Can Jabloteh hold on for final CONCACAF qualifiers spot?

North East Stars to challenge ‘San Juan Kings’ for Kevon Carter trophy on final day

​Photo: San Juan Jabloteh head coach Keith Jeffrey.

Thursday May 19, 2016

San Juan Jabloteh are one point from securing a top-two finish – behind Digicel Pro League 2015-16 champions Central FC – which qualifies teams to the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship—the qualifier tournament to the CONCACAF Champions League.

But with North East Stars attempting to jump the “San Juan Kings” for the Kevon Carter trophy, which is awarded to the team with the highest points tally from round three in the DPL, earning the desired point could be a difficult task, let alone, to win when both sides meet in their final league game from 4pm on Saturday at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.

Jabloteh (51 points), second on the regular DPL standings, are three points clear of third-positioned Defence Force (48 points), and one point ahead of North East Stars on the Kevon Carter trophy standings.

A loss, however, against North East Stars coupled by a win for Defence Force in their final game against Morvant Caledonia United, also on Saturday, from 4pm at the Larry Gomes Stadium could see Jabloteh lose it all – handing the “Sangre Grande Stars” the Kevon Carter trophy and the Army/Coast Guard combination the highly sought-after CONCACAF Champions League qualifiers spot and a Defence Force booster ahead of their Digicel Pro Bowl 2016 final against W Connection on May 27.

Last week, Jabloteh coach Keith Jeffrey warned that “qualifying for the CONCACAF Champions League qualifiers is most important for the club’s management”.

Jeffrey added, “The Caribbean knows Jabloteh as a powerhouse and we believe it’s time we return to CFU.”

Jabloteh are coming off a 3-2 win over recently crowned CFU and DPL champions Central in a rescheduled league fixture last Tuesday, and are undefeated in their last 10 league games with a record of 9 wins and 1 draw.

Meanwhile North East Stars, who are yet to defeat Jabloteh side this season following a 2-2 draw and 3-1 loss, have seven wins from their last eight league games which included a 4-0 loss against Central, when the “Couva Sharks” completed the DPL repeat on May 8.

As for Defence Force, the Marvin Gordon coached-side’s record against Caledonia this season stands at 3 wins, including an 8-0 hammering of the Morvant side, and 2 losses in all competitions.

Defence Force most recently defeated Caledonia 2-0 on May 10 in the quarter-finals of the Pro Bowl, avenging a 5-1 loss less than a month earlier in the quarter-finals of the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield 2016 which the “Eastern Stallions” went on to capture. 

This weekend’s final slate of 2015-16 league games will kick-off with a double-header on Friday at the Ato Boldon Stadium with Club Sando against W Connection from 6pm followed by champions Central FC against cellar-positioned St. Ann’s Rangers from 8pm.

On Saturday, Point Fortin Civic will host Police FC from 4pm at the Mahaica Oval simultaneously to the fixtures at the Mannie Ramjohn (San Juan Jabloteh versus North East Stars) and Larry Gomes (Defence Force versus Morvant Caledonia United) stadia.

Final season fixtures
Digicel Pro League 2015/16
Round Three Match Day Nine
Friday May 20, 2016
Ato Boldon Stadium
Club Sando vs W Connection—6pm
Central FC vs St. Ann’s Rangers—8pm

Saturday May 21, 2016
Mahaica Oval
Point Fortin Civic vs Police FC—6pm

Larry Gomes Stadium
Defence Force vs Morvant Caledonia United—4pm

Mannie Ramjohn Stadium
San Juan Jabloteh vs North East Stars—4pm

Digicel Pro Bowl Final
Friday May 27
Ato Boldon Stadium
W Connection vs Defence Force


Digicel Pro League 2015/16 standings

#

Team

GP

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

1

Central FC

26

17

4

5

61

20

41

55

2

San Juan Jabloteh

26

16

3

7

50

36

14

51

3

Defence Force

26

14

6

6

53

22

31

48

4

W Connection

26

13

7

6

49

23

26

46

5

North East Stars

26

13

5

8

42

48

-6

44

6

Police FC

26

12

4

10

57

51

6

40

7

Club Sando

26

9

3

14

34

52

-18

30

8

Morvant Caledonia Utd

26

6

3

17

27

56

-29

21

9

Point Fortin Civic

26

5

4

17

23

56

-33

19

10

St. Ann’s Rangers

26

3

5

18

26

58

-32

14



Kevon Carter (DPL Round Three) trophy standings

#

Team

GP

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

1

San Juan Jabloteh

8

7

1

0

18

7

11

22

2

North East Stars

8

7

0

1

21

12

9

21

3

Central FC

8

5

0

3

17

7

10

15

4

Police FC

8

4

1

3

15

15

0

13

5

Defence Force

8

4

0

4

10

11

-1

12

6

W Connection

8

3

2

3

8

7

1

11

7

Club Sando

8

3

1

4

16

20

-4

10

8

Morvant Caledonia Utd

8

1

2

5

9

16

-7

5

9

St. Ann’s Rangers

8

1

1

6

10

18

-8

4

10

Point Fortin Civic

8

1

0

7

6

17

-11

3

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