force: 1.Andre Marchan (GK), 3.Jamali Garcia (15.Brandon Fountain 33rd minute), 5.Devin Jordan (Yellow Card), 9.Devorn Jorsling, 10.Hashim Arcia, 12.Jemel Sebro (35.Tirek George 61st minute), 13.Marvin Jones, 17.Curtis Gonzales, 18.Sean Narcis (19.Thurlani George 53rd minute), 21.Aklie Edwards (Yellow Card), 99.Jerwyn Balthazar (Capt.).

Unused substitutes: 25.Sheldon Clarke (GK), 2.Glynn Franklyn, 8.Christopher Durity, 22.Anthony Charles.

Coach: Marvin Gordon

Referee: Rashby Mc Phie
Assistant Referee 1: Caleb Wales
Assistant Referee 2: Oladele Thomas
Fourth Official: Marlon Peruse

St. Ann’s Rangers: 1.Cleon John (GK), 5.Devon Drayton, 6.Dylon King, 7.Sedale Mc Lean, 8.Jameel Antoine, 9.Jomoul Francois (Yellow Card) (19.Tafari Williams 79th minute), 11.Kazim Donald (32.Marvin Lee 69th minute), 20.Kareem Baptiste, 28.Shakiyl Phillip (Capt.), 30.Lester Durham, 33.Osaze Springer.

Unused substitutes: 17.Francis Rojas, 22.Christopher Biggette (GK), 44.Dyllon Lara.

Coach: Anthony Streete

Police FC: 18.Adrian Foncette (GK), 5.Anton Hutchinson, 12.Kareem Riley (2.Akiel Thomas 69th minute), 14.Kaaron Foster (Yellow Card), 19.Christon Thomas, 20.Elijah Belgrave (Yellow Card), 21.Todd Ryan (Capt.) (15.Jameel Perry 59th minute), 25.Kenaz Williams, 29.Kadeem Hutchinson (23.Micah Lewis 62nd minute), 38.Nequan Caruth, 39.Joshua Leach.

Unused substitutes: 8.Kurdell Brathwaite, 10.Kareem Freitas, 17.Dexter Alleyne, 22.Theon Browne (GK).

Coach: Richard Hood

Referee: Gordon Maloney
Assistant Referee 1: Glen Kevin Charles
Assistant Referee 2: Johann Corneille
Fourth Official: Dennis Changiah