Point Fortin Civic are hoping to use Saturday’s home-match against Caledonia AIA at the Mahaica Oval from 3.30 pm to close the gap on Digicel Pro League table-topping W Connection.
Connection, with 33 points at the top, will sit out on the weekend, as its Round Two Match Day Eight fixture against defending champions Defence Force will be rescheduled.
The soldiers, coming off a month-long self-imposed suspension from all sporting activities issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, will only return to action on Tuesday 18 February in a rescheduled Round Two Match Day Two fixture against Central FC from 6 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
“Our whole intention is to keep the pressure on (Connection),” said Point Fortin head coach Reynold Carrington, whose side occupies second on the standing with 23 points and are undefeated in their last six games with a 4:2:0 record.
“Judging from our last game (2-0 against San Juan Jabloteh) we can say that we have improved a lot and we are starting to get better footing in this round than we did in round one. It’s also good to also see our new players have fitted well with the rest of the squad.”
But he admitted, “Caledonia wouldn’t be an easy opponent. They defeated us in the first round and it’s a result we would want to turn around in our favour on Saturday.
Ironically, Point Fortin’s last defeat was against Caledonia, which ended 2-1, in Round One Match Day Nine.
Caledonia, three points behind Point Fortin, occupies fourth position. The Jamaal Shabazz coached-Morvant/Laventille club, also pushing for a top-two finish, is undefeated in its last three matches, which makes the Mahaica Oval-clash an interesting one to witness.
“I think it’s going to be a huge game for both teams and the league,” calculated Shabazz.
“We certainly want to go all out (in this one) because despite not being in our best form, we are still picking up important points along the way. We hope that this game against Point will be the game that defines our real rhythm.”
The Caledonia boss also knocked Point Fortin’s ‘seasonal spectators’ adding, “It seems Civic and their fans have a glass door, because they only come out when their team is winning.”
Shabazz will be without the services of American midfielder Ralph Lundy, who picked up an ankle injury in training, and striker Jamal Gay, who only returned to training this week after suffering a broken nose during his team’s 1-0 win over Jabloteh on January 31.
Jabloteh, coming off Tuesday’s 0-0 draw against North East Stars, will meet Central FC from 8 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Friday 14 February, and two hours earlier (6 pm) at the same venue, St. Ann’s Rangers are against the Angus Eve coached-Sangre Grande club.
Eve will be without the suspended Aquil Selby, Jabloteh without Shaquille Bertrand, Rangers without Kennedy Isles, and Central FC without midfielder and captain Marvin Oliver.
Central, attempting to recover from Tuesday’s disappointing 2-2 draw against Connection after relinquishing a two-goal advantage, are sixth on the standings with 17 points, two less than the fifth positioned Stars. While Jabloteh are eight with 11 points and Rangers slumped at the bottom with just 3 points.
Digicel Pro League 2013/2014
Round Two Match Day Eight
Friday 14 February 2014
Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva
St. Ann’s Rangers vs North East Stars—6 pm
San Juan Jabloteh vs Central FC—8 pm
Saturday 15 February 2014
Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin
Point Fortin Civic vs Caledonia AIA
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