Nathan Lewis scores on DPL return but Jabloteh held by Rangers

​St. Ann’s Rangers attacking midfielder Dylon King, left, unleashes a shot ahead of Defence Force defender Jamali Garcia during the quarter-finals of the First Citizens Cup on Nov. 12, 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium. Defence Force won the game 4-2 to progress into the First Citizens Cup semi-finals.

Monday, November 20, 2016

St. Ann’s Rangers were up to mischief again, this time holding third-placed San Juan Jabloteh to a 1-1 draw on Sunday at the Barataria Recreation Ground.

It took Jabloteh star Nathan Lewis -- on his first Digicel Pro League game this season -- less than a minute to put the San Juan Kings ahead.

But it wasn’t enough against this season’s most improved outfit, Rangers, who have already garnered league wins over Defence Force, Police FC and Point Fortin Civic, and a draw against Courts Morvant Caledonia United.

Dylon King, a new offensive signing by Rangers coach Anthony Streete, levelled the visitors 1-1 in the 68th minute for his fourth league goal of the term.

The result slowed the Keith Jeffrey coached-Jabloteh, who joined second-placed W Connection on 16 points, while leaders and two-time defending champions Central FC are three points clear at the top with 19.

Jabloteh, who were on a four-game winning streak in the league prior to kick-off on Sunday, will return to play on Friday Nov. 25 against Connection from 6pm in a top-of-the-table clash when league action moves to the Santa Cruz Recreation Ground for the first time in the history of the Pro League.

Jeffrey would definitely want to have his star forward Lewis against Connection, who picked up their fourth straight league win on Friday with a 3-1 win over Morvant Caledonia.

Lewis, who was shot in the shoulder during a drive-by shooting in his Maloney hometown back in September, made his first appearance for Jabloteh off the bench against Ma Pau Stars in the play-off round of the First Citizens Cup on Nov. 8. But Jabloteh lost that game 3-1 on penalties following a 1-1 draw.  

Meanwhile Rangers, who must next face Central on Tuesday Nov. 29 in the second game of a double-header at the Ato Boldon Stadium, hurdled Ma Pau Stars by one point to now occupy fourth position with 11 points.

League play resumes tomorrow (Tuesday Nov. 22) with a double-header at the Ato Boldon Stadium when Ma Pau Stars take on Morvant Caledonia from 6pm and Defence Force against Police FC in a battle of the armed forced from 8pm.

Digicel Pro League 2016-2017
Round One Match Day Seven results

(Sunday, November 20, 2016)
San Juan Jabloteh 1 (Nathan Lewis 1’) vs St. Ann’s Rangers 1 (Dylon King 68’), at Barataria Recreation Ground.

(Saturday, November 19, 2016)
Ma Pau Stars 0 vs Defence Force 1 (Devorn Jorsling 65’), at Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin;

Point Fortin Civic 1 (Nickcolson Thomas 16’ pen.) vs Central FC 4 (Kenwyne Jones 36’, 59’ Marcus Joseph 41’, Leston Paul 90’+3 pen.), at Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin.

(Friday, November 18, 2016)
W Connection 3 (Andre Toussaint 3’, Hughtun Hector 27’, Briel Thomas 44’) vs Morvant Caledonia United 1 (Seon Thomas 89’), at Naparima College Ground, San Fernando;

Club Sando 2 (Kevon Piper 19’, Akeem Humphrey 64’) vs Police FC 1 (Kenaz Williams 42’), at Naparima College Ground, San Fernando.

Upcoming Digicel Pro League 2016-2017 matches
Round One Match Day Eight
(Tuesday, November 22, 2016)
Ato Boldon Stadium
Ma Pau Stars vs Morvant Caledonia United—6pm
Defence Force vs Police FC—8pm

(Friday, November 25, 2016)
Santa Cruz Recreation Ground
San Juan Jabloteh vs W Connection—6pm

(Tuesday, November 29, 2016)
Ato Boldon Stadium
Club Sando vs Point Fortin Civic—6pm
Central FC vs St. Ann’s Rangers—8pm


Digicel Pro League 2016/17 standings

Rank

Team

MP

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Points

 

1

Central FC

7

6

1

0

16

6

10

19

 

2

W Connection

7

5

1

1

21

6

15

16

 

3

San Juan Jabloteh

7

5

1

1

16

8

8

16

 

4

St. Ann’s Rangers

7

3

2

2

10

9

1

11

 

5

Ma Pau Stars

7

3

1

3

11

10

1

10

 

6

Club Sando

7

2

1

4

13

16

-3

7

 

7

Defence Force

7

2

1

4

7

13

-6

7

 

8

Morvant Caledonia Utd.

7

1

3

3

12

15

-3

6

 

9

Police FC

7

1

2

4

13

14

1

5

 

10

Point Fortin Civic

7

0

1

6

5

27

-22

1