Tyrone Charles trips up N/E Stars as Sando snatch late draw

​File Photo: Club Sando combative midfielder Jared London, centre, tries to escape three North East Stars during the 2016-17 Pro League season.

Leaders North East Stars allowed full points to slip — possibly delaying the Pro League 2017 celebrations till the final match day next week — after being held to a 1-1 draw at the death by visiting Club Sando.

But a loss today for challengers W Connection against Couva rivals Central from 6pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium will crown the Derek King-coached Stars, with an unassailable 37 points, 2017 Pro League champions with two games to spare against Police FC and San Juan Jabloteh.

Pro League 2017 standings

#

Team

MP

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

 

1

North East Stars

16

11

4

1

36

12

24

37

 

2

W Connection

15

9

3

3

29

15

14

30

 

3

Defence Force

16

8

3

5

25

19

6

27

 

4

Club Sando

16

7

5

4

26

16

10

26

 

5

Point Fortin Civic

16

5

3

8

15

24

-9

18

 

6

Police FC

15

4

5

6

19

22

-3

17

 

7

Central FC

15

4

5

6

20

25

-5

17

 

8

San Juan Jabloteh

15

5

2

8

15

24

-9

17

 

9

Morvant Caledonia

16

4

4

8

15

21

-6

16

 

10

St. Ann’s Rangers

16

2

4

10

12

34

-22

10

 

Akeem Garcia looked to have put the Stars on their way to a seventh consecutive league win with his fourth league goal this term early in the second half on a wet Tuesday afternoon at the Arima Velodrome.

But ex-Stars’ winger Tyrone Charles levelled the visiting Sando from a free kick – and he knows how to hit them – in virtually the final kick of the game to stun the Stars, though unable to snap the hosts’ undefeated record at the iconic Arima venue since calling it home at the start of the current season.

The result, however, slowed the title favourites, North East Stars, with W Connection (30 points) seven points behind ahead of today’s Couva Clásico. But not enough for Sando (26 points) who were hurdled for third position by Defence Force (27 points) who later whipped cellar-placed MIC-IT St. Ann’s Rangers 4-0 to join the second-positioned Savonetta Boys in chase of a top-two finish which earns teams CONCACAF qualifying spots in the form of the Caribbean Club Championship.

Devorn Jorsling opened the scoring for the Army/Coast Guard combination early in the first half at the Ato Boldon Stadium before second half goals by Reon Moore, Christopher Durity and, from the penalty spot, Curtis Gonzales, saw the Marvin Gordon coached outfit rebound from their disappointing First Citizens Cup final loss to Connection last Friday.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Point Fortin Civic came from behind to defeat visitors Morvant Caledonia United 3-1 at Mahaica Oval and suddenly the southerners are in the race for a top-half finish this season, moving four spots up to occupy fifth position.

Jabari Mitchell levelled Civic midway through the first half after Guyana international Sheldon Holder had fired Morvant Caledonia in front moments earlier. Then forwards Akinola Gregory and Shackeil Henry, scorers in a 2-1 win over Central last Sunday, found the back of Morvant Caledonia’s net within the first fifteen minutes of the second half to complete a second league win on the trot for the hosts.

Coach Renold Carrington’s Civic (18 points), though, are only one point ahead of Police FC, Central and Jabloteh who are all in action today.

Earlier at the Arima Velodrome, Garcia broke the deadlock five minutes into the second half from close up, beating goalkeeper Kelvin Henry after a Jameel Neptune free kick crashed off Sando’s defensive wall.

But the Stars, who had a Rundell Winchester attempt cleared off the line by Sando defender Trevin Latapy on quarter of an hour and a wide header from the Tobagonian forward moments later, failed to find a cushion though enjoying the better share of the game, and were made to pay after giving away a free kick on top the box in the dying moments.

Charles then stepped up to beat the Stars wall and rookie goalie Darren Wilson – who had denied the Sando winger two minutes before the break – to level the game.

Trinidad and Tobago Pro League 2017
Round Two Match Day Seven

(Tuesday 21 November 2017)
North East Stars 1 (Akeem Garcia 50’) vs Club Sando 1 (Tyrone Charles 90’+3), at Arima Velodrome;

Morvant Caledonia United 1 (Sheldon Holder 17’) vs Point Fortin Civic 3 (Jabari Mitchell 24’, Akinola Gregory 47’, Shackeil Henry 60’), at Hasely Crawford Stadium (training field);

Defence Force 4 (Devorn Jorsling 7’, Reon Moore 48’, Christopher Durity 87’, Curtis Gonzales 89’ pen.) vs St. Ann’s Rangers 0, Ato Boldon Stadium.

Upcoming fixtures
Trinidad and Tobago Pro League 2017
Round Two Match Day Seven
(Wednesday 22 November 2017)
San Juan Jabloteh vs Police FC, 4pm, Barataria Oval;
Central FC vs W Connection, 6pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.

Round Two Match Day Eight

(Friday 24 November 2017)

Morvant Caledonia United vs St. Ann’s Rangers, 3:30pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Police FC vs North East Stars, 6pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Defence Force vs W Connection, 8pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.

 

(Saturday 25 November 2017)

Club Sando vs Central FC, 3:30pm, Larry Gomes Stadium;

San Juan Jabloteh vs Point Fortin Civic, 4pm, Barataria Oval.

 

Round Two Match Day Nine

(Date, time and venues TBD)

North East Stars vs San Juan Jabloteh

W Connection vs Morvant Caledonia

Defence Force vs Club Sando

Central FC vs Police FC

Point Fortin Civic vs St. Ann’s Rangers

Teams at the Arima Velodrome on Friday

North East Stars: 1.Darren Wilson (GK); 2.Keston George, 4.Kerry Baptiste (7.Kishun Seecharan 76th minute), 5.Julius James, 11.Rundell Winchester (17.Kordell Samuel 74th minute), 12.Elton John (Capt.), 18.Densill Theobald, 20.Yohance Marshall, 21.Kevon Goddard, 22.Jameel Neptune, 23.Akeem Garcia (8.Adrian Noel 87th minute).


Coach: Derek King

Club Sando: 34.Kelvin Henry GK); 5.Nical Stephens, 6.Kemuel Rivers, 8.Kevon Piper (17.Jarod London 76 minute), 10.Keron Cornwall (15.Keyon Edwards 76th minute), 11.Akim Armstrong, 12.Michael Basdeo (23.Nicholas Thomas 76th minute), 13.Tyrone Charles, 16.Leslie Joel Russell, 18.Trevin Latapy, 35.Adan Noel, 38.Josiah Trimmingham.


Coach: Angus Eve

Referee: Marlon Peruse